Jun 242010

There’s this tourist attraction that I go yearly to because of the windmills that are concentrated in the area. It’s called Kinderdijk. If you ask non Europeans what they know about The Netherlands, don’t be surprised if some do not even have a clue that this tiny country in Europe exists. But to those who are aware, they would probably say that it’s the land of windmills, cheese, tulips and wooden shoes.

This photo was taken summer of last year. I’ll be visiting Kinderdijk again this year, and of course take new photos. Not that the windmills would look differently but I know I’ ll be enjoying capturing them again with my camera.

Anyhow, read more about Kinderdijk, taken from this source:

The Netherlands is famous for its windmills. Today there are still more than 1.000 mills. Nowhere in the world you will find as many windmills as near (the Dutch village) Kinderdijk. Around 1740 no less than 19 sturdy mills were built here. They have been well preserved to the present day.

The mills drain the excess water from the Alblasserwaard polders – which are situated below sea-level – after which the water is sluiced into the river Lek (the Rijn).

The powerful mill sails serve to transmit the force of the wind on to large paddle-wheels which scoop up the water. Nowadays power-driven pumping engines do the job, including one of the largest water screw pumping-stations in Western Europe.

The foundation “Wereld Erfgoed Kinderdijk” maintains and preserves the windmills in Kinderdijk.

The preservation is not limited to the windmills themselves, but also covers the area in which the windmills are situated. The foundation makes use of funds from the government and the members of the foundation each contribute to the cost of maintenance. Additional sponsoring should take care of reducing the backlog of repairs.

In 1997 the mills of Kinderdijk were put on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Mar 092010

I was at the beach last weekend when I photographed this video camera. The owner left it momentarily to check on something, and that’s when I took the chance.

You might ask what it’s doing there on the beach? I know! But I can’t reveal it just yet. No they weren’t filming a movie. It was there for something special. Something that few people get the chance to experience.

I shall be revealing it on my future post. ;)

Dec 212009


Yesterday (20 dec.) it snowed the whole day long. The day before that we already got about 4 cm snow and yesterday’s snow just added to it. I kind of like this powdery snow, dry and not slippery to walk on (yeah I’m afraid to walk on wet snow! blame it on my flat feet :P )

Anyhow, in this part of Holland, Zuidwest (South-West) we sure do not get much of snow even when most part of the country is white blanketed already so seeing this much of snow is something else. 20cm! In some provinces people are claiming to have 60cm of it.

I thought I’d take photos of my legs covered with snow. See the difference? After these shots I of course went immediately home to thaw my feet, brrr!