Z is for Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans is a small village just outside Amsterdam. It’s a living and working community, but also a heritage site with multiple windmills, some working, and small topical museums such as the Clock Museum and the first Albert Heijn store which started in 1887 and is now a major supermarket chain. Not everything was here originally – many of the buildings were moved from elsewhere – but it does give you a picture of what life must have been like in the past. I was interested to find out the different functions of windmills – sawmills, dye mills and oil mills – as I had just imagined they were all for grain.

And that’s it! The A to Z Challenge accomplished. Thank you to everyone who has read and commented on my posts. It’s been great fun.

44 thoughts on “Z is for Zaanse Schans

  1. Sartenada February 17, 2017 / 10:25

    Lovely post. I love traditional windmills. We have them in Finland, but they are much more rustic.


  2. Home That We Built November 3, 2015 / 21:55

    This is a cool place! Quite different from my Kinderdijk. I loved the green windmill! There is something about the green there, isn’t it? The windmill and those houses- lovely shade


    • Anabel Marsh November 3, 2015 / 22:32

      Yes, the green is lovely. Just scrolled through the old comments and someone else mentioned that it reminded them of Kinderdijk. I had forgotten that.


  3. sandy May 1, 2014 / 22:21

    What a lovely area, I would LOVE to go there. Congrats on finishing the challenge.


    • Anabel Marsh May 1, 2014 / 14:30

      Thank you! That’s my first ever comment from a school – I’m really pleased, and heading over to see what you did for A to Z right now.


  4. Lori L MacLaughlin May 1, 2014 / 02:36

    Love the windmills! That’s another place I’d like to visit someday. Congratulations on finishing the Challenge! I very much enjoyed your blog.


  5. TuiSnider May 1, 2014 / 01:59

    Congrats on making it all the way from A to Z! I have enjoyed your posts and am grateful for all your comments and kind words on my posts. I’ve saved your blog to a folder to return to – I even need to catch up on A to Z posts I missed. Thanks again! 😀

    ~Tui Snider~ Dropping by from the A to Z challenge! 😀
    @TuiSnider on Twitter
    My blog: Tui Snider’s Offbeat & Overlooked Travel
    I am also part of the #StoryDam team, a friendly writing community!


    • Anabel Marsh May 1, 2014 / 07:35

      Thanks, I’ve enjoyed yours too. It’s been great meeting so many new people and I’ll be keeping my A-Z feed live as well.


  6. Sonia Lal April 30, 2014 / 23:33

    I didn’t know windmills could be used for so many different things either.


  7. Chris Boothman April 30, 2014 / 22:56

    Congratulations on completing this challenge Anabel! I have really enjoyed reading your posts even though I haven’t always had time to comment on all of them. It’s really great to read about ‘off the beaten path’ locations and this in particular outside of Amsterdam is certainly appealing. Great collection of images as well that you included.

    Looking forward to continuing to follow your blog – keep up the great work!


    • Anabel Marsh April 30, 2014 / 23:19

      Thanks, Chris – right back at you! Hoping to keep in touch with all my new friends, though perhaps not at the same pace.


  8. Crystal @bayessenceblog April 30, 2014 / 22:12

    Congrats on finishing the A to Z Challenge! I loved the windmills and villages outside of Amsterdam – very quaint! Great pics.


  9. Eli April 30, 2014 / 18:32

    Wonderful pick for Z – that is so cute:-) And congrats on completing the challenge! It has been fun following you:-)


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