The Zaanse Schaans is a picturesque village showcasing the most infamous of Dutchness-- Windmills! The windmills in the Zaanse Schaans, which were being dismantled at the time, were reclaimed and moved from the local area during the 1960s as part of a tourist development plan. Now there are around eight windmills that you can see, with ~4 that you can visit, plus a quaint little historical town where locals can show you traditional Dutch life, complete with clogs, cheesemaking and that most dangerous of Nederlander drug-- Stroop!
Here is a song I wrote about losing my wife to her Stroop addiction.
Did you know? Rembrandt is believed by some Dutchmen to have been Stroop, manifested in human form.
As you arrive to Zaansa Schans, you're greeted by a series of beautiful windmills along the banks of a river.
You cross a bridge to get to the historical village.
Did you know? Dutch trees evolved to be very skinny due to limited space along Dutch waterfronts.
Across the bridge you get to the historical, picturesque Dutch village.
The little historical village is actually a functional one, where people live-- here's an a grocery store.
Next you can go to some small "museums," where they show off different professions of the period, such as this coopery, or barrel-maker's place.
Then an external mold is used to carve the outside:
It kicks up a lot of sawdust, later collected to be used in collecting spill-off from Stroopmanufakture:
Then you have the outer shell:
But, you still have to hollow out the inside:
Did you know? The iconic image of a small Dutch boy with his damn in the dyke is an outdated symbol of Dutch culture. Nowadays, Dutch use thick, sticky, Nederlander syrup, or Stroop to seal all leaky dams!
There's a little petting zoo along the park too.
The Zaanse Schaansers offer stroop-pellets that you may feed the goats with.
Did you know? Windmills are first grown in smaller fields, before being harvested by Dutch millers, and brought to tourist sites like the Zaanse Schans.
In order to germinate Windmill seedlings, fields are first flooded with a 50 % Stroop-saltwater solution.
Mills used to dot Dutch rivers, harvesting energy before combustion turbines were used.
Nowadays, the Dutch have returned to this source of green energy, harvesting 14 % of their energy from wind.
Still, Dutch are concerned by overuse of Stroop as a biofuel, which has driven the Stroopmarkets wild in recent years, reducing Stroop consumption in former Dutch colonies such as Indonesia to alarmingly low levels.
It is believed that the too-often Stroopless diet of Indonesians contributes to their lower stature, often 1 m shorter than the tall Nederlanders.
Mills were often used for crushing things. This one was used to crush stones to be used in dye manufacture.
Heavy-duty gears can be seen throughout the building.
Mills get to be extremely complex with all of the different gears needed to distribute force.
You can take a look at the traditional thatched roof of the windmill:
8125 L/year average produced from some cows.
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Of course an obligatory Dutch bicycle: