Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Visiting Zaanse Schans

There is much to be seen in Zaanse Schans. It is a delightful traditional Dutch village on the banks of the river Zaan with characteristic green wooden houses, charming stylized gardens, small hump-backed bridges, tradesmen's workshops, historic windmills and engaging little shops.

This enchanting village has been lovingly established by relocating local houses, windmills, storehouses and barns to form a remarkable replica of a typical Zaanse village of the seventeenth and eighteenth century.

The moment we set foot on this place, we were charmed... well, at least I was. It was just beautiful and relaxing with everything almost done in green: the houses, the windmills, the grassy fields. The air is tangy and a bit pungent with cheese but it is a delightful odor nevertheless.

I really felt like I was living in that rural village. The only thing missing is me wearing wooden clogs and traditional Dutch costume.

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