Amsterdam: The Countryside

When we were planning our trip, we knew we needed to go see windmills.  I mean, when I think of Holland, I think about tulips and windmills!  We were too early for the tulips, so that left the windmills!  The last day we were in Amsterdam, we took a train to Zaanse Schans, which is a neighborhood that highlights the industrial history of this area.  We went to a clog workshop, a chocolatier, a weaver, and many other shops to see how things were made back in the 18th and 19th centuries.  We even went into one of the windmills – the one that we visited makes linseed oil using just the power of the wind!  It was a beautiful place to walk around and we learned so much about the major industries of this area in Holland.  I think our favorite stop was the clog workshop, but a close second was the windmill!  We saw two cute cats while we were there and of course Mike had to say hi!  It was a great way to spend our last day in Holland!

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Lampposts, Zaandam, 2018

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Main Street, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Arched Entry, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Still Waters, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Binnenplaats, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Seashell Walkway, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Bare Branches, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Canal Crossing, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Bigfoot, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Peaceful Dutch Morning, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Wedding Clogs, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Clog Maker, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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For Sale, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Dutch Kitty, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Mini Mill, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Delft Tiles, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Wind Power, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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De Zoeker Molen, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Grinding Stones, De Zoeker Molen, 2018

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Cattle Flakes, De Zoeker Molen, 2018

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Wind-Powered Sawmill, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Chocolate Molds, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Cacaolab Treats, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Sail-Making Loom, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Blacksmith’s Shop, Zaanse Schans, 2018

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Zaan River, Zaandam, 2018

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On the Banks of the Zaan, Zaandam, 2018

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Mirrored Branches, Zaandam, 2018

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