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    • Day 194

      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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    • Day 9

      Amsterdam (Pt 4 - Zaanse Schans)

      July 18, 2023 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      On our second day in Amsterdam we took a half-day tour to Zaanse Schans, a historical town just outside of Amsterdam. Zaanse Schans has the greatest density of working windmills anywhere in the Netherlands as, when windmill use in industry began declining last century, many were relocated to the area alongside historical houses from across the region. It now houses chalk, timber, pigment, linseed and pepper mills, as well as traditional clog, cheese and chocolate factories. It was extremely interesting and very pretty!Read more

    • Day 4

      Amsterdam Day 3

      May 8 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 57 °F

      After sleeping in very late for the first time in months we ventured to Zaandam and ZaanseSchans to see the windmills. Then we checked out Nieuwmarkt for lunch at Gewaeght Cafe and a coffee shop before strolling through the Red Light District. After a sushi dinner at a 1 Michelin star restaurant (A-Fusion) we happened across the pro-Palestine protests while walking along the canals and exploring Dam square. It was another adventurous day!Read more

    • Day 11


      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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    • Day 4

      Bike Trip to Zaanse Schans

      July 13, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      We booked a bike trip to Zaanse Schans in Zaandam with Kendra. We used electric bikes and it was a beautiful bike ride through the countryside. We saw tons of windmills on the way and cows, sheep, geese, etc. The town of Zaanse Schans is so cute and tons of little shops. There was also a clog museum where you could see and learn about the history of clog making. Kendra was awesome too and told us to come see her show later at Chicago Boom.Read more

    • Day 5

      Zaanse Schans

      April 20, 2023 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Zaanse Schans memang cocok lokasinya untuk dibangun kincir angin. Angin yang bertiup di sana kencang dan dingin melunakkan tulang. Malam sepulangnya dari tempat ini, saya kerokan. Orang Jawa tetaplah orang jawa yang bisa masuk angin di mana saja.

      Tapi bukan hanya angin atau kincir angin saja yang istimewa dari tempat ini, melainkan karena desa wisata ini dikelola oleh komunitas, para pemilik tanah di desa tersebut.

      Awal mulanya juga dimulai dari advokasi, ketika warga di situ menolak desanya untuk dimodernisasi alias dibongkar. Mereka mempertahankan warisan kincir angin dan bersama-sama mengolahnya menjadi desa wisata. Maka kita bisa temukan bahwa untuk masuk kawasan ini gratis, namun untuk masuk ke sejumlah rumah tua di situ harus berbayar. Rumah-rumah itulah museum-museum mini, atau toko-toko lucu yang dikelola oleh pemiliknya masing-masing. Sebuah toko keju dan camilan yang agak besar cukup mampu mempekerjakan beberapa karyawan. Ada juga toko barang-barang unik yang dijaga ibu dan anak perempuannya. Si anak (foto slide ke 3) kuliah bisnis namun merasa ilmunya tidak cocok untuk diterapkan di tokonya karena ilmunya lebih mempelajari bisnis korporasi besar. Ia sendiri masih belum memutuskan apakah akan terus membantu ibunya mengelola toko keluarga atau akan mencari kerja lain.

      Model pengelolaan kawasan wisata seperti ini tampaknya menyenangkan, warga tetap menjadi pemilik lahan, tradisi/peninggalan masa lalu terjaga, sekaligus warga memperoleh penghasilan dari situ.
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    • Day 10

      Zaanse Schans

      June 10, 2023 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Ankunft mit dem Car in Zaanse Schans um 15.00.
      Dort schauen wir im Klompenmuseum wie die holländischen Holzschuhe hergestellt werden.
      In der Gouda-Käserei können wir verschiedene Käse verkosten. Besonders eindrucksvoll sind die traditionellen Windmühlen die wir besuchen können.Read more

    • Day 3

      Zaanse Schans

      July 2, 2023 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Zaanse Schans is a neighborhood in the Dutch town of Zaandam, near Amsterdam. Historic windmills and distinctive green wooden houses were relocated here to recreate the look of an 18th/19th-century village. The Zaans Museum has regional costumes, model windmills and interactive exhibits on chocolate making. Artisan workshops demonstrate rare handicrafts such as wooden clog carving, barrel making and pewter casting.Read more

