Trip to Amsterdam~Day 2 (Windmill Village)
The weather on the second day was not too bright, and the temperature was chilly. Then we decided to take a day to visit the beautiful Dutch windmill village, Zaanse Schans is on the banks of the Zaan river. We got the train tickets from Schiphol airport to Sloterdijk first then change to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans, it took about half an hour.
In the 17th and 18th century there were thousands of windmills along the dykes; sawmills, dye mills, oil mills, etc that powered the Dutch economy. The Zaanse Schans village gives you a picture of what it must have been like. Not all the windmills and buildings started out in Zaanse Schans, many of them were moved here from the region as they came under threat from urban development across North Holland.
Along the curve river with so many tidy greenhouses. In the 17th and 18th century there were thousands of windmills along the dykes; sawmills, dye mills, oil mills, etc that powered the Dutch economy. Nowadays, they still have working windmills, and small museums called the Clock Museum and the first Albert Jeijn store. Also, including a sawmill, a paint mill (grinding pigments), and oil mill (grinding linseed or peanuts to draw off the oil). On the ground floor of the oil mill, I can see huge grindstones crushing peanuts which were then roasted and pressed so that the oil could be extracted. Both the grindstones and the press are driven by the windmill.
There was so many to browse around, then we chose the cheese museum. It is amazing, I haven’t seen that much colourful cheese lying on the shelf neatly. Visitors are busy to have a little sample to taste one by one. That’s is fun!
The clog shop was worth to visit, people got to see how they make the wooden shoes in the olden days! Interesting!
And there have few unusual crafty wooden shoes that you may not see them before.
One of the stores that I like the most is called: Trash treasures.
This place just like a treasure cave, the deeper you dig in, the more you can see. Lots of all sorts little things arrange in order looks like they all can tell you a story.
About 4 o’clock afternoon, we have walked 5 hours already. That’s enough for us we think, time to go back to have a good rest.
It will be more exciting for tomorrow’s schedule, so stay tuned!