On to the village of Volendam.

Volendam was founded in 1357, when a land reclamation project filled in a section of sea and was settled, mainly by Catholics. Edgar tells us that “no offense meant, but the Catholics have very high standards when it comes to their property, and their homes and gardens are impeccable!”
Never the less, we're warned several times to look out for pick pockets.
Volendam has a population of just 22,000, with traditional Dutch architecture, lovely gardens with many of the same summer flowers we have blooming in Minnesota, and no one in the old part of town locks their bicycle.

St Vincent's is their local church.

Complete with clock tower.

Most of the houses have traditional Dutch doors.

Once again we're impressed with the lack of litter compared with Amsterdam.