Even before we moved to The Netherlands I’ve wanted to see some windmills as I feel it’s a true representation of Holland. So on my birthday Heath and I took a train to the village of Zaanse Schans in North Holland to see some real, working windmills (and some people that actually wear wooden shoes!).
Currently, there is construction on the bridge to the village so once you get off the train you have to take a short ferry there.
A short walk from the ferry and you’re in the village. As you can see below, it’s just beautiful!
We decided to start at De Kraai (The Crow) pancake restaurant.
Even though they had fountain soda (which is a rarity here) I still think Sara’s Pancake House was much better. I learned on this trip that maple syrup does not exist here!
After we choked down our breakfast we went to the wooden shoe workshop.
Here are two videos showing a part of the process:
I didn’t realize there were so many different kinds of wood shoes. I also learned that rounded ends are typically for men and pointed ones for women.
Check out this one – the bottoms are worn out!
Look at the detail on this one!
Anyone want to go roller skating?
All the workers wear wood shoes… ouch
Want to make your own pair?
Of course we had to try on a pair!
We got some delicious Gouda cheese and this awesome mustard that is made in one of the windmills.
Now if this photo doesn’t scream Holland, I don’t know what does!
This cute Border Collie was in the front yard of one of the houses.
The Albert Heijn is the Publix of Holland. The first Albert Heijn is here at Zaanse Schans. Heath thinks I’m ridiculous but I was really excited about it. Ha!
All in all it was a great birthday! The weather was perfect and the scenery beautiful. I hope I can share this trip with you when you come visit! 🙂