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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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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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Aug 13, 2012 - Kinderdijk

So far the food on this Viking boat is better than on the last Viking boat but the service isn't much better or faster. Had a situation where I'd washed out our 2 personal face cloths and hung them to dry only to have the room steward take them along with the boat's 2. They managed to find one of our 2 in the laundry room and returned it but insisted a second one that wasn't ours was ours. I gave up and accepted it. I'm sure this probably sounds petty but it took us several days of searching in many stores to find 2 lightweight (faster...

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Sep 17, 2011 - Kinderdijk, the Netherlands

Our only excursion in the Netherlands before we arrive in Amsterdam is in Kinderdijk. Kinderdijk is a polder where the water levels are controlled by 19 windmills, some diesel pumps, and two large and one slightly smaller Archimedes screws. It is supposed to be the largest collection of windmills in one place in the country. We were able to tour through one of the windmills and see how the millers live and work. We were able to climb the stairs to see all the living areas, as well as some of the working parts of the mill. Historically,...

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May 31, 2011 - windmills at Kinderdijk

We woke to rain this morning so the team decided it would be best to motor on Elodie to halfway point for the day's ride. This will at least allow us to stay dry for the morning. Today's ride will take us through Schoonhoven and up in Kinderdijk where there are 19 working windmills. Hopefully some photos to come. I think the highlight of the day was the 19 windmills in Kinderdijk. Although the medieval gate entrance to the city of Schoonhoven was fascinating as well. We took a tour of a working windmill. The worker showed us how he could...

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