Through My Lens: Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

To finish out the month, here’s a photo of the windmills at Zaanse Schans. Zaan is the name of the river that runs past the village and Schans comes from the Dutch word for “earthwork.” The Dutch are fond of moving earth, but what’s special about this one is it dates back to the Eighty Years’ War when the Dutch and the Spanish were going at it.

Zaanse Schans is a popular spot with tourists as it’s only a 15-minute train ride from Amsterdam and has several working windmills. Although I once spent part of a summer in the nearby town of Zaandam on my first-ever home exchange, this photo was taken several years prior to that visit, in late autumn.

A lovely corner of Holland any time of year, to be sure.

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2 responses to “Through My Lens: Zaanse Schans”

  1. classiccosmopolite says :

    When I was in the Netherlands this summer, we stayed in Zaandam and visited Zaanse Schans. Zaandam was really great! We loved walking the canals, eating at the local restaurants and wandering the quaint streets.
    I blogged about my time in Zaanse Schans here: http://classiccosmopolite.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/zaanse-schans-a-look-at-traditional-netherlands-living/
    Hopefully it brings back memories for you 🙂

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