Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lost and found - Euro Trip 7


This isnt tulip season in Holland, they are made of wood
They say a trip to Holland is not complete without spotting an old windmill from “Zaanse Schans” (the Dutch country side) and visiting the famous fishing villages Volendam and Marken, that's what we exactly did. The bus stopped at Volendam, where we were given one hour time to roam around, have lunch and board the ferry to go to Marken.Volendam harbour from 13th century is famous for old fishing boats, traditional houses and for people who still follow the Old Dutch customs.

No wonder Picasso and Renoir cherished this place.
Like me, miss smiley had problem understanding guide’s accent. So we double checked with him on the time and went around sightseeing. We had lunch at the same restaurant where he had his. When we finished our meal he wasn't there, but we had solid 10 minutes, and the port was just few meters away. We reached the port 2:35 but to our dismay they had left at 2:25.

Voldendam from ferry
We both stood clueless in a remote fishing village, with feeble network coverage, with no bag (all in the tourist bus which suppose to pick us from Marken) and no information as where to go. “That guide saw us going inside, how we can he leave us like that” smiley got so worried and furious. I asked her to be calm and enquired the guy in the counter about the next ferry to Marken. Thankfully there was one after 25 minutes, but the travel time is 20 minutes. So we were going to be delayed for an hour.

Marken from ferry
We missed visiting wooden shoe factory in Marken .But what bothered us was, the tourist office when called told that we had less than 10 minutes after alighting to catch up to the group. So we ran through beautiful streets of Marken.

Marken, behind me is the wooden shoe factory  ( I found my bus look)
Sadly, it seemed like a place where one can spend an entire day. There were flowers everywhere, apple trees leaning into the road appearing like arch from fences. To our relief, we caught up to group when they were about to leave.

The tram of Amsterdam
We came back to Amsterdam and boarded another bus for next part of the tour. First we visited picturesque town called Delft which is famous for Delftware pottery.

Town of Delft
Delftware is world famous hand painted pottery from 16th century. These days Delft is known because of British Airways. They painted aircraft with Delft designs and also sold Delft replica of miniature Dutch houses

This family owned factory produces “Delftse Pauw” pottery for many generations.

We were given demonstration on how the clay is made into shapes and heated in the kiln.

These wares bake in kiln for hours at 500°C !

from normal plate to art

She must love her job!
Later design is traced into these plates, and painted with oxides, white glaze and heated again to produce the shiny surface

Beware they are good to look, light to hold but very heavy on purse.




P.s: I would be posting throughout this week as I want to finish this travelogue. I hope it isn’t dragging too much. If you think I can cut short the story and just put pictures with descriptions, please let me know.

21 comments:

Savitha said...

first! :)

athivas said...

Awesome clay pottery,Sri! The colors and designs look great!Thanks for sharing!!

The first picture is so colorful!!

gils said...

ivlo fotos!! each one looks gud..ana takes time to load da...y dnt u put them in flickr or something and give link ?

mybittersweetkoreanlife said...

As always, another interesting post filled with vibrant photos.

I love entries about travel, more please!!!

A journey called Life said...

ohh lovely lovely, best in the series so far... i wish i can go there once..

Srivats said...

@ Savitha

Pottery ungalukkey ! :) Enjoy

@Gils
Photos size kuraichu dhaan podaren,each one is about 120kb avlo dhaan erukkum. sari try panren da

@Mybittersweetkoreanlife
Good you liked it, Sure I would try :)

@AJCL
I am sure R would take you someday :) and you can write how chotu has enjoyed it

Swaram said...

Loved the Town of Delft of Marken from Ferry pics the most :)

N the pottery, I want all that for home decor :P I wil go there with lotz of money for shopping ;) ;)

A journey called Life said...

actually ur travelogue is just right, in terms of words and pictures, my 2 cents- just write the way u r dont change anything

athivas said...

@Swaram: Sri has given me pottery for coming first today. Will share with you :P

Annam said...

fotos ellamey sooperu

Annam said...

P.s: I would be posting throughout this week as I want to finish this travelogue. I hope it isn’t dragging too much. If you think I can cut short the story and just put pictures with descriptions, please let me know.
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athaan vaasika ithana peru irukomla apppuramenna cut short kit shortnu:)

அன்புடன் அருணா said...

wooden tulips! lovely!Again I envy you!

R-ambam said...

enna solraanga ? avanga oorla cup plate thaan nallaarukkum , namma oorla coffee tea , saapaadu nallarukkumnaa?

R-ambam said...

Its not dragging, but its better u jot down before forgetting the details..

Srivats said...

Rambam

//Its not dragging, but its better u jot down before forgetting the details..//

Romba latea podrennu solreengala.. epdeenga neenga mattum ella postleyum epdi damagingavee commentikareenga ? ungalukku naan samachu kuda kodukaliye ?

J said...

Lovely pictures of the pottery and the making of it. Love the travelogue the way it is.

Srivats said...

Rambam

//enna solraanga ? avanga oorla cup plate thaan nallaarukkum , namma oorla coffee tea , saapaadu nallarukkumnaa//

naan apdi edhuvum sonna maari therleye

Ramesh said...

You've got to see quite a number of the nice places in Holland Sri - Gouda, Marken, Delft. Very nice.

Moral of the story - If you get smitten with smileys, you miss the bus :-)

As everybody has said, this is a super travelogue. Don't change anything. One post a day would be a treat indeed.

Srivats said...

@ Swaram
Yes go with bag full of money :)

@AJCL
Amen, thanks a load :) sure would do

@ Aruna
Actually you would hve writtern so beautifully if u were there :)

@Annam
//athaan vaasika ithana peru irukomla apppuramenna cut short kit shortnu:)
//

Touched! :)

@J
Thanks for comments :) Glad you like them :)

@Ramesh

//Moral of the story - If you get smitten with smileys, you miss the bus :-)
//

I know you would tell this hahah :) thanks for the suggestion sure I would keep it , just the way it is :)

Charissism said...

I love Miss Smiley! I hope I can have a travelmate like her. *wink*

You always seem to capture awesome shots Sri! You definitely have an eye in photography. Keep it up!

Chan said...

Mate, first a lebanese girl comes and makes friend with you and then you both are stuck missing your bus in some dutch town...DDLJ effect irukku ponga....