Zaanse Schans (Zaandam, The Netherlands)

Zaanse Schans is a neighbourhood of Zaandam, near Zaandijk in the municipality of Zaanstad in the Netherlands.” That sentence from this village’s Wikipedia page cracks me up! Those locations sound made up- like they’re from a fairytale story or something.

Maybe that’s kind of fitting since the place looks like this…

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so many windmills!

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The girls studying the plants and insects- their favorite activity.

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general store

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The shop workers were dressed in traditional Dutch clothing. Wish I’d gotten better pics of them.

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Dutch Stroopwafel

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Gevulde Koeken (Dutch almond paste filled cookies)

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the inside

crazy trashcan / Cannabis Energy Drink? Isn’t that an oxymoron?!

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The bakery goods must not have filled them up because the girls kept eating this edible plant (Taubnessel) that was everywhere. Quinnie has learned a surprising amount about plants this year at school.

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more Taubnessel- they can’t get enough!

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Quinnie spotting the ducks. There were also some farm animals there. She even got to hold quite a few of the chickens (her favorite).

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back at the parking lot..

..where they had these vintage spinning advertisements

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Here’s more info on Zaanse Schans

 

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