Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Zaanse Schans (traditional Dutch village with windmills) for the 3rd time

And I know there will be a 4th, 5th, 6th and MORE time! The 4th visit is closing in already because an old girl friend is coming to town on a whirlwind European tour at the end of the month. I think I will bring her here. She wants to see some windmills, wooden shoes and lots of cheese.

The Zaanse Schans village is open to the public throughout the year. There is no entrance fee, however, some of the attractions may charge an admission fee.

Zaanse Schans is one of the best preserved traditional Dutch villages showcasing Dutch history and time-honoured architecture including a large concentration of old windmills. It is an open-air museum village where real people still live.

I was here early September this year with my cousin, Dr. Balin who was visiting as well. She was in Italy for work and managed to fly to the Netherlands to spend a long weekend with me. I dined with her in Utrecht, toured Amsterdam, had pancakes in the Dutch countryside, visited the most beautiful castle in the Netherlands, spent an afternoon in Marken and we also attended a fiesta in Volendam which I will post an entry soon.

Here are the pictures of our visit in Zaanse Schans:

I have no idea what I am doing with my hands here? lol

The first Albert Heijn store was in Zaanse Schans, Zaandam. The left house.

There are 8 windmills in Zaanse Schans. There is a wooden shoe factory and a cheese-making factory as well in the village.

Zaanse Schans is about 15-20 minutes from Amsterdam. Another one of the many choices of a picture-perfect traditional village side trip.

More information: Zaanse Schans Official Website

Travel Period: September 2012
Destination: Zaanse Schans (Zaandam – North Holland), The Netherlands

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