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    • Day4

      Zaanse Schans

      June 5, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Haben das Museumsdorf Zaanse Schans besucht und alte, originale Windmühlen besichtigt.
      Die Farbstoffmühle - anno 1782, eine Kappenwindenmühle, ist vermutlich die letzte verbliebenen windbetriebene Farbstoffmühle der Welt.
      Die Sägemühle - auch eine Kappenwindmühle - wurde 1942 abgerissen und anhand von Zeichnungen und moderner Computertechnik wieder aufgebaut.
      Ölmühlen gab es ab 1600 und dienten zur Herstellung von Leinöl (für Farben und Lacke), Rapsöl (für Lampenöl und zum Kochen) und Hanföl (als Grundbestandteil von grüner Seife).
      Im 17. und 18. Jhd. erlebte die Region Zaanstreek ihre industrielle Blütezeit und es gab an die 1100 Windmühlen im ersten westeuropäischen Industriegebiet.
      Es gibt ein interaktives Windmühlenmuseum über die Entstehung und die Geschichte der Region und der Windmühlen. Weiters eine Käserei, ein Zeitmuseum, eine Küferei (Fasslbinder) und die Schokoladefabrik im Zaans Museum.
      Sehr interessant und wirklich toll organisiert. Wir haben viel erfahren und viel gesehen. Die Museen sind interaktiv und spannend gestaltet.
      Später haben wir unsere Leipziger Freunde getroffen, die heute in Amsterdam angekommen sind und mit denen wir ab morgen 8 Tage mit einer Motoryacht auf den Kanälen im Norden Hollands unterwegs sein werden.

      P.S. habe mir in Zaanse Schans einen "Friesennerz" gekauft und nachdem es heute so geschüttet hat, habe ich mit dieser Regenjacke einen Stresstest gemacht - Jacke war dicht, Sneakers nicht so....
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    • Day8

      Les moulins de Zaanse Schans 🌬

      March 15, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      Après une nuit reposante pour tous, on savoure notre petit déjeuner à l'auberge.
      On prend des forces en prévision de notre journée "chargée".
      Un camarade de chambre nous a conseillé un petit magasin pour louer des vélos à 7€ la journée et on saute sur l'occasion pour en louer et se diriger vers les moulins de Zaanse Schans qui est un lieu emblématique des Pays Bas.
      Nous avons proposé à Alexia qu'on a rencontré dans l'auberge de nous accompagner. Et grosse coïncidence : elle connaît très bien Grenoble car elle a quitté la Chine pour faire son erasmus à GEM. Comme le monde est petit !

      Après 15km de vélo, nous arrivons dans ce très joli lieu. De magnifiques maisons vertes entourées par des moulins aux ailes immenses.
      Nous profitons de ce moment pour nous balader et même profiter d'une petite dégustation de fromages. Les fromages ne sont pas aussi variés qu'en France mais leurs différences d'affinage et de goûts les rend tout de même appétissants.

      La soirée s'annonce tranquille. On reprend des forces pour visiter le centre ville d'Amsterdam demain.
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      Traveler

      pq y’a pas des nuages visages sur ces photos là ?

      3/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      il faut zoomer bcp pour les voir

      3/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      Peut-on en savoir plus sur les fromages du pays bas? ça nous intéresse

      3/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      Vous vous ennuyez à budapest les gars nn ?

      3/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      mais sinon très très bon, surtout qu’ils étaient gratuits 🐀🐀🐀🐀

      3/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      les 5 mois vont être longs..

