Saturday, July 12, 2014

Going to the Zaanse Schans

Our third day on the Rhine River had us taking an excursion to the Zaanse Schans. We arrived there right when they opened so we had the park to ourselves for at least fifteen minutes before more folks filtered through the gates. We started our explorations with a short train ride that showed us only half of what the park had to offer. We got off in an area that housed the weavers house and the printmaker's house. We were only given about an hour and a half but I could have stayed all day. Several of the exhibits actually had working artisans to demonstrate various techniques from the 17th or 18th centuries.

Met a man who tended the boat builder's shop. He spends his off time in New York with an uncle who's a master landscape architect. Also saw the blacksmith and the washer woman. The wash house fascinated me as the agitators for three large wash tubs were powered by windmills. You can see my post on this at Cowboy Kisses complete with a short video of the agitators in action.

The last picture shows a bed in a cabinet. They would crawl in and close the doors for privacy but this bed cabinet was in the main living area of the house.

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