August 31, 2015 Zaandam was quite the industrial center and still there are two chocolate factories – we can smell the chocolate every day- and quite a number of other factories in the area. The industrial revolution here was powered by windmills. Most of them are gone- there were some 630 at the peak and … Read moreWindmills of Zaandam
August 29, 2015 We walked along the Zaan river today. Starting in the 17th century this area was heavily indistrialized. At the peak of windmilll usage there were 635 in the immediate area, draining fields and running factories. The mills powered lumber, paper, oil, flour and other factories. Here are some fine examples of the houses … Read moreTraditional houses of Zaandam
I guess I did not do enough walking yesterday, so we walked to downtown Zaandam. I photographed one of the houses Monet painted. It no longer looks the part, as you can see. There are about 35 Zaandam houses by Monet. There is a map you can use to see them all. I saw one … Read moreMonet’s “Blue House in Zaandam” and a sketch of a man with beard. Peter the Great’s House.
Broke ( (pronounced ‘brook’) in Waterland is definitely in Waterland, not only because it is in the municipality called Waterland but because Waterland is aptly named. The village is about as small as you can get- little more than a row of houses along a canal. But what houses! Here we are standing on the bank near … Read moreBroeke in Waterland, one of Hollands picturesque villages