Took a day trip from Amsterdam down to Zaanse Schans to watch the pretty windmills that are famed for! These windmills cannot be missed when in Holland. They may look like a tiny speck from afar but my, were they immense!
En route, I fell in the love with the row of white-tapestry houses.
All the houses here are green! This little area full of traditional Dutch houses reminded me of being transported into a Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs era, somehow. It looked so free of pollution, so serene. Even the air here smells purer.
Went into shops selling traditional Dutch candies.
Bought this gingerbread cookie coated with chocolate (picture below) and I absolutely LOVE IT. I can’t seem to find it anywhere else. Could anyone enlighten me? I can’t even manage to find the name for this cookie. The only thing the shopkeeper told me was that they are little coins distributed to children during the Christmas season as little treats.
Museums in the little houses showing clog-making and cheese-making in the pictures below. I finally understood why clogs are iconic in Holland.
How to get to Zaanse Schans
The nearest station is Koog-Zaandijk. The train from Amsterdam Central Station takes 17 minutes. Zaanse Schans is just a 15-minute walk away.