The next day of our trip, we decided to go back to Amsterdam. First we went to the tourist information point, which is located opposite the central station, to get information on how to reach the characteristic areas with windmills. A very kind gentleman suggests us as a destination Zaanse Schans, a tourist town that is located in the north of Amsterdam. So, following his instructions we took a train that in 20 minutes brought us to this lovely town, where you can breathe the true essence of the Dutch soul.
Zaanse Schans is a small community located on the quay of the river Zaan. Part of the city was created in 1960 to illustrate the life in a village of seventeenth-century. The shops, houses, mills, historical buildings of the entire Zaan region have been relocated here to recreate a village-museum in which one lives and works. In fact, people are dedicated to the maintenance of Dutch traditions. Here the inhabitants themselves operate the mills, it seems to go back in time and live a fairy tale.
Once finished the tour in the village, we moved to the residential area called Zaandijk where there are some local places where to have lunch. We chose the pub Proeflokaal De Kruis, where we were greeted in a very kind by both the owner and the waitress, who served us promptly and very politely.
In Holland it is not easy to eat typical dishes, as it happens in Italy, or maybe we did not have the time, however here we ate sandwiches with flavors and smells typical of the Nordic countries.
Tommaso chose a sandwich with an extra-large meatball spiced with dill, accompanied by pickles and mustard, while for me pulled chicken with paprika and with a flavoured salad that cooled the whole. Finally, excellent beer at will.
After lunch we returned to Amsterdam and we were wandering around the city until evening, visiting coffee shops and gouda shops, which I discovered to be a very good cheese!