Velvet Moments: travel photo – sailing on the Markermeer

It was a chilly day for a sailing trip on the Markermeer near the village of Marken but the amazing light and the gorgeous clouds that day made the experience simply magical!


Located in the middle of the Netherlands, the Markermeer is the southern half of the Ijsselmeer, a large lake that used to be called the Zuiderzee or Southern Sea. In the 16th-17th centuries, the villages and towns around the Zuiderzee prospered from fishing and trade with the East Indies. In the early part of the 20th century, the Afsluitdijk, a causeway, was built at the mouth of the Zuiderzee as part of a broader plan to effectively protect low-lying areas of the country from the sea. As a consequence, the Zuiderzee was transformed into a lake and was renamed the Ijsselmeer. The Ijsselmeer was later split into two with the completion of yet another causeway. The southern half of the lake was given the name Markermeer. The massive lake is very popular amongst sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts, especially in the summer.

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4 Responses to “Velvet Moments: travel photo – sailing on the Markermeer”

  1. Keith Jenkins 26/10/2012 2:31 pm

    Hehe, thanks Jeremy! 🙂

  2. Jeremy (TravelApprentice) 26/10/2012 4:37 am

    Great shot! Nice purple with the bird flying by. And a nice little Viking ship, minus the Vikings 🙂

  3. velvet 11/10/2012 9:28 am

    Thanks Janice! It sure was a beautiful day for a sailing trip. 🙂

  4. SandInMySuitcase 10/10/2012 6:18 pm

    Luv the purple sunburst of color! Sounds like a great day…

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