Zaanse Schans…authentic bit of holland

Amsterdam . ….is beautiful….but urbanised…we wanted to experience …the real Holland…so we took a day tour to Zaanse Schans…still don't know how they say it…&…it is such a hollandish experience…so here are some pics….some memories..

It is an hour and a half drive…from Amsterdam …and u reach…volendam…a quiet…village

 

It is famous for its sea food…fresh catch….served as per your wish…vijay had pickled herring…he said it was really good…he anyways like raw food

 

But…as I wasn't eating meat on that day…I opted for waffles..! It is a feast to see…waffle making…and the way it is served…I took the usual…clotted cream,with sprinkles…the yummiest waffles

 

Then it was time for cheese centre…it was interesting to see how it is made..& taste many varieties

Cheese shopping…the smoked cheese is fab…tastes good with everything…

 

Then…we took a ferry ride…to a picturesque fishing village Marken…wooden houses,mostly painted green…& the loveliest flowers…streets lined with fab trees…cobbled roads…and so very quiet

 

It was season of poppies…each house had them…!

 

Here…there is a clog(wooden shoes)…very Dutch …symbol…a factory is here…

Clogs are everywhere..!

 

Look at the cows shoes…:)))!!…it is a photo place…once you come out…u can pose however u want..&then take a picture…!

Souvenir 's for friends….

It was time for windmills….

This is…indieswelvaren …now used as a spice centre…walking inside a windmill…was an unusual feeling…!

 

Inside the windmill…the spices are stored like this …they are sold too…the smell of fresh ground cloves…cinnamon …was the last thing I expected …

 

As…you come out of this windmill area…there is a waffle kiosk…a traditional Dutch waffle…2 thin waffles…freshly made in front of you…a fresh caramel spread in between the two waffles..it is fresh…hot…and so very delicious…we heard that people travel from Amsterdam just to eat it…!

 

One gets a souvenir …too…a calendar (2014)…with your picture…they would have taken it as you enter the area…when you walk out…after an hour…voila.,!…u get this…

 

This place is full of birds…but naturally…what with so much green around you…but what impressed me…not a single bird flies away from you…they aren't scared…it shows they are treated well by the humans there…

This was our driver for the day…nice guy…funny..friendly…gave us some interesting info…2 which I like….tulips were never indigenous to holland!!…he said it may have come from Kashmir r Middle East ..!kashmir …probably…but Middle East …?? Second…carrots originated in that part of world…& to begin with they were anything but orange…it was in black,white…red…so on…it seems the royalty liked orange…it is their national color too…so the farmers ..genetically modified them to get this present orange carrots..!!!

As we drove back to Amsterdam …I realised…Zaanse Schans…represents all Dutch …authentic wooden homes in green…a cheese factory…a clog making centre…great sea food…& of course the windmills…

While in Amsterdam …a area of holland not to b missed

 

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