Sunday, April 30, 2017

Zaanse Schans, Netherlands - #AtoZChallenge

I can't believe we are already on out last day of #AtoZChallenge, a challenge where the participants had to post every day based on the alphabet of the day. Don't worry, I am not going to take you on an emotional journey as it deserves a post of its own. But I certainly had a fascinating time travelling down the memory lanes, bringing you some places I thought would be interesting for you all. I couldn't have found any better place than Zaanse Schans to conclude this beautiful series.

It is a place which takes you back to the 18th and 19th century with its well-preserved green wooden houses, functioning windmills, barns and workshops. It is a minuscule representation of the 1100 windmills which were built between 17th & 19th century. We got to witness the actual functioning of a saw mill as the weather was in our favour. The mechanism was simple yet ingenious. It was interesting to hear the history of the place while imagining the area from 17th century till today. The windmills looked beautiful on the backdrop of Zaan river. There were walking as well as cycling tours, taking small groups around the place.


After the windmill, we visited the cheese factory. After tasting various cheese flavours and understanding the cheese making process, we left it with our bags full of selected flavours of cheese and our minds full of lovely memories to cherish.

You can find more information about the place here.


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  1. A 17th century structure, preserved as it is and still functioning! Amazing place as well!
    Congratulations on successfully completing the challenge!

  2. I didn't get here, but I did see the windmills in the Kinderdijk. Congratulations on finishing.

  3. We have amazing architecture and technologies at our fingertips but my wonderment belongs to those of past generations/centuries. Their ingenuity and ability to accomplish incredible feats without the tools we have available to us, always humbles me. :) Linda Visiting from A - Z Challenge
    Name: Linda Stewart
    Blogs at QP & EYE
    A-Z Theme: Values
    Letter Z: Z - It's a Mirage

  4. I love taking food tours when I travel. Your cheese tasting sounds lovely and the windmill is beautiful. WeekendsInMaine

  5. Those windmills are absolutely gorgeous. Happy to have found your blog, even if it is on the last day. Congratulations on finishing the A to A Challenge.
    Zero #Lexicon of Leaving

  6. Sounds like an amazing trip :-) Congrats on finishing the A-to-Z.

  7. I grew up in West Michigan, which has the largest Dutch population outside of the Netherlands. There is a working windmill in Zeeland, but I'm sure it is nothing in comparison to what you saw.
    Congratulations on finishing AtoZ.

  8. someday i want to visit netherlands & see these beauties and that landscape for my self :)
    i have a beautiful windmill pendant which i love :)
    great conclusion!