Janice Cruises Europe 2017

Our First Cruise Destination Is Kinderdijk (4/24/2017)  

Day #2 - Arriving At Kinderdijk (Page Seven)

Kinderdijk is a village in the Netherlands, belonging to the municipality of Molenwaard, in the province South Holland, about 15 km (9 miles) east of Rotterdam.

The name Kinderdijk is Dutch for "Children dike".

Kinderdijk is situated in a polder in the Alblasserwaard at the confluence of the Lek and Noord rivers. To drain the polder, a system of 19 windmills was built around 1740. This group of mills is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands.

We traveled all night to Kinderdijk eventhough it was about 70 miles from Amsterdam. Moving slow is good!

Did You Know? - The windmills at Kinderdijk are a group of 19 monumental windmills in the Alblasserwaard polder, in the province of South Holland, Netherlands. Most of the mills are part of the village of Kinderdijk in the municipality of Molenwaard, and one mill, De Blokker, is part of the municipality of Alblasserdam.

Built in 1738 and 1740, to keep water out of the polder, it is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands and one of the best-known Dutch tourist sites.

The mills are listed as national monuments and the entire area is a protected village view since 1993. They have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

We have arrived

Nice long walk along the canal to the museum

Bult adjacent to the waterways

They stand tall against the backdrop

The ship docks and we are off for a walking tour

It was a peacefulmorning

UNESCO Visitors Center
Nice museum

Detailed maps show the locations of the windmills

Wooden shoes anyone?

Did You Know? - A klomp (plural klompen) are whole feet clogs from the Netherlands.

Approximately 3 million pairs of klompen are made each year. They are sold throughout the Netherlands. A large part of the market is for tourist souvenirs. However some Dutch people, particularly farmers, market gardeners, and gardeners still wear them for everyday use. Outside the tourist industry, klompen can be found in local tool shops and garden centers.

The traditional all-wooden Dutch clogs have been officially accredited as safety shoes with the CE mark and can withstand almost any penetration including sharp objects and concentrated acids. They are actually safer than steelcapped protective shoes in some circumstances, as the wood cracks rather than dents in extreme accidents, allowing easy removal of the clog and not continued pressure on the toes by the (edge of the) steel nose.

Great weather

Located right on the canal... Always something to see

Dock for the smaller boats

The little tug boat was cute

Oops! Time to turn around

Going away

The pumping station is diesel driven replaying the windmills

Amazing engineering went into this area of the flood control

Out for a stroll

Did You Know? - The position of the sails on a windmill can be used to convey messages such as a death in the family, a joyous occasion such as a wedding, a short or a long time of inactivity or even a call to come to the mill as quickly as possible. Sail signals also warned locals against impending Nazi raids during World War II.

The sails come close to the ground... Watch out!

Did You Know? - A Greek engineer living in Roman Egypt in the 1st century AD is credited as being the inventor of the windmill – using it to power a machine. The name of the man is a reminder of how important the invention is – he was called simply ‘Hero’.

Enjoying the walk and seeing the sights

"No... I am not wearing wooden shoes"

Still turning after 100+ years

Did You Know? - It is said that ‘windmills built the Netherlands’. Without windmills, water could not have been drained away from the flat, marshy lands of Holland – and farmers couldn’t have grown fruit, vegetables and tulips.

Loads of bricks form the building

Be neat and keep your shoes off the floor

They had leather shoes also!

Spartan conditions

Everything in its place

The dress of the day on display

Pretty noisy on the business end of the mill

The rooms were not quiet when the mill was turning

The house was confortable

Love the old iron stove

Neat signage throughout the house

Time to cook!

The windows where shuttered for the heacy rains

Always green

The sails were fastened to the ground during heavy winds

Did You Know? - The phrase ‘tilting at windmills’ is a phrase used to describe the act of attacking imaginary enemies or fighting unwinnable or pointless battles. This expression originates from an incident in a book called Don Quixote, written by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes in 1605. Quixote is a retired country gentleman who becomes convinced that he is a chivalrous knight and embarks on several ‘adventures’ to the bemusement of all he comes across. One passage of the book details how, riding on his skinny old farm horse, he attacks windmills in the mistaken belief that they are giants.

A mechanical nightmare

Home away from home

Time to return to the ship!

Lifeboat drill in a canal? Oh well!

We could jump to shore

All the comforts of home

We are starting to move

Goodbye Kinderdijk

Safe and sound

As we float by the city

145 miles to Cologne (Page Eight)