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Published: March 2nd 2009
Today went to the Zaanse Schans. This is a recreation of a local village from the 17th and 18th century, an open air museum 10km north of Amsterdam. At about 12:30pm me and dad hoped on to the train from Schiphol airport. The cost of 2 return tickets with my kortings 40% of card was 9.60 euros (approx $19.20AUD). We got to Koog Zaandijk (after changing at Amsterdam Sloterdijk). From Koog Zaandijk station we walked about 400m to the place where you get a ferry to the Zaanse Schans.
We first made our way past the museum of the dutch clock (which was closed) and the colonial Albert heijn - which was also closed but you could check out the inside from the windows. Then we went to the restaurant on the island. We had a two course meal there and it was fancy boy and nice - I had the veal and the sirloin whilst dad had the fish. Delicious. Then dad ordered me desert. Oh yummy - gourmet vanilla ice cream with this small waffle on top and pistachio, chocolate mousse and this raspberry jelly with custard underneath. Divine. The restaurant was called De Hoop op d'Swarte Walvis
Boat to Zaanse Schans 7/11/08
The dutch guy we met at the ferry who was explaining the Zaan area to us in dutch. Some how we understood some stuff - I think???
(www.dewalvis.nl) and the meal was about 79 euros for the two of us ($160AUD approximately).
After lunch we walked past the gallery with all the Pinocchio toys and things and then up to the windmills.
The story of the Zaan region begins with windmills. There used to be over a thousand industrial mills, each with a specific task. in the Zaanse Schans there are six working mills standing along the riverbank. One mill sells fat jars of its freshly ground mustard, while the others turn out pigments, oils, meal and sward woods. We found a cat which I affectionately called number 15 then dad put some rubbish into number 7 and we met a one winged goose as we walked up the street past the cute little houses. On the way back to the station - we caught the ferry of course then went through the Kooger Park which was quite nice and saw a few people with their dogs. Dad nearly got bitten by some ducks. Then we got the train home.
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