August 31, 2015
Zaandam was quite the industrial center and still there are two chocolate factories – we can smell the chocolate every day- and quite a number of other factories in the area. The industrial revolution here was powered by windmills. Most of them are gone- there were some 630 at the peak and there are 14 now. Here are photos of a portion of what remains:
In the above mill they sell flour that I assume they grind there. They have some speciality flours such as spelt and pancake flour – I am not sure what they mean by that. At any rate, the Dutch eat both savory and sweet pancakes. Here’s a shot of the interior.