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The windmills and the Zaanse parks in Holland

The windmills and the Zaanse parks in Holland

The windmills and the Zaanse parks in Holland
A trip to Holland is not complete without a visit to the windmills, one of the symbols of the country, so important that on 9 and 10 May was celebrated the National Day of the mill.

Zaandam is a town in the northeast of Amsterdam where you can visit Zaanse Schans an open air museum with a dozen windmills, 20 minutes by train from Centraal Station Amsterdan, at the Koog-Zaandijk station.

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Once off the train, we tourists are welcomed by some guys that give us a map of the area and show us the path to reach the mills along about 1.5 km on foot.

In mid-journey we are immersed in an unusual odor, reminiscent of chocolate, not that intense that spreads to the kitchen when we prepare the hot chocolate, but very small, maybe it’s something else. I remain in doubt until we arrive in front of the ADM Cocoa, known chocolate factory, alas, can not be visited. Zaandam has always been an important industrial area and in the past, the region was home to more than a thousand mills, the oldest dating back to the first half of the fourteenth century.

A few hundred meters down the road, on the right, seen through the red roofs of the four blades of a windmill, a big x-shaped, each arm consisting of a grid, a shovel yes and a no covered with a tarp. The mill is attached to the house of the miller. The upper part of the mill is bell-shaped, at the top of the blades are mounted. The house and the lower part of the coated green wood mill water, the dark green fixtures.

We continue to follow the signs. We pass the modern bridge on the river Zaan Julianabrug and immerse ourselves in a fairytale landscape. Paths along narrow channels in the green, bordered by the colorful houses typical of various shades of green, yellow and white daffodils a bit ‘everywhere.
Now you are visited museums in the morning and early afternoon. Inside it includes the activity that was carried out there. Each mill had a specific function: grinding corn, or olives, or cocoa producing paper or mustard, cut stones.

Zaanse Schans in the park there is also a farm where you can see the working of the Dutch cheese, taste it and buy it. A shop of sweets and a workshop in which to observe the manufacture of klompen: traditional willow and poplar wooden clogs, still used by those who work in the fields.