Time seems to have stopped in the pretty village of Oosterleek, right next to the IJsselmeer. This small settlement of under a hundred souls first features in the history books as Oesterleke, a reference to a nearby stream (a “leek”). Most of its inhabitants made a living as fishermen or sailors. The local inn “’t IJsselmeer” is the centerpiece of the village. Do let the bartender seduce you with the local brew, the “Oosterleeker Botterbier”. The village church has a wooden tower that was rebuilt in 1690 and a special seashell cemetery. Only two such cemeteries exist in the Netherlands; they were used to bury drowned mariners when the IJsselmeer was still the Zuiderzee and directly connected to the sea.