    • Day 4

      Aussicht von der Farbmühle ''De Kat''

      April 13, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

      Von der Aussichtsplattform der Windmühle haben wir den Blick auf die anderen Windmühlen und die gegenüberliegende Uferseite genossen. die Blätter der Windmühle haben sich durch den Wind extrem schnell gedreht. Dort, wo sich die Blätter drehen ist die Plattform natürlich aus Sicherheitsgründen abgesperrt.Read more

    • Day 27

      Zaanse Schans, Netherlands

      May 29, 2016 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Day 26:

      I think its fair to say that we are a little intimidated by Amsterdam. Our original plan was to come to the Netherlands to see Amsterdam, when made our reservations, we decided to stay in a town outside the city and travel in to visit. Today was supposed to be that day. But instead, we followed the canal we are on north to an outdoor museum representing traditional Holland in the 17th and 18th centuries. Yes, we mean windmills.

      It was overcast today, but that didn't bother us much at all. It was over an hour walk, and parts we passed through were very industrial, so we experience a strange variety of smells... Anyway, we turned our last corner and immediately came upon one of the windmills, sails spinning!

      But before we get into those 8 beautiful beasts... history time. Hundreds of years ago, during the Eighty Years' War, the Spanish were basically pulling on the Dutch what the English pulled on the American colonies 200 years later. Taxes, forcing religion, being jerks, etc. So the Dutch started revolting and the Spanish beat them down pretty soundly at first, but in North Holland they stayed feisty. In the Zaan region, they built a series of sconces to slow down the Spanish. Kalver Schans was the one at that location, and was one of the few to never be overrun. There are no remnants of the bastions or any sign of the sconce, other the name of the park. After those times, the region became the first insustrial site in the world, housing over 500 windmills, all serving different purposes.

      Now that we're back to the windmills... As modern industry made the windmill all but obsolete, most were taken down and their materials harvested. Starting in the 1960s, remaining windmills from around the region were transported to Zaanse Schans, along with houses from the same era. Some of them still function to this day, others house modern equipment inside, and others are simply preserved models. They all have their own character, history, purpose, and name. On the site they have De Os (1663), Het Klaverblad (2005. Foundation to build, run, and maintain a sawmill in traditional methods), De Huisman (1786), De Gekroonde Poelenburg (1733, kind of), De Kat (1646), De Zoeker (1672), Het Jonge Schaap (replica of 1680) and De Bonte Hen (1693). 3 sawmills, 3 oilmills, a dyemill, and a mustardmill.

      We loved the sound they made when the sails would rush by. We put off going into one of the few you can climb up and look around until we saw all of them and picked our favorite. Unfortunately, they all closed by then, so we didn't get to go inside any. Despite that, we are so happy to have been able to see original windmills in Holland!

      The houses were small, beautiful, inhabited by people living real lives, and just adorable. There were little "islands" created by the system of streams and canals, some of which had houses, others had sheep, and others had goats. And of course they were all connected by the cutest little bridges. Jason discovered an ability to communicate with sheep. Unfortunately, he scared a lamb who ended up crying to his dad...

      There were workshops for different traditional trades in Holland around the museum. We were able to see a demonstration of how clogs are made, which was fascinating. They use wet, young wood, so after he was done carving out the shape he blew air into the shoe and water literally gushed out of the wood and shocked everyone. Another trade respresented was cheesemaking, gouda being the specialty. There was one for chocolate making, where people could sign up for a workshop to make their own chocolate bar! Another was for baking, with a small museum in the back with all sorts of baking tools and recipes, where we got hot stroopwafels! It was great to see people so passionate about traditional trades, producing great products the way they have been made for generations.

      On our long journey home, needing something other than the traditional pastries, chocolate and cheese, we stopped at our Egyptian restaurant again. Our server was excited to see us again and wanted us to make friends with his son.

      We will definitely sleep well again. Amsterdam tomorrow. For real this time.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Zaanse Schans, যানস স্কান্স্‌, زانس شانس, Зансе-Сханс, 赞瑟斯汉斯

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