A couple of weekends ago was Natasha’s birthday. To celebrate the whole family went on a weekend trip to Holland. We left around 6:30 AM, and got to our first destination around noon. Natasha mentioned how she wanted to see windmills when we were there, so I looked up ideal places to go to in Holland to see beautiful windmills. The most recommended place was a town called Kinderdijk. I am pretty sure if you write “Holland” and “Windmill” in google search, this place would pop up. And the pictures you would see are spectacular! I was completely awestruck by how unbelievably stunning this town was. It wasn’t just the beautiful Windmills that made this town so pretty, it was also all the quaint little houses that were basically glued to each other.
Here is a little history about the windmills, and their importance to this town. Netherlands is on the border of Germany, Belgium, and the North Sea. This is why there are so many beautiful canals everywhere, because half of its border is the North Sea. People created windmills to control water levels in towns that had a lot of canals, such as Kinderdijk. The community built the windmills and would give the responsibility of taking care of the water level to people who passed a certain test proving they knew how to operate a windmill. The people would live in the windmill with their families, and the community would pay them.
This was considered a peasant job, but I wouldn’t mind being paid to live in such a beautiful windmill. Although it is quite loud, and if you don’t do your job right, the whole town might flood. That seems like a lot of responsibility, so maybe I wouldn’t live here.. Right now the town doesn’t use the windmills to control the water levels, they have motor powered ones now. Each windmill is rented by someone (but the community owns all of them), and the people have to have a licence that proves that they know how to take care of the windmill.
There were about 18 or 19 windmills. It was so beautiful, ahh!! Each windmill had the year that they were built. Most of them were build in the early or mid 1700’s.
It is quite windy here, hence the windmills, so the grass looks super cool in this photo. Hope you guys can feel the wind from this picture.
I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but this place has a lot of beautiful windmills. (; There was one that was the oldest, that looked different from the others. But dingong me didn’t take any pictures of it. I took a lot of videos, but they don’t look that good once I upload them onto the blog. Sorry -_-
After we had lunch in Kinderdijk, we went to Delft. It was less than an hour away, with some light traffic. This is when I realized why Holland is the bicycle capital of the world. So viele Fahrräder! Just bicycle galore!
This picture doesn’t really show how many bikes there were, I just like how the the building look.
The pretty church in the middle of the town.
And when you turn around, you see this beautiful town hall. I don’t have any fun facts about this town, because we didn’t really learn anything about it. We just walked around for an hour or so. But I do know it’s very pretty!
The buildings look like they are floating. The canals were breathtaking. I was literally gasping for air!(;
After Delft, we headed to our AirBnB. It was in a town that was 30 min train ride from Amsterdam. We had some dinner that the host provided and went to bed. In the morning we had to stop by the mall because dingdong Inna forgot to pack Kosta any nice pants. (I was just having a dingdong weekend) What I realized when I was looking for the mall was that it would take you longer to get somewhere in a car then it would if you walked. This place is so bike friendly that there are barely any roads for cars in the center of any town.
Yet another pretty picture of a canal.
Pretty colorful houses. Amsterdam was so populated, but it also felt very intimate at time. Especially when you were walking through little back streets.
Of course I had to get a picture of the beautiful museum. I tried to get the famous sign, “I AMsterdam”, but there were so many people. Can you see it?
We spent most of our day in a bacteria museum, learning about all different bacteria. It was very interesting, and also disturbing. There are just too many things that have bacteria, including me. I think I might have started washing my hands more after that museum.