On my visit to Holland we did a few touristy things. We went to the very popular Zaanse Schans which is close to Amsterdam. Me and my 84 year old mum tried some clogs on. There is a wooden shoe museum and shoe workshop in the Zaanse Schans
The Zaanse Schans is a free open air museum which shows you how the people lived and worked in the Zaan district in the 17th and 18th century. The characteristic green houses are from different towns in the Zaan district. They had to go in the name of development and were moved to the Zaanse Schans.
The houses are all in use and there are some gorgeous shops inside.
You walk over bridges and paths and roads to admire the beautiful architecture and gardens.
The chickens aren't from the 17th century, although it is thought that they were able to jump on tables and chairs as well in that time.
They are all beauties aren't they? In the front you see a pollard willow which are very common in Holland along the water side.
The Zaan district was one of the first industrialised areas in the world. In the 17th century there were around 900 windmills. There are about 10 working windmills left.
A shop full of Dutch sweets
The shop is surrounded by land where the sheep peacefully graze. A delightful place even when the weather is very Dutch or rainy. Afterwards we drove to Enkhuizen. More about that later ;)