Friday, September 30, 2005

Netherlands - Part 3

Continuing from Part1 and Part 2.

After a tiring first two days, the third day started a bit late, as expected. The first thing on the list was the Anne Frank Huis. This is the Huis, or House where Franks were hiding for about 2 years against the Nazi persecution.

I have read Anne Frank’s Diary before, so it was very much possible to associate her favourite tree or the scribbling on the wall to what she would have felt. It is definitely a place to go, to feel how cruel human mind can grow and what fear can do..

It was abt noon and we had abt 7 hrs left for the end of the trip. The options available to spend were to walk around the city again or go to any of the art museums. While we were trying to arrive at a consensus among the 12 member army, another idea of going to a rural side and visiting a wind mill came up and most of us agreed on that. [mebbe due to lack of options, since none of us were big Kalai Aarvalars.].

We took the train to Zaanse Schans. As per the ZS page, The Zaanse Schans is a delightful old hamlet on the banks of the river Zaan with characteristic green wooden houses, charming styalised gardens, small hump-backed bridges, tradesmen's workshops, historic windmills and engaging little shops. This enchanting hamlet gives an excellent impression of how a typical Zaanse village must have looked like in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Apart from the cluster of windmills and houses there are also several museums, restaurants and a visitors' centre to be found as well as the possibility of taking a boat trip on the river. The Zaanse Schans has become one of the top tourist destinations in the Netherlands.

Find an excellent view of ZS.


We then moved on to the DeKat Windmill.

The mill is huge. Two stone of 3 Tonnes, like our Thaer Chakkaram are constantly rotating on a stone base. This set up is used to crush the clay and lime required to make paints and pigments.

This is powered by the Wind. The transmission of energy is full by wooden shafts and gears. They are located in different floors of the mill.

The ground floor consists of the Rolling Stones.


The next floor is for the Gears,


The second is for the Shaft. The third is again for gears.


When you come out of the first floor, the huge fans gush around with enormous speed. It appears as though it is rotating slowly and feebly. But the experience when they pass very close to the ears is highly blood freezing.

That is really something which needs to be experienced.

Nearby was a Cheese making factory, producing the famous Holland Cheese in its ancient way. This factory is just a minute walk from the windmills. Both these are surrounded by lush green fields. It was an excellent rural place to stay and enjoy.

But we just had few hours more in that excellent country. Just took a train to amsterdam. Again did some shopping for souvenirs and took the bus/ferry back to London.


11 Comments:

At Sat Oct 01, 09:23:00 AM CDT, Blogger thennavan said...

History-oda aikkiyam aayitteenga. The only time I set foot in Netherlands was at the Amsterdam airport way back in September 2001 when amma and I had to rush back to Bombay on account of my grandma's hospitalization there. So, given our state of mind at that time, I could not even properly enjoy the sights and sounds of what is regarded as one of the best airports in the world.

 
At Sun Oct 02, 09:41:00 AM CDT, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

nathame - thamilin pranavame - senthamile - yoganidhrayile aalum brahmanae - eppo namma santhikalam? :)

 
At Sun Oct 02, 12:50:00 PM CDT, Blogger WA said...

Once again a wonderful account of your trip Tj. Nice one. Oh if possible tell us about the ferry/buses too please. Do you get them from London? Are they expensive etc?

 
At Sun Oct 02, 07:10:00 PM CDT, Blogger Venky Krishnamoorthy said...

awsome pics, dude!

 
At Sun Oct 02, 08:26:00 PM CDT, Blogger Ram.C said...

pics are wonderful TJ. especially your description of the working and the related equips.. the first pic was too good.

 
At Sun Oct 02, 09:12:00 PM CDT, Anonymous Sundaresan said...

TJ, good post and pics...btw, Anniyanla Oh Sukhumari song kooda Amsterdamla dhaan eduthaangannu padichen...adhula kooda wind-mill backgroundla varum....btw, did u get a chance to go the tulip garden?

 
At Mon Oct 03, 05:18:00 AM CDT, Anonymous Dubukku said...

Nice narration and pictures TJ.
Inbtwn - saw your comments late yesterday. Was busy looking for some garrage for my Car MOT:)
How about this saturday? shall we catchup?

 
At Mon Oct 03, 11:36:00 AM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good read TJ..
subbu,

 
At Mon Oct 03, 09:11:00 PM CDT, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

enna serial madri oru varam oru episode podrenga??nice pics

 
At Tue Oct 04, 10:51:00 PM CDT, Blogger Priya said...

ore serial maari oru feel kudukareenga.. nice pictures.

well, edhavadhu festive event vandha adha pathi ezhuthuveenga!!navarathri pathi post kedayaadha???

 
At Thu Oct 06, 03:10:00 AM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Thanks Thennavan,
I too have heard amsterdam schipol airport is good/great, but havent been there yet. :(

Arjuna,
ThiMuKa va vida adigama mandala maanadu pottukittu irukkom naama.!!

Uma,
Thanks! Abt the bus/ferry, we took the eurolines. Starts 7pm as Ams and Calais at 1 am, then ferry till 3.am and then bus reaching victoria at 5 am. Ticket is 19£.
There is also . It is 25£ for any station in Holland to any station in ONE railway.

Venky Thanks!!

Ram,
Thanks, the first pic was taken in my digicam version 1.0, bought 5 yrs back, no optical zoom blah blah blah..

Sundaresan,
Yes, the oh sukumari was in holland. We missed the tulip gardens, coz it opens only in spring, and by the time we went the season was over. :(

dubukku,
Thangalai sandiththadhil mikka magizhchi. Sorry, apoorvama aapees velai vandhu, aapu adichiruchu.. :(

Hey Subbu,
Nandri machchi. Thangal varavu nal varavaagugha.

Vatsan,
bayapadadheenga, serial mudichachu :P

Priya,
Navarathiri pathi post podanumnu romba plan panninein. but this week lottaaa work, blog pakkame vara mudiyala.. Definitely navaratri is the best ever week to happen every year in our childhood

 

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