Welcome back to my Amsterdam Travel Style Diary! I hope that you have been enjoying your tour through The Netherlands. On the last day of my trip, my friend and I visited Zaanse Schans which is a neighbourhood of Zaandam that has recreated a traditional Dutch town.
Located in Northern Holland, Zaanse Schans was created by architect Jaap Schipper who wanted to promote the industrial history of a typical Zaans residential area so he did so by importing windmills and historical Dutch homes. As soon as I entered Zaanse Schans I was instantly captivated with the quaint and picturesque neighbourhood.
I was greeted by a beautiful pond with swans, sheeps eating grass and the sound of a rooster cock-a-doodle doodling every 15 minutes! This city girl enjoyed being in a such a lovely pastoral setting. As a born and raised in Torontonian who does not drive (yet), I do not often get a chance to visit to the countryside so as you can imagine I was in heaven while in Zaanse Schaans.
One of the main reasons people visit Zaanse Schaans is to see the windmills and it was definitely one of the main reasons I visited this picturesque area. Once I got to see the windmills up close, I was shocked by how large they were. For whatever reason, I did not expect them to be as big as they are. The windmill propellers were huge and as you can see generated quite a bit of wind. I personally love the wind so I did not mind at all. I had the opportunity to climb up inside the windmill and even though I have a slight fear of heights I thought why not? The climb to the main landing of the windmill was quite scary because of the steep ladder that I had to crawl to get there. Once I got to my destination, I felt a mix of exhilaration and fear. It was exciting to be on top of a windmill but it was terrifying at the same time since the windmill propellers were about 5 metres from where I was standing which is close enough for me.
Now unto my outfit. For my day of exploring the historical city of Zaanse Schans, I decided to wear my blue and yellow floral dress from Joe Fresh. I purchased this dress last year and to be honest have not gotten a lot of wear out of it however when I booked my trip to Amsterdam, I knew that I would find a need for it. There is something about The Netherlands that makes me think of blue and of course flowers so this dress was definitely making its way into my suitcase.
The loose fit and A-line silhouette made this dress super comfortable and super beautiful when the skirt flew in the wind. I just a love an outfit that has movement. As you can see in the photographs, the soft blue and yellow colours of this dress blend beautifully with the colours of my surroundings from the green grass, grey cloudy sky, the aubergine leaves and the soft pink beach roses. This was a wonderful day indeed!
After visiting the windmills, I ventured off to the Zaanse Schaans museum where I learned all about the history of the Zaans region. In a nutshell, the Zaans region is historically known as an industrial town where they produced rice, chocolate, candy and lumber among many other things. And the windmills? They were used as factories! That’s right! There are currently six working industrial windmills that produce mustard, paint, oil and many other things. How fascinating! I had no idea.
I absolutely love exploring and learning new things about different cultures and felt completely satisfied after my day at Zaase Schans. I cannot think of a better way to end my vacation.
Thank you so much for reading and have a lovely day!