One P-Day, (August 17, 2013), Alden and I found ourselves free--really free--to go enjoy a whole P-Day doing something we could choose to do. So, we chose the Open Air Museum in Arnhem. This Museum has been created to preserve the Dutch lifestyle through the centuries. There are homes and farmhouses, stores and factories from the 1600's up and including homes as late as 2000. Rather than tear them down, these homes and other buildings are disassembled and moved to this Open Air Museum. You can travel through the museum on an old tram line from the 50's. It really was a great day.
Here are the pictures of all we saw and what we did--except I didn't take any pictures of President shopping. :)
The following are pictures of a barn from 1600's and later. The barns were always attached to the house. Literally, you opened the back door of the house and you opened the front door of the barn. I have not idea how they kept the smell of the barn out of the house.
A pig sty inside the barn. The opening goes to the outdoor area
of the pig pen.
The front door of a farmhouse.
The mantle above the fire and cooking area.
Attached barn again.
Hand painted Delf blue tiles have been used a long time.
Even today, people put 'screens' in their windows so any passerby cannot see directly into the house.
A drawbridge over the canal.
Beautiful roof of thatch and tile.
The ever present windmill.
It is fascinating to watch and hear them working.
Narrow Dutch cobblestone street
It was peaceful and nice to spend a day like this with Alden.
The poorer people painted their wood floors, doors and mantels to look like stone.
The only other place I have seen this done is building in Utah build by the pioneers who could not afford marble, but wanted their wood to look like marble.
Even a church.
Well furnished barn.
En kaas and roomboterfabriek
A Cheese and Butter Factory
Just a fun day to see something different. I counted it as a great day with Alden.