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Day 17 – Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam, Holland

April 2015

Returning from Zaanse Schans we went straight to Bloemenmarkt or in english it means flower market. This flower market is the only floating flower market in the world. The flower stalls stand on the houseboats. This area consists of an alley with 15 florist.

From Amsterdam Central Station you can take tram nos. 1,2 or 5 and get off at Koningsplein stop which is just a few meters away. The stalls here mainly sells flowers and all things flowers. Be it cut flowers, dried flowers, bulbs, flower related souvenirs right up to Cannabis starter kit if you are interested.

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The first stall as you come from Koningsplein stop.

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Shoppers at Bloemenmarkt.

Bloemenmarkt, an alley with 15 florist stalls.

Bloemenmarkt, an alley with 15 florist stalls.

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All things flowers sold at Bloemenmarkt.

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Decorative dried flowers hanging from the ceiling.

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If live tulips are not your thing, how about wooden ones?

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Or how about trying your hands on cultivating your own Cannabis. Small starter pack for €3 only.

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Day 17 – Zaanse Schans, Amsterdam, Holland

April 2015

Quick links : Photo spot
Zaanse Schans, 40 minutes from Amsterdam Central station by bus is a windmill village. Here you get an impression of the Dutch way of life in the 17th and 18th centuries with its working windmill and authentic village houses.

From the front of Amsterdam Central Station, walk straight to the back, take the escalator up to the bus stops. Take bus no 391 and you will want to drop-off in-front of Zaanse Schans museum. The bus driver will inform where it is. Then walk through the museum car park to the village entrance. There is no entry fee to enter the windmill village. The windmills itself are photo spots in their own right.

On the day of our visit, arriving before 10 a.m. there were already many tourist buses and the place was jammed pack with tourist. Zaanse Schans is purely a commercial tourist attraction. However, by 11.30 a.m. the crowd begins to taper off.

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Amsterdam Central Station bus stop.

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Welkom to Zaanse Schans. The museum car park and museum to the right.

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10 buses (more out of the photo frame) at the back row, another 10 buses (more) in the front row. A number more by the road side. Multiply this by 45 passengers each and you’ll get a multi-national behavioral headache.

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Cross over this small canal to the windmills.

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Windmills of Zaanse Schans.

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Windmills by the river.

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Zaanse Schans windmill.

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Green colored windmill.

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A mini windmill.

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Proudly Dutch.

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Village house in Zaanse Schans.

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View across river Zaan.

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Tourist centre.

Day 16 – Keukenhof (Pt2), Amsterdam, Holland

April 2015

Keukenhof is a big park and with all the beautiful tulip gardens we spent 4½ hours in it. While others got bored within an hour, we are yet to cover all the attractions in the park. There are numerous photo spots photographers would not miss and taking hundreds of shots is very likely. Although I am not a flower freak, colors attract my attention. Be it flowers or just painted walls. So more pictures below.

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