|The different machines at the chocolate museum|
Along with windmills, there is also a chocolate factory that one can tour, a museum that showcases the history of the area, and several small buildings where one can learn about cheese, clogs, and more.
We had lunch at the pancake restaurant and then went to check out one of the windmills that grinds spices. It was pretty neat seeing how the windmill worked and being able to smell the spices.
Then we checked out the cheese farm where we got to sample somewhere around 15 different cheeses. My favorite was a young goat cheese and we ended buying some to bring back home with us.
|Inside and at the top of a windmill|
The volunteer went through and showed us the process to make the oil. It was definitely not kid-proof at all (I kept our baby in the stroller the whole time while Aaron held our toddler), but it was a really neat experience. There was also a ladder that we were able to climb to the top of the windmill!
|The view from the top of the oil windmill|
We also visited the weaving workshop where we learned about sail making and how people lived back then. The ladies there were so nice! They were able to get our toddler to smile (she was a little sad at the moment) and helped us get our double stroller inside.
|The weaving workshop – learning how sails were made.|
|London sitting on a tiny Dutch bed|
The clog workshop was fun to visit as well. There was a little museum with clogs of all occasions when we first walked in. Apparently, before a man proposed, he carved some very intricate designs onto some clogs and then gave them to the woman when he asked to marry her. There were also painted clogs, ice clogs, and even a pair of bejeweled clogs. We also got to watch a guy make a pair of clogs. He had a little machine that carved out the shoe and then he has to let the clogs dry for some time before they can be painted.
|Clogs! The top right are engagement clogs, in the middle below is a machine making clogs, and the bottom right is a pair of sparkly clogs.|
It was a beautiful restaurant with a beautiful view of the port. The food was amazing and everyone there was so nice to our girls. They even gave London a little chocolate and a magnet at the end of our visit!
We all got to try salted herring for the first time and we all really liked it. We also tried smoked salmon mousse (so, so good), Dutch shrimp, smoked sea bass, and regular smoked salmon. It was all fantastic. Our toddler ate a little of everything and liked it, our baby ate mostly bread and beets. 🙂
|Our view while we ate.|