Aug 15 In Amsterdam

Written by Jack van Ommen on August 15th, 2009

Carol and I had breakfast at my nephew’s home in Haarlem. Dirk Jan and his two sons, Daan and Lucas came aboard in Ijmuiden for the ride through the sea locks and the North Sea Canal to Amsterdam. My sister Karolien and her husband Herman came to meet us at the locks. It was a new experience being sluiced through the locks with at least 15 sail boats. Every one sailed the canal. A rare sight in the U.S. where one usually relies on the motor only. A marechausee boat directed us to the side for passport control. A delay but exciting for the young boys and a great photo opportunity. I am writing this from Carol’s home in a 1605 building, where my grandfather moved in 1925 and he was born and I lived for s short period in 1944, while my mother was interned. To-night we continue our trip through the canals to my moorage, when the railroad bridge opens.

In the locks

In the locks

Dutch scene from the ride to Amsterdam

Dutch scene from the ride to Amsterdam

 

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