Last Friday, I visited the Zaanse Schans which is a typisch Nederlands place. It has windmills, cheese, wooden shoes, boats, and of course water.
Originally, during the 18th and 19th century, the Zaanse Schans was an industrial area with around 600 windmills. Windmills were used more than for just milling grain. The Dutch also ground pigments for paint, oil (or extracted it rather), spices, cocoa, and even sawed wood.
Later, old houses were moved to the Zaanse Schans to be preserved.
Now there are museums too. I visited the Klompenmakerij and a kaasboerderij.
I took lots more pictures which you can check out here if you are interested.