      3/16/22Reply
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    • Day4

      Full Day in AMS

      June 10, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ 🌬 15 °C

      It’s only 6:30 p.m. and today has been a DAY! We started out by being introduced to our IES staff (the program leading the study abroad) and being introduced to the area around. I have never seen such beautiful architecture and it is so fun how different it is than home! Next we took a tour to Zaanse Schans to see the history behind the windmills in Amsterdam. Here, us late arrivals got to meet the rest of the IES students and met up with a few at a borrel after our tour. Borrels - casual hangouts often involving a few drinks. After this, I made my first grocery trip and am officially stocked up on snacks! Although today was so very fun and eventful, I am so happy to be laying in my bed. 🤩 Bonus - Elena finally received her luggage ❤️Read more

      Traveler

      😍😍 love all the pics

      6/10/22Reply
      Traveler

      ❤️❤️

      6/10/22Reply

      Loving everything you and Elena shares with us !!! 😘 [Karen Cooley]

      6/10/22Reply
      Traveler

      you know we love to take pictures 🥰

      6/10/22Reply
       
    • Day194

      Amsterdam, Netherlands

      November 18, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

      Goedemorgen vanuit Amsterdam!

      For most our trip, we've been pretty lucky from a weather perspective (unless you consider a heat wave in Italy and Switerland unlucky). Even Scotland was relatively clear skied. In this leg of our trip our luck caught up with us. As you will see from our pictures, Amsterdam was mostly rainy the entire time we were there.

      The name Amsterdam means Dam on the River Amstel (maybe that's common knowledge, but it was news to me). It's extensive canal system has garnered it the nickname the "Venice of the North." This canal system is also a UNESCO heritage site. Founded at the confluence of 3 Rivers, Amsterdam is naturally a swamp (before human intervention). Waking around you can spot a few buildings that are tilted. That tilt is not always from a bad foundation though. Many of the houses built along the canal were originally warehouses. Goods were never stored on the bottom floor for fear of floods. So most had a pulley system to raise goods to the top floor. Leaning the house forward made it easier to raise the goods without taking out a window by accident. However we did see a fair amount of homes tilted every which way which was referred to a bad tilt due to the unstable soil.

      Amsterdam was a beautiful city and one of our favorites.
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      Traveler

      ahhh the canal ice skating... only a month away

      11/19/22Reply
      Traveler

      Probably would be a cool sight, but I do want to avoid those temperatures.

      11/19/22Reply

      Interesting to see that most people travel by bicycles.. or boat. [EE]

      11/20/22Reply
      Traveler

      yes bicycles are very very common in the Netherlands especially Amsterdam they are known for it. All streets in the city have bike lanes.

      11/20/22Reply
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    • Day194

      Windmills in Zaansee Schans, Netherlands

      November 18, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Today Dave and Emily went to Zansee Chans which has a handful of traditional windmills north of the Netherlands.

      First up, the windmills were quite interesting. The windmills were used by the Dutch for many things. First and probably most important, a lot of the northern Netherlands is swampland. See the picture of Holland. Anything in dark and light blue is below sea level. The windmills were used to pump water out of some land to make it workable. The Dutch would build a "polder" around an area of land (basically a dike), then put canals through that area of land. The windmills would control the flow of water inside the dam. In fact you can see the River in one picture is higher than the artificial canals. The canals concentrate the remaining water and draw it away from the land inside the polders. These canals run all over the Wetlands of the Netherlands.

      The mills were also used mill grain or make wooden boards. In fact, the Dutch East India Company was able to rise to its economic power in the 17th and 18th century due to the Dutch ability to mass produce boats faster than all competitors. They were producing 800 boats a year.

      Last fun fact, the top of the windmills can actually pivot to face the wind. One picture of the back of the windmill, should show how the head is on a cog attached to the wide base.
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      Traveler

      ok now that is a picture I want to share... please!!! please!!!

      11/20/22Reply
      Traveler

      good by me

      11/20/22Reply
      Traveler

      This has to be my all time favorite group of pictures!!! Just awesome

      11/20/22Reply
      Traveler

      what Dave didn't mention is they have a massive plant 5 miles from here that roasts 60-70% of the world's chocolate beans. The entire air out here reeks of chocolate it's amazing.

      11/20/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ha, yeah that was a thing. I think we were on the wrong tour.

      11/21/22Reply
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    • Day96

      Another day in Amsterdam!

