Postcards: Zaanse Schans & Haarlem
For those with a little time in their hands, a day trip to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam might be worth your while if getting your eyes on the iconic Dutch windmills is on your bucket list. It is a touristy destination, but where else are you going to see people make clogs, Delft ware and Dutch cheese?
Haarlem is a smaller scale version of Amsterdam, providing a great afternoon stroll (only 20minutes by train from Amsterdam) and a chance to visit the home of Corrie Ten Boom. This is the very place that provided a safe haven for countless Jews during the Nazi Holocaust. Stand inside the secret room and experience the claustrophobia of what it would have been like to be locked here for hours to days, when house raids were occurring.