Windmills, Zaanse Schans.

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Comments (20)

trikermike on August 5, 2008

Hey Klaas, if this is your closest windmill, I have been on holiday to ENKHUIZEN! lomg ago on painting holiday-wonderful countryside and people, but the food is too sweet for me

Cheers Mike b¬D

Paula K on August 6, 2008

Beautiful scenery Claus.


c.s. on August 6, 2008

Hello Mike, I've never been to Enkhuizen, no friends or relatives living there. / The food too sweet? I've heard a lot of curious things in my life but this is new to me, what did you order?

Hi Paula, a few of the remaining windmills in this region. Up to a hundred years ago there were an estimated 1200 mills along the banks of the Zaan river, turning sails wherever you were looking.


stephan Seo on August 15, 2008

Hi Claus,I think it's a typical scenery of Dutch farm.Is the windmill still operating?


c.s. on August 21, 2008

Hello Stephan, this is in "Zaanse Schans", a kind of open-air museum. Nineteenth century saw-, paper-, flour- and oilmills (the oil from nuts). It's a pity you cannot see the sails turning, that's a beautiful sight.

Hi arif solak, thanks for nice comment and invitation.

Best regards, Claus

trikermike on August 21, 2008

Hello Claus I cannot tell if you recieved my posts on here, but thanks for the information about my name being used by spammers. Is there anything that I can do about this? As I said, I know nothing about that at all.

If you have followed my conversations with others on here, you will have heard that I am a bit 'under the weather'.....but the news is, that I am improving considerably following a restful night.

You were tellingStephan, Arif & Solak* about the sails turning?

When I was at Enkhuizen, we went to see a working mill, it was a fantastic experience-despite the fact that I could not go inside with the others, as I don't do ladders! but a fantastic place, near Edam, I think.

I go now, if there is anything I could do about the spammers, please let me know. Best regards, Mike

c.s. on August 22, 2008

Hello Mike, that spammer attack that I was talking about, happened in May. So your photo's were not affected because you were not active on Panoramio by that time. If there was any misunderstanding about this matter, it's due to my bad command of English. (I'm more advanced in Geordiespeak). Hope everything is fine,

Keep aheaaad marra,


trikermike on August 22, 2008

Hey Claus! I am glad to hear from you, my freind, are you well? I am so much better now, as you can deduce by my messaging aaaal ower!

Any confusion re: spammers, is all my fault, I don't read English as well as you write it!

Thankyou 4 yer best wishes, like tarra the noo, Mike

arif solak on August 25, 2008

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c.s. on September 1, 2008

Hello Arif Solak,

thanks for your nice comment and invitation.

Keep ahead marra,


Sue Allen on September 24, 2008

OH, I love this photo, Claus, they are like giant sentinels in the landscape! Do they make creaking noises, I imagine they do?

Wow, I just spotted another one in the distance. What a very wonderful place, and a wonderful photo to capture it so well!Those sweeping barn roofs have a wonderful line to them too, now I look again at the photo.

Y* for this one, as I don't want to ever lose it!

Very kind regards, Sue

Sue Allen on September 24, 2008

I said 'wonderful' too many blinking times in that comment, but I was quite astounded by such a scene! Do excuse my very limited vocabulary on this occasion! :D

Cheers, Sue

c.s. on September 24, 2008

Hello Sue, thanks for awarding me the Yellow Star for this picture, could have been an excuse to open a bottle of Champagne!

The mills make a lot of noises indeed, it's all wood, the cog-wheels and machinery inside creaking and squeaking, the turning sails whispering whoosh...whoosh...whoosh.

Up to a century ago there were many hundreds of windmills along the river Zaan. In this photo there are four to be seen.

Thank you very much again,

best regards, Claus

Sue Allen on September 27, 2008

I love your description of the noises, Claus! Thank you so much...

very best wishes


逃离城市 on October 25, 2008

Claus,I already rested on your picture the correct address, changed my picture localization.Thanks you once more kind and the friendship.

Expresses best wishes the kindest regards. Flees the city

Amelia Royan on February 23, 2009

I really like this one Claus, and I know someone else who will too. Your descriptions of all the hundreds of windmills along the River Zaan makes me realise just how important a symbol they are for the Netherlands. In fact as I look to my left I can see a plate hanging on my study wall with ... guess what on it?

They are such stately structures, and it must have been wonderful, if not very noisy, to see them all working :)

Greetings, Amelia

Nick Weall on February 23, 2009

Amelia was quite correct Claus and I have rushed along immediately ~~~ I love all of the information contained in the previous comments and look forward to reading them in more detail in the meantime this is a wonderful shot that gives me a much better idea of how Dutch Windmills can look en mass. Thank you so much and Y* of course too. friendly greetings from nick

c.s. on February 23, 2009

Thank you very, very much Amelia and Nick! So much praise and another gold star, it's too much for one day.

This Zaan region is not far from the sea, and the land is as flat as a pancake, so there is always wind. Even a slight breeze is enough to make the fans turning. It's a pity the modern windmills they use for generating electricity, are not as charming as their elder sisters.

Kind regards, and thank you very much,


trikermike on February 23, 2009

Hey claus it is so good to see you on Panoramio again, I was wondering if you were being held as a sex slave by who knows!

You have been getting more praise for this wonderful photograph? well, I said all I want to say about it, the original message can only be repeated now my friend, in short-blooming marvelous

take care, best regards and warm greetings from yer geordie marra!


Amelia Royan on February 23, 2009

You got in there first Mike - so many congratulations - it's the early bird eh - were you always ahead of your time?

I somehow think you might have been a bit of a trend setter!

Ca canny noo, A

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  • Uploaded on August 5, 2008
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    by c.s.
    • Taken on 2008/08/01 16:54:00
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