Zaanse Schans

My daughters still have summer holidays and although we have returned from our holiday destination a couple of days ago, we  will not sit at home for the rest of the holidays of course. Aside from the usual stuff like going to the movies, to the playground and to the zoo, we are going to a museum now and then. 
Today we went to the Zaanse Schans. It's not really a museum, it's an outdoor area where you can find a couple of windmills and a lot of typical Dutch things (mostly old school Dutch things; nobody's walking around in folkloric costumes nowadays, other than for entertaining tourists). There's cheese, cloggs, tulips, cows and of course windmills. Some of the houses in the area are inhabited. Must be something you have to be into, I guess, having tourists walking around and over your property the whole day through.

Of course I took some pictures:

Entrance to a candy store and bakery

The green paint on the outside of the houses is typical for this little part of The Netherlands. 

 Beautiful mantelpiece with a lot of Delft's Blue tiles and an old fashioned heater. The little house is now used as a soap store.

Old-fashioned bakery. 

Nice garden with beautiful facades in the background, painted in the same greens we've seen before

Young swan eating duckweed. It had the same size as his parents, so how long does it take before they loose the grayish down?

A lot of windmills. Those were used for sawing wood, making mustard, making dye and making oil.

If some thing is typical Dutch, it's wooden shoes, I guess. In this store they actually show you how they are made. As an obliged clogg wearing OR nurse I'm thinking about buying the read ones, just to distinguish (there are not a lot of things to distinguish with in terms of appaerance in my profession). So what do you think?

Musical accompaniment was taken care of by this little street organ. 


  1. Beautiful photos, I love the blue tiles surrounding the fireplace!

  2. Oh, daar ben ik laatst ook geweest. Leuk om eens gezien te hebben. Alleen jammer dat er nog maar weinig echt authentiek is.

  3. This blog was a particularly sunny spot in a grey day here on the California coast! Thanks so much and I think the red blogs are perfect!

  4. Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing them. I'd love to visit the Netherlands some day.

  5. Goodness, that's a beautiful part of the world. So idyllic, sweet and charming. Count me amongst your other readers who massively want to visit the Netherlands one day.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  6. pretty! Definitely amazing to experience it! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  7. what a lovely color that green is a stand alone color and the scenery around it is very beautiful
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  8. i love holland! what great photos, especially those windmill ones!

  9. There's so much charm in these photos, thank you for sharing a glimpse into what makes Zaanse Schans such a special place. I have never been, but would definitely love to visit one day.
    Hope you will link up with us again next week at the #HomeMattersParty

  10. What a fun outing! Love the soap store. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


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