We really lucked out with many of the Netherlands national holidays occurring right after our move. Joe had off this Monday, the day after Pentecost so off we went on our next daytrip adventure. We started our day at Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997. This is a unique polder area of dykes, boezems, mills and pumping stations is a testament of human inventiveness in reclaiming & protecting the land. Kinderdijk is the only place in the world with so many windmills so close together in an authentic polder landscape. This area is below sealevel and surrounded by rivers and canals. The 17 windmills used for water drainage were built between 1738 and 1740.
We paid 5 euros to park which included a free coffee at the pumping station visitor center.
Unfortunately we didn’t have clear blue skies as forecast, but we still made the most of our visit even if our pictures didn’t turn out the best.
Lilly pads in canal at Kinderdijk
Wildflowers & windmill
Enjoying Dutch country
Joe complained about needing to pay to use the toilet as we left. I am usually in the same boat, but I know the cost of maintaining the historical nature of some of these sites and I feel okay with paying for facilities for others to continue to enjoy this protected site for years to come.
Next we decided to drive over to Delft and walk around. It was pouring last time Joe tried to visit there and Jackie thought Delft would be more fun than modern Rotterdam which she’s already visited.
Yet another beautiful canal city, Delft. It is known for Delftware, its blue pottery.