Iceland Cruise 3 – Amsterdam & Windmills

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On the 5th March 2016 at 08.00 our cruise ship Magellan arrived at the Port of Amsterdam, Netherlands.  We had a lovely smooth crossing, the sun was shining, but it was very cold.  We decided, as we had visited the city quite a few times in the past, we would do ‘Windmills & Volendam’  Our coach left at 8.30 and we had to be back by 12.30 as we were departing at 13.00.  I only mention the times, as they became a little important later on in the excursion.  Now there is one thing I have not attempted before, and that’s taking photos from a moving coach window, not quite the same as a car, mainly because I couldn’t  open the window.  So if there are any shadows on the photos, sorry and please ignore them, I have 🙂  We visited a cap winder sawmill which I really enjoyed and a cheese farm, where they also make clogs.  Not sure we would have chosen that stop if we had been on our own, but I did get some quite good photos for my occupation category.  Lastly we stopped at the lovely fishing village of Volendam.  

This post is the journey to the Windmills in Zaanse Schans, from leaving Magellan, driving through a little of Amsterdam and then out to the district of Zaandam to visit the windmills.  

A little history on Zaanse Schans……The mid-19th century saw the start of the industrial revolution in the Zaan district.  What you see today on the Zaanse Schans is how a living and working community which would have been similar to that time: farmsteads, paths, wooden houses, warehouses and windmills, ditches and fields  This is what architect Jaap Schipper must have been thinking when he came up with the plan for the Zaanse Schans in 1946.  Starting from 1961, several buildings were transported to the area by road and water. The Zaanse Schans, with its windmills, museums, nature and culture has become a popular attraction where you can experience up close the industrial history of the Netherlands.

Next post a visit to a cap winder sawmill.

30 Replies to “Iceland Cruise 3 – Amsterdam & Windmills”

  1. The windmills are wonderful, that green one really stands out. And birds! I know I’m seeing ducks and geese and maybe a heron, but there’s another one I don’t recognize. That sailing ship is really beautiful. Glad you got some pictures of that. 🙂

    1. Thats a little moorhen, we have one on the ditch at the end of our garden, they are so cute with their great big feet. I have a thing about windmills hence tons of photos and even more to follow 🙂 I was lucky with the ship, wasn’t to sure of it would come out ok through the coach window 🙂

      1. Well, our wish is to visit St Petersburg and we understood (and it’s currently true), that the cruise line takes care of all visa requirements etc. As long as you book on their organised tours. So, we’ve booked a Baltic Cruise visiting five additional ports in the two weeks, next May. It’s really only to visit St Petersburg that we’ve booked this trip so we really hope it happens. Barbara

      2. Thats funny, it was a choice between Iceland and St Petersburg, but I chose Iceland. That will be quite an adventure, and you should have nice weather at that time of year. Will look forward to your photos, it will come around soon enough 🙂 Lynne

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