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Molenwaard

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  • Day33

    Kinderdijk Netherlands

    June 24, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today started with a short sail before disembarking for a short ride to Kinderdijk famous for its iconic 18th-century windmills. Its water-management network features 19 mills and 3 pumping stations, plus dykes and reservoirs that control flooding in the polder (low-lying land). Waterways, footpaths and bike trails crisscross the area, leading to the main visitors centre where we got to go inside a preserved working windmill. This was our main stop today as we had about 50kms to ride by 3:30pm to where our boat was waiting to set sail again to reach our final destination for the night - Willemstad.Read more

  • Day19

    Kinderdiijk

    October 8, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    The ship docked at Dordrecht and we bussed it to Kinderdiijk for a guided tour of the windmills.

    These are World Heritage Listed working windmills dating back to the middle ages. Very interesting to see how they managed the water in and out of the dykes. Even got to climb the 3 floors inside a working mill...

    Last night of the cruise tonight...the cruise director (Leonard) presented a slideshow of his photos during the cruise...very entertaining. At the final dinner, we gave our favourite waiters a gift of Aussie Stubby coolers...not sure they understood what they were though...😂
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  • Day5

    Kinderdijk und Dordrecht

    June 23, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Nachdem wir uns jetzt kurzfristig doch gegen die großen Städte Amsterdam und Rotterdam entschieden haben, fuhren wir heute morgen auf den Wohnmobilstellplatz nach Alblasserdam, wo wir ein schönes Plätzchen neben den Yachten ergattern konnten.
    Von hier aus ging es mit dem Fahrrad erst zu den Windmühlen nach Kinderdijk und dann in das älteste Städtchen Hollands, nach Dordrecht. Die Bilder sprechen für sich...
    Ach übrigens, das ist keine Pizza sondern Pfannkuchen 😋
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  • Day5

    Die Windmühlen von Kinderdijk

    September 14, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Amsterdam haben wir am heutigen Morgen den Rücken gekehrt und uns aufgemacht in Richtung Küste. Erste Station heute: die Windmühlen von Kinderdijk.
    Für Wohnmobilfahrer ist die Parksituation ein Graus.
    Der Ausblick auf die Mühlen über das Moor belohnt jedoch.
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  • Day3

    Kinderdijk

    April 27, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    A beautiful afternoon trek to Kinderdijk. Water, water everywhere.

  • Day16

    Kinderdijk Windmills

    May 10, 2015 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    I woke early to take photos on deck at sunrise. We ate breakfast then visited windmills at Kinderdijk. A Dutch guide named Ad was formerly engineer for US company. He was very knowledgeable about the mechanics and engineering of windmills. He explained old customs about millers communicating by the position in which they stopped their sails. He showed us the modern facility that uses hugh Archimedes screws to keep the polder dry. I tried to get a shot that resembles a picture my grandmother had hanging in her parlor. This was a fascinating tour.Read more

  • Day166

    Day 167: Mill Network at Kinderdijk

    July 31, 2017 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Last full day in the Netherlands, and of course it was time for the last World Heritage site on the mainland (there are two others, one in the North Sea and the other in the Caribbean). And this was the most famously "Dutch" of them all - the mill networks at the Kinderdijk.

    Located about 10 kilometres to the east of Rotterdam, they were quite easy to access via a ferry that departed just a few minutes walk from our hotel. So we wandered down fairly early and hopped on. Arrived at the dike area around 11:30 and set to exploring.

    It's actually a fairly small area, with about 20 windmills from the 1730s and 1740s sitting along a pair of canals. The accessible area is fairly small, since you can basically only walk up and down one bank of the canal, though it is quite long - probably a kilometre or more end-to-end.

    We walked down and took some photos and video, dodging the tour groups. Annoyingly, a large cruise ship (bloody Viking Cruises) had just put in, so the grey sea was out in full effect. One of the windmills was set up as a museum which was quite interesting to see - they were actually houses as well as working mills! This particular mill was at one point home to 15 people - mum, dad, and 13 children! Where they all slept was beyond me.

    The mills were for pumping water out of the nearby fields rather than milling grains, and when the wind picked up the sails made an enormous racket. Thump-thump-thump as the blades kept spinning. And if the waters were high and the winds strong, you had to just keep pumping - I have no idea how they managed to sleep with the racket of machinery and blades. Not a great life I guess.

    We walked from one end to the other, filming and photographing, and had a small lunch of hot dogs from a cart someone had set up. Slightly atypical meal! Continued wandering around but by 2pm or so we'd pretty much exhausted the site, so we jumped back on the ferry into town and headed up to our hotel room.

    I felt tired for some odd reason and had a small nap, while Shandos went out for another wander to check out the nearby shopping district. I did some video work once I woke up.

    In the evening we went out for a meal at a nearby Turkish restaurant, on the same eat street that we'd been to yesterday. This time we shared a mixed meat kebab skewer and a lamb/almond/chickpea stew - the latter was incredibly delicious! Good way to end our final day in the Netherlands!
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Molenwaard, MLW

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