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Thursday was a day to explore more charming Dutch villages. We started in the harbor town of Hoorn.

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You can tell it’s a harbor town because there’s a boat on the steeple.

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The main attraction in Hoorn is the Westfries Museum. Tons of artifacts from the Dutch Golden Age, a time of great trade and art and life.

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Hey look, dollies!

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And it’s always fun to see historical paintings of places you visit. Here is the main square in Hoorn:

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And for whatever reason, there is a dodo outside the museum. I took a photo, of course.

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After the museum we rode a few more stops on the train to Enkhuizen.

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And the main attraction in Enkhuizen is the Zuiderzee living history museum. The museum was founded in the 1930s, when the sea was diked off, in an effort to preserve pre-dike ways of life.

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There are all sorts of exhibits, like the barber,

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the sailmaker,

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the butcher,

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and my favorite, the pharmacy!

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I found this living history museum a little lacking in life. Most of the staff was either at lunch, or speaking Dutch.

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Once we had poked around enough of the museum, we grabbed a ferry back to the train station. Back at the hotel just in time for dinner.

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A few final photos. In the “you don’t see that every day” category, Goats in a Boat.

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and a little taste of home at the train station!

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