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Zaanse Schans: Of Windmills, Wooden Clogs and More

Based on my internet research and recommendations from friends who have been to Netherlands, I have made a conclusion that a trip to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without a visit to nearby Zaanse Schans. That apart from a day trip to Keukenhof, a half-day trip to Zaanse Schans is mandatory in my itinerary.

Sharlene and I took Bus 391 from our hotel which was just 20 minutes away from Zaandam area where we were billeted. Bus 391’s final stop is Zaanse Schans and the village is just a short walk away.

Going early in the morning was a bonus as the place was still free from the crowds and we had a bit of time to enjoy the scenery, the peace and quiet, and of course taking photos without too much crowd in the foreground or background.

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As soon as we walked into the village, I knew why just everybody loves Zaanse Schans. One minute into the trip and I was sold.

When we got in the village gate, two Dutch welcomed us and took our photos (for viewing and purchase later :p).

Zaanse Schans, contrary to its description as being an open-air museum, is actually an inhabited village. As we were pressed for time because my travel buddy is leaving in the evening and we wanted to have time to visit Rijksmuseum, we only ventured on the “central” part of Zaanse Schans, though not depriving ourselves of enough photo ops to remember this trip by.

Saving every euro we can for the remaining days (or hours) of our trip, Zaanse Schans can definitely be enjoyed without having to forego loads of cash. We only spent for breakfast (a very delicious warm waffle that was so worth it) as it was not included in our hotel rate and souvenirs (which is, of course, optional).

Windmills. Green fields. Zaan River. Dutch Cheese. Wooden clogs. Green wooden houses so charming.

You can never get enough and you can never put your camera down.

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This is just a teaser. Go on a trip yourself and create your own memories! 🙂

 

Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.
Susan Sontag

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2 thoughts on “Zaanse Schans: Of Windmills, Wooden Clogs and More

    1. Hahaha… I cannot even answer that question anymore. But I enjoyed Zaanse and Bruges a lot. Time is never enough and you feel as if you can never get enough of the place. I thought I had plenty of time in both cities but reading others’ blogs, I found out there’s a lot more that I missed.

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