Zaandam (1) – Gedempte Gracht

Zaandam is a city in the province of North Holland.  Approximately 16 kms north of Amsterdam, it sits beside the Zaan River close to the North Sea Canal.  It’s a quick 20 minute train ride from Amsterdam Centraal to Zaandam Centraal.

Right outside the doors of the eastern side of the station, there is a commercial area called Gedempte Gracht.  Full of shops and eateries, it resembles an outdoor shopping mall with a canal running down the middle.  It ends at the Zaan river and Peperstraat begins.

Because the finish line of the “Dam Tot Damloop Marathon” was on Peperstraat, we passed though this area.

 

zandaam15.001i

Brightly lit window displays.

 

 

zandaam15.050i

We arrive for the “Dam Loop By Night” and head towards the finish line on Peperstraat.

 

 

zandaam15.051i

Heading back to the Station

 

 

zandaam15.052i

Inside the platforms of Zaandam Station, we wait for the train to take us back to Amsterdam.

 

 

zandaam15.067i

Next morning I returned to Zaandam to wait for Rod at the Finish Line.  You can see participants of the “Dam Tot Damloop” catching the train to take them to the start line outside Amsterdam Centraal.

 

 

zandaam15.070-2i

Outside Zaandam Station

 

 

zandaam15.071-2i

Inntel Hotel beside the station.  The outside facade of this hotel is designed to look like 70 stacked houses.

 

 

zandaam15.074i

 

 

zandaam15.072-2i

“Pathe” is a movie theatre

 

 

zandaam15.073-2i

Apartment living in the heart of Gedempte Gracht

 

 

zandaam15.075i

Where Gedempte Gracht ends and Peperstraat begins

 

 

zandaam15.138-2i

 

 

zandaam15.135-2i

Apartments along the Zaan River

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: