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Amsterdam, Day 3

Actually out of Amsterdam

all seasons in one day 19 °C

Today we were able to get out to the countryside of the Netherlands to view some lovely scenery and charming villages. Our first stop was the village of Zaanse Schans which is known for its collection of historic windmills and buildings. We toured a windmill that sawed lumber and another that ground spices. The Netherlands used to have 30,000 windmills but now there are only 1000 left so we felt fortunate to see so many in one place. Unfortunately we didn't have time to visit any of the houses in the historic village. There is barely time to take a picture and visit the washroom on these tours, they really keep you moving.
We visited this windmill that saws lumber
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Windmill action shot!

Our next stop was the beautiful village of Volendam, an historic fishing village. Here we atarted with a 20 min. visit to the museum where we saw several life-size dioramas depicting the Dutch way of life through history. From there we walked through town to the harbour. It was a beautiful walk but no time to stop for pictures. A t the harbour we went to a cheese factory where we saw a quick demonstration of cheese making and then had time to taste and shop. Now I am wondering how I am going to get all this cheese in my luggage! From there we went to a great little restaurant for the Dutch version of fish and chips for lunch.
As if we hadn't eaten enough, the next stop was a bakery where they showed us how to make a stroopwaffle which is a delicious waffle cookie with caramel filling. Again time for more shopping. More room in my luggage now needed!
It was a short drive from Volendam back to Amsterdam but a long walk from our drop off point back to the hotel. We fortified ourselves with a beer at a pub along the way.
Tonight we toured the red light district and then went to a nice Indonesian restaurant for dinner. Tomorrow we leave Amsterdam and board the Prinsendam for our cruise. It's been a fun time once we learned to watch out for the "killer bikes". Those bicycle riders think they own the roads and everyone has to get out of their way.

Here are some more pictures

Windmill scenery shot
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More scenery
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In Volendam

picturesque Volendam
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another view of Volendam
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Enjoying a refreshment
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Posted by linfays 15:26 Archived in Netherlands

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What a fun filled day! You must be exhausted!

Now, I thought for sure you would post some photos and add some juicy details about the red light district we've heard so much about!

by Cathy N.

Gathering up the memories at break neck speed! I have heard about the Amsterdam bikes. Thousands of them and they'll run you over as easily as the cars do. Really interested to hear about the red light district when you get back, Avis.

by Colleen Roy

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