Saturday, January 23, 2010

Zaanse Schans Museum [with Lu "Russian"]

Some months ago I started to follow a travel blog written by a Brazilian girl. She had lived 5 years abroad (Europe and USA) and then 6 years in St. Petersburg, Russia. The last couple of years she has been living in Brazil (S.P. region) and still travels a lot. In her blog she always tells her experiences and very amusing stories, with a relaxed style. It is like a friend telling you her adventures. For exemple: many secrets about the way of living that the Russians would prefer to keep for themselves, I suppose. Although I was a lurker and never placed comments on her blog, she noticed I was visiting her a lot and started to follow my blog (and place comments) in return. I think we became mutual admirers.

In December she announced she was coming to Amsterdam, and would also make a tour in other countries. Finally we met each other yesterday in the Centraal Station in Amsterdam. I could recognize Lu the minute I saw her walking fast in the middle of the crowd. I grabbed her by the arm and shouted: "Hey, why do you travel so much ?"She had a shock and then laughed. Another Brazilian girl, commentator of her blog and who is living in Holland also showed up: "Cuca". Both very talkative and cheerful, it was for me like meeting very old friends !! We decided not to loose one single minute: why not take a train to visit the open air museum Zaanse Schans ?

Do all Brazilian girls have long hair ?

New buildings downtown Zaandam (above and below).

(Of course I have been there before. My wedding photos were made there in the morning of the warmest day in July 2002, with windmills on the background, waving from a bridge or sitting under a willow tree with the ducks and swans around the two pigeons in love - gezellig. I have also posed for photos together with some Japanese tourists who then thought I was somebody famous in Holland. I gave them some autographs as well. Ach, waarom niet ? )

From Amsterdam you can take the bus # 91 or take the train direction Koog Zaandijk (I paid 2,20 euros for a train ticket - single trip). The entrance to the open air museum is free - although some attraction may charge a small fee entrance. You can visit mustard windmills, a clog factory, a cheese factory and much more.

Friday was cold, sunny and dry, perfect fo such a visit. Living the trein station in Koog Zaandijk it is a small walk up to Zaanse Schans. I have make some photos but not so many as the other two girls. It was refreshing to play the tourist for a while. We noticed how different our accents were but could get along very well.

This is a reprodcution of the first Albert Heijn supermarket in the Netherlands. You can visit it inside. Like other painted buildings in the area, the official colour is this shade of green. I think it is called "Zaanse groen".

Below: a cheese factory. If you like cheese, welcome to cheese paradise. Cheese with herbs, with garlic, with cumin, smoked, goat cheese, porcelain, souvenirs... en dat zo dingen.

The next photos are from a Clog museum.

Above and below: a shop with old stuff and some antiques.

If you wish to know more about De Zaanse Schans go to:

To visit Cuca's blog go to:

To visit Luciana's blog go to: In her last posts she tells her adventures in Amsterdam, Belgium, Morocco and Danemark during Dec.2009/January 2010. She started her blog in 2002 and so far has organized several bloggers' meetings in Brazil. Luciana is always recognized on the streets and very sincere about her experiences with the locals abroad. She hasn't loose her fresh looks into things, she hasn't become a cynical. I specially like her principles about what NOT to photograph and NOT to experience.

Saturday Lu is going to Dusseldorf and then on Sunday she is flying back to Brazil. I think whithin some days next week she will be writing about the Zaanse Schans in her blog. It was very nice meeting you girls !!


oranjeflamingo said...

I love the Mondrian clogs!

I'm looking forward to visiting Zannse Schans soon. Preferably when it has stopped snowing!

~Lopa said...

It is really nice to meet someone we have been talking through Internet medium for quite a some time and it indeed feels like meeting an old friend when we share same interests and have shared it :)

I loved the idea about how your wedding pics were done ! Where can we have a look at them? Pls share a link :)

And yes, autographs and photos with Japanese tourists...hehehe waarom niet ? :-D

Anita said...

Hoi Lopa.
Unfortunatelly there are no links to that. It was not a common thing back in 2002. Orkut, Facebook, Twitter... I am not at such communities. :(

Invader_Stu said...

I went to Zaanse Schans Museum a few years ago with my parents. It was great fun.

Orangesplaash said...

Great to be able to meet fellow bloggers..I can see you had a nice time :)
Your pics make the museum look good, a visit is due!! I actually personally like visiting museums for the great value that they have, but havent been able to do so for quite some time now..considering that I live in the country of museums - Holland!!

Lu_Russa said...

Ana querida !!!

Eu AMEI nosso passeio aquele dia, foi tudo muito gostoso e adorei ter te conhecido,uma pessoa maravilhosa !!! Logo eu postarei tudo sobre nosso encontrooooo !!

Ahhh, por favor, as fotos que vc tirou de mim ou de mim com vc , mande no meu email ????

Quero colocar todas as nossas fotos no meu album !!

obrigada por tudo, pela sua generosidade e tempo e saco para ir a um lugar comigo que vc já foi 300 mil veses !! rsrsrs

bjos e espero ve-la novamente !!


A Touch of Dutch said...

The Zaanse Schans is a great place to visit! You did a wonderful job with this blog post & I love the photos :-) I have been to Zaanse Schans, but I haven't been to the clog museum. Now I see I definitely must go!