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Day 5 (Zaanse Schans and Zaandam) with Joop and Martha

On Day 5, Thurs., we met Joop again, this time at the train station in Amsterdam, and hopped back on board to visit his friend, Martha, at her home near Zaandam. Martha is a museum volunteer and history buff so we felt fortunate to have her as our own professional tour guide. Martha then drove us about 15 minutes to Zaanse Schans, a 'park' of old windmills still in use for everything from grinding grain and stone for paint pigments to cutting wood. After 3 trips to Holland, I finally saw windmills! We especially enjoyed the Windmill de Kat (The Cat) that was built in 1782 and is believed to be the last surviving (of 55) dye mills in the world that process minerals for paint. We then went on to see a preserved house where Peter the Great stayed for some time. The house is one of the few surviving wooden structures from the 17th century and has been preserved by building a house over the original structure. For Joop's pictures of this trip, see-- http://www.pbase.com/joopschilp/nancy_and_john_at_zaanse_schans -- http://www.pbase.com/joopschilp/my_friends_from_virginia_at_marthas_place/ -- http://www.pbase.com/joopschilp/with_john_and_nancy_to_czar_peter_house/ -- http://www.pbase.com/joopschilp/zaandam_with_nancy_and_john/
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Martha's Sunshine
Martha's Sunshine
Sunshine in black and white
Sunshine in black and white
Joop explains the finer points of Dutch diplomacy
To the Point

Joop explains the finer points of Dutch diplomacy

Martha in profile
Martha in profile
John always sketches when we travel and keeps his drawings in a black journal.
Martha and John looking at his Journal

John always sketches when we travel and keeps his drawings in a black journal.

Joop and John Discussing
Joop and John Discussing
John show's Martha and Joop his journal
John's Journal

John show's Martha and Joop his journal

Looking out over the River Zaan in the town of Zaandam (an old industrial town from the 1600's) that processed barley, rice, tobacco, hemp, mustard, dye... until the windmills were replaced by steam engines in the mid-19th century.  There were 1,000 windmills during the heyday (down to 13 surviving)
Windmill and Factories - old and new

Looking out over the River Zaan in the town of Zaandam (an old industrial town from the 1600's) that processed barley, rice, tobacco, hemp, mustard, dye... until the windmills were replaced by steam engines in the mid-19th century. There were 1,000 windmills during the heyday (down to 13 surviving)

windmill and factory #2
windmill and factory #2
The Cat Windmill
Vermolen de Kat

The Cat Windmill

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Shadow of windmill
Shadow of windmill
What the day might have looked like with some sunshine.  Blue sky was added in photoshop.
Blue sky?

What the day might have looked like with some sunshine. Blue sky was added in photoshop.

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