Zaanse Schans - Windmills!

Trip Start Mar 19, 2009
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Trip End Mar 24, 2009


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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Another day, another sunrise!
Today we decided to go to Zaanse Schans Park to see lots of windmills.  At first I didn't want to since it is a big tourist attraction and I thought the windmills were "put" there.  But turns out they were not.  They have created a replica village of the 17th-18th centuries but seeing some old historic pictures, the windmills have been there for a LONG time.  Here's the website:  http://www.zaanseschans.nl/
 

 

 



There were a number of workshops and crafts shops including one where they make clogs.  I tried some on for fun and they were so comfortable I bought some! Also saw clogs being made. A highlight was the cheese shop where we saw them make cheese and tasted several varieties...each one more tasty than the last.  Unbelievable!  If we didn't have to drive home without a cooler, we would have bought a lot!  I guess it's a good thing everyone in the Netherlands bikes and walks everywhere because the Edam and Gouda cheese is very high in fat - no wonder it's so delicious.

We also walked by several windmills and were able to go inside one that was a dye mill - it makes dye.  There are several kinds of windmills - Polder Windmills remove water and are used to reclaim land.  A lot of the Netherlands used to be under water and many parts of it are still below sea level.  There are also lumber windmills, which we saw here, and mills used for grinding to make flour, dye, etc.  We saw windmills everywhere not just at this park.  And many of them are still lived in.  More on that later.
 


We ended the day in Volderdam.  Supposed to be a very touristy town where everyone dresses in traditional Dutch clothing.  I guess just in the summer because we didn't see it.  Did have a wonderful dinner though.  The food has been wonderful everywhere.
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VRBO in Edam

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