Joe & Marcia - Grand European Tour travel blog

Good Morning, Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk Windmills



Windmill in Renovation

Inside the Windmill

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 NL, and they are in grain mills.)

Our stay in Kinderdijk was concluded because we have a lot of river to cover to reach Cologne.

We met Pauline and John from England as we spent time in the lounge while cruising on the Waal. We saw industry, Friesan cattle, sheep, windmills, and cargo cranes.

Brotzeit! Time for yet another meal - lunch in the dining room.

In the afternoon we participated in the safety drill and returned to our stateroom to enjoy the cruising views. Dutch Tea is on the agenda, with dinner just two hours later. Wow!

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