It is quite windy and wet
during our trip across the Randmeren.
But a little further, on the Utrechtse Vecht
the rough water is no longer visible.
We go straight through Weesp,
where we moored before.
At the time we were so focused on the Vecht
that we forgot to see where this waterway ends up.
When we look at the map at home
we only see where it is going!
We are now here and now
Normally we always go south via the Vecht.
But if we just sail through Weesp over
the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal
and then take the Weespertrekvaart towards Amsterdam.
You can already feel it coming.
We sail on the Weespertrekvaart,
passing this beautiful hollow post mill,
crossing the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal
and along the Bijlmer,
and the Omval sailing.
The last part of our trip goes over the Amstel to Uithoorn
where we moor in the center.
So where are we going today?
We are Pieter and Marieke
and both love to sail.
Pieter is especially happy with the sun on his head,
although it has its drawbacks.
Why did you pick up the card?
Because the iPad has shut down
due to overheating.
He's at the helm,
I'm operating the camera.
Our boat is a St Tropez cabin cruiser,
with which we prefer to make very long trips.
View the Netherlands from the water with us.
This villa is said to have as many as 99 rooms,
from cocoa manufacturer Casparus van Houten.
He had a nice view of his chocolate factory
on the other side of the water.
You may still recognize the cans of cocoa powder,
including this one,
with the image of the mill a little further on,
once owned by the chocolate family.
It was the time of the migration fever, at the end of the seventeenth century.
Fast transport, and always on time.
The Weespertrekvaart was one of the first in the Netherlands.
Here it crosses the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal,
which was not built until centuries later.
The canal was dug as a fast waterway between Amsterdam and Tiel,
instead of the winding and therefore slow Utrechtse Vecht.
Usually it is quite busy here.
This time we only have to let 1 inland vessel go first.
Because the water level is the same as the surrounding water
the locks here are almost exclusively there for decoration.
Here is Driemond, the name says it all,
the mouth of three streams,
the Smal Weesp, the Gaasp and the Gein.
The latter flows here under this nice bridge
The Weespertrekvaart is 11 kilometers long
and, in addition to the route of the Smal Weesp and the Gaasp,
also follows the ring canals of the polders Bijlmermeer and Watergraafsmeer.
We come across about twenty bridges on the way.
Most are movable,
the lowest fixed bridge is more than four meters.
Well, we're in new territory, aren't we?
Yes, the Weespertrekvaart!
We had never sailed them before.
On the way to?
Yes, that's the question, isn't it?
In any case, we are going to the Amstel ...
But where we will sleep tonight
we still have to find out.
You don't notice it, but on the port side, behind the green,
is already the Amsterdam residential area the Bijlmer,
built on the spot where the Bijlmermeer once lay,
once drained a polder where grain had to grow
to feed the population.
The green environment abruptly changes into houses and offices.
We approach Diemen,
where little of the original buildings have survived.
Only the St. Peter's Church with the imposing rectory still has a bit of a historic appearance.
Interesting is the white building next to it.
It was once the predecessor of St. Peter's Church,
and at that time a Catholic church was
especially not allowed to look like a church.
The area surrounding this last stretch of trekvaart
used to be the domain of a notorious motorcycle club,
and of the Bijlmer prison.
The prison towers have made way for luxury homes,
with a beautiful view of the water.
We have a view of the highest tower in Amsterdam,
which is located on a former peninsula
where the painter found his inspiration.
At the foot of the Rembrandtoren is caf de Omval,
a former porter's house of a chocolate factory
that disappeared long ago.
The cafe is not there for long either.
In addition to the tower blocks, the Weespertrekvaart ends in the Amstel,
which flows starboard to the center of Amsterdam
and there ends in the Amsterdam canals.
We go out port,
upstream along this last bit of Amsterdam
to the origin of this famous water,
the river that every Dutch person knows,
even if it is only from the beer!
Not long ago, the Zuidergasfabriek stood behind this charming lift bridge.
The factory gas was no longer needed after the discovery of the gas bubble in Groningen.
Now a new part of the city is emerging here.
The Amstel flows more or less between Uithoorn and Amsterdam.
The river has been a plaything for water managers for centuries.
It has been made a little longer, straightened
and when it suits it just as easily
the flow is reversed.
Just like along the Utrechtse Vecht, the rich Amsterdammers built their country estates here.
About seventy once stood in Amstelland along the Amstel.
There are three left.
Ouderkerk unfolds beautifully along the banks of the Amstel,
with the Amstelkerk and the Urbanuskerk as eye-catchers.
However small it may be, Ouderkerk has a rich history,
and was probably the base of operations for the illustrious Heren van Amstel
who helped build Amsterdam at the cradle of the dam in the Amstel.
But what you might find even more interesting:
you can sail through this bridge over the Bullewijk, the Waver and the Winkel
to the Vinkeveense Plassen!
We will do that another time.
We now sail further over the Amstel,
past this former gunpowder factory.
Many people found work there,
but the fear of explosions was always there.
Just like in Ouderkerk, we come across an Urbanuskerk here
and there are two more in the area.
They are probably named after Pope Urban the First,
also known as the Bishop of Amstelland.
You could call him when thunder and lightning threatened,
but he also seemed to help with drunkenness.
From a remote corner in the peat to the suburb of Amsterdam:
We moor in the marina in the center.
There is also something to see there!
Tomorrow we will continue,
via Vrouwenakker, the Tolhuissluizen and Bilderdam
to the Braassem.
That video will be on our channel soon.
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Thanks for looking!