As always, there’s the question of culture and vacations. Mecki and Mike don’t want to be regarded as lowbrows, and decide that spending a day or two in
one of those scenic Dutch towns with their canals, historic brick buildings and beautifully decorated house gables would be a good idea. In the vicinity of Egmond, Alkmaar and Hoorn are said to be worthwhile
destinations. Alkmaar, with a population of a little over 100.000 the biggest town in the area, boasts a beautiful historic city centre with a number of canals leading all the way into the heart of the city, a
handful of windmills along the former city walls, and a beautiful pedestrian-only downtown area. And what’s more, Alkmaar is a mere 10 kilometers from Egmond, which means that Felix and Mike can easily get there
by longboard and inline skates.
Hoorn, like Alkmaar, does not need to hide its face either. Having been a major base of the Dutch East India Company, Hoorn’s sailors sailed
the seven seas during the city’s golden age in the 16th and 17th
century. The name of South America’s southernmost tip, Cape Hoorn, still bears ample evidence of this glorious past. Today, these good old days are history, but it’s not a distant history, it’s a type of history that is present at almost every corner in the city. There’s the Hoofdtoren, a mighty tower from the early 1600s to guard the harbour entrance, or the Staatencollege, the former seat of the West Frisian estates assembly, or the lovely little shops downtown. Almost every building in Hoorn is very historic, well maintained and an inviting place for sightseeing or shopping.