20010804-16 Matthijs with behind me the Zaanse Schans (Holland).jpg #250 Flour Mill "De Bleeke Dood" (The Pale Death) at Zaandijk (Holland)Thumbnails#248 Oil Mill "De Ooievaar" (The Stork) at Zaanse Schans (Holland)
Here I am standing on the old "Julianabrug" (Juliana bridge - referring to Princess/Queen Juliana) over the river Zaan,
with in the background the "Zaanse Schans" (Holland)

The Zaan is a small river in the province of North-Holland in the northwestern Netherlands and the name of a district through which it runs. The river was originally a side arm of the IJ bay and travels 10 kilometers through the municipality of Zaanstad ("Zaan City") north of Amsterdam, from West-Knollendam in the north to Zaandam in the south, where it empties into the IJ.

The municipality of Zaanstad and several towns along the Zaan are named for the river: Koog aan de Zaan, Westzaan, Oostzaan, Zaandijk and the city of Zaandam. The river also runs past the "Zaanse Schans", a village with historic windmills and houses. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands.
Matthijs van Wageningen
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