On the third day of our Amsterdam trip, we decided to visit Zaanse Schans. We had breakfast at home before we headed out. Totally love their pancakes and stroopwafels. And chocolate sprinkles on brioche is the bomb! I totally regret not getting more boxes of chocolate sprinkles back to London. 😦
While waiting for the Tans, we just randomly took some photos around the area where we parked our car.
(Baby Megan was only 6 months when we first travelled. We did not bring a steriliser. Just sterilised her bottles by boiling them over a pot of water. We did not bring a travel cot. She slept with us. We did not bring a baby tub. We bathed her in the sink. In some way, I feel she is more independent and hardier than her siblings.)
What’s an Amsterdam trip without a visit to historic village of Zaanse Schans where we can have a glimpse of what it would be like to live in the Netherlands in the 18th and 19th centuries… Definitely instagram-worthy with all the beautiful, traditional houses, windmills, warehouses and workshops. Entrance to Zaanse Schans is free but because we drove there, we had to pay €9 for parking.
De Zaanse Schans Clog Workshop
Traditional Dutch wooden shoes or clogs (klompen), are an important part of Dutch heritage and are still worn in rural parts of the country today. While we were at De Zaanse Schans Clog Workshop, we managed to watch a interesting demonstration on how these clogs were being hand-crafted.
Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm
Another popular workshop that is open free to the public is the cheese farm, which is a replica of the Dutch cheese farm. Anyone who loves cheese would be absolutely delighted to be there! E and Ryan caught the cheese-making demonstration while I was bus trying out the cheese samples in the shop. Heehee. I thought Catharina Hoeve felt more like a tourist shop than a farm as you can also purchase chocolates, waffles and hand/face creams in addition to the cheese.
Definitely worth a visit for tourists! We spent a good 4 hours walking around the village but left a wee bit past lunch time. The little ones were getting hungry and we decided to set off to Kinderkookkafe which was one of the kids-friendly destinations that we found while researching online.
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