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Sep 4, 2019 - Kinderdijk

In the wee hours, we passed through a couple of locks and were docked in Kinderdijk when we got up. After breakfast in the dining room, we met with our group for the walking tour; a local man named Kees ("case") was our guide. He was quite informative and injected both some Dutch and some humor. We toured a windmill after learning about water management and the windmills' role in that, including the old-school mechanics and materials. A miller must be licensed and live in the mill with his family. (There are only three female millers in...

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Jun 15, 2019 - Kinderdijk

Saturday, June 15 Today we visited the Kinderdijk windmills. These windmills were built before electricity was born; their purpose was solely to pump water. The watermills were needed because the Dutch wanted land. The Dutch added land to their nation by reclaiming it from the sea. First they built dikes around an area, and then they started pumping the water out. Most of the land they reclaimed, however, was peat. So as they pumped the sea water out, the land sank. Which let more water in. So they had to pump more water out. And they...

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Apr 25, 2019 - Baby Ducks and Baby Dikes

We left dock just before midnight last night (I’m told), and the ride was smooth enough. We “sailed” until 7:00 a.m. when we docked at Kinderdijk, Netherlands, where today’s excursion was located. We caught an early breakfast and reported to our bike excursion at 8:30. We did a two-hour bike tour of the 19 windmills in the area. These windmills form a UNESCO World Heritage Site and have functioned here since about 1740, and one actually from the mid 1600s. The mills work to manage the water levels in the area, moving water through a series...

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Cruising to 170

Oct 1, 2018 - Kinderdijk and Windmills

The Largest Concentration of Windmills in The Netherlands -- As the ship passed into the complex system of rivers and canals of the Netherlands we saw the picturesque Dutch countryside and the original technological marvels of historic Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our guide met us at the ship then we walked with our guide into the serene polder lands of South Holland. As we crossed the dike to the windmills, we noticed that they in fact, are at a lower elevation than our ship, as much of this part of The Netherlands is below...

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Jun 10, 2017 - Day 2: Kinderdjikt, Netherlands

Our first day out on the Rhine, and a stop at Kinderdjikt. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Kinderdjikt is the location of 19 working windmills built in the mid 18th century, and the largest concentration of windmills in the Netherlands. Each is occupied by a family that is required to keep it in working condition. Most have been occupied by the same family for generations. These windmills moved water from their below-sea level location to the adjacent canal on the other side of the dike.

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Jun 13, 2015 - Kinderdijk Netherlands

Before arriving in Kinderdijk we passed Noah's Ark. Yes really! A carpenter who spent three years and more than $1,530,000 building a full-scale replica of Noah's Ark opened it to the public. As many as 3,000 tourists a day can step aboard Johan Huibers' gigantic wooden boat in Dordrecht, in the Netherlands, which now boasts two cinemas and a restaurant alongside its menagerie of life-sized plastic animals. Mr Huibers was inspired to embark on the ambitious project after having a dream in which he saw part of his native Netherlands...

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Jul 25, 2014 - Kinderdijk, Netherlands (Cruise Day 2)

July 25, 2014 FridayOur first stop was in Kinderdijk (English: Children's Dyke). This area of low country is actually below sea level which is why there are 19 windmills here whose function is to pump water from the lower areas to the higher areas so the farmland is exposed for planting. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These are all working windmills with families living in them. The requirement if you live in a windmill is to keep it in working order. One family has lived in one of the windmills for 12 generations. Usually the...

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2014 European Trip

Jun 2, 2014 - Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

Very much a travel day with a stop here to see windmills and learn about The Netherlands and the water management system. It was interesting, but way too much detail for me. The windmills and the mechanics of how they work were fascinating, especially considering how long ago they were developed. Can' t imagine living in them but families do. The one we visited had, at one time, a family of thirteen and I can only imagine they were sleeping everywhere because no one space could even hold them all standing up! The terrain has changed...

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May 17, 2014 - Day 6 - Kinderdijk, Netherlands

We arrived in Kinderdijk sometime overnight but I missed it. I guess that's a good thing since it means I had a good sleep. We had breakfast before heading off. We decided to do a tour on our own of the windmills, rather than the organized one. There are 19 working windmills, built in the mid-18th century. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Families actually live in them and are required to keep them in working order. The area where the windmills are located is actually below the level of the water where the ship is docked as...

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May 7, 2014 - Amsterdam to Kinderdijk

Wednesday May 7 It was interesting during the night to look out and see the lights on the riverbank. We were moving quite quickly but it was so smooth and quiet. Apart from the moving shoreline, it was hard to know that we were in motion. In the morning we woke to cloudy skies. We went down to the dining room on deck 1 for breakfast and were joined at our table by a retired couple, Jan and Dave, from Rosland, B.C. Among the many things that we chatted about were vacation spots. This couple enjoy hiking and told us about a two-week hike...

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May 3, 2014 - Kinderdijk

Kinderditch today, 19 windmills with a tour of one. Really steep stairs and powerful sails. We were delayed landing to ship when a line got caught up in the port bow thruster prop. While we toured a diver was summoned to extricate the tangle and we were one hour late leaving port. Arrived Amsterdam in middle of night anyway. Picture is from our cabin window.

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Apr 15, 2013 - Kinderdijk, Netherlands

Windmills are an essential part of the Dutch landscape and responsible for keeping half the country above water. Kinderdijk, a tiny village located on a strip of land between the Lek and Noord Rivers, is one of the most picturesque and iconic sights in all of Holland. With the largest concentration of operational windmills- 19 of them, dating from the 14th century- it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and remains a major tourist attraction.

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