      June 25, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 66 °F

      Miles: 5.1 Steps: 14191
      Flights stairs: 10

      So the weather has definitely not been as bad as forecasted here in Amsterdam. It has hardly rained at all, and actually it’s been beautiful blue sky for the most part.

      We keep seeing all different kinds of restaurants - so different than in the US. Today we saw a fast food place, where the food is kept in little cubbies and you access it yourself. Like a vending machine, but it was warm, and actually not half bad.

      We took a day trip out to the small town of Zaanse Schwans. Just a 20 min train ride out of town. It is a town of historic working windmills and houses that recreated an 18th century Dutch village. They had many demonstrations going on — cheese making, clog building, and we were able to go thru the last working dye windmill in the world. They create dyes for paints and chalks - most notably the chalk used to line futbol fields! It was a really relaxing time walking around the village. And an added plus … the whole town smelled of cooking chocolate, as there was a huge chocolate making factory right next door. Very odd and fun to constantly smell chocolate everywhere.

      After seeing the village we went into to town and saw “Jurassic World”. This is our third movie in Europe, and this theater was even different than the others. It had lamps at each big wonderful seat. Great experience, and pretty good movie. 😃
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      Traveler

      futbol.....lol

      6/25/22Reply
      Traveler

      Very cool. Did you see anyone in Dutch wooden clogs?

      6/25/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Yep. The guy making them and other shops people.

      6/25/22Reply
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    • Day5

      Windmills, windmills, windmills

      April 10, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

      Goedemorgen family and friends, another day, another adventure! It is Sunday and we take a little slower and don’t leave the hotel until 10! It is beautiful out, not to much wind, sunshine blue skies and still a little cool.
      So a tram ride to Central station and then with tickets in hand to hop on a bus for Zaanse Schans! The bus is full as others have the same idea! A half hour ride and we see windmills!
      There are 20 in the area (there used to be 1000 in the Zaan district). Windmills all do a specific job. Some saw wood, others milled oilseed, others made paint. It goes on from there.
      This area reminds me of Heritage park with its quaint shops and old world feel.
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      Traveler

      Looks so pretty when the sun shines!

      4/12/22Reply
       
    • Day3

      Zaans Schans

      July 4, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Woke up early today to pick up our rented car and start today's journey. Today we went to zaanse schans, one of Netherlands oldest preserved village. We got to experience how people lived back a long time ago, what they had to struggle with and their working life.
      This included seeing the weaving house, the copper workshop, the cheese workshop and the clock workshop. Seeing how the process of all these products used to be done and are still used today was a mesmerising experience. We also got to see the oldest windmills and how they impacted the yield of the product made. I learnt a lot from this village and the view was indescribably beautiful.
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      Traveler

      Love the adjective use.

      7/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      :3

      7/6/22Reply
       
    • Day11

      Windmills!

      September 10, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      In researching options for our final day, we decided to ditch a formal tour and do it ourselves, so we got an uber to Zaanse Schans, a country village not far from Amsterdam where they have a collection of fully restored working windmills.
      The village itself is on the Zaans river and is full of traditional buildings, crafts and shops. The main venue is a bit of a tourist trap but we had a good time exploring a working oil mill, sampling free cheese from the cheese shop and watching a clog shoe maker in action. There was also a chocolate factory and museum on site but we started to get hungry and didnt want to pay an additional €12 each so we headed back to the city for some Italian food. Overall it worked out cheaper than the tours, plus we got picked up from our apartment door and could do what we wanted.
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    • Day2

      Zaanse Schans

      September 28, 2021 in the Netherlands ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

      I got up the next morning and grabbed my stuff, turns out I wasn't able to put the truffles in the fridge unfortunately. I got to the train station and made my way to Zaanse Schans first to see some windmills, I had a nice Dutch breakfast before heading into the site. It was really pretty, with windmills built by the waterside and a small village inside that also had connecting canals. Supposedly, there should also be tulips if I went on the right season. I looked around for a bit and made my way to Zandvoort beach afterwards.Read more

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