A Day in the Netherlands

Published Date Author: , June 25th, 2014

Netherlands - Dolly Goolsby

Good morning,

I have a bit of time before going on a walking tour of Nijmegen. (These Dutch names seem hard to pronounce, but the town is pronounced “Nee-Megan “). Today will be our last day in the Netherlands, as after lunch we will sail again, this time into Germany.

Netherlands - Dolly GoolsbyYesterday we had the pleasure of visiting the little star-shaped village of Willemstadt. It is so tiny, our Program Director told us that if we got lost in that town there virtually is no help for us! I think he might have put it a bit more tactfully, but we got the message.

Frank and I walked down this lovely little street, and met a man who was trimming his garden. He spoke English very well, and he was so happy that we had stopped to talk with him. I asked if I could take his picture, and he said, “Oh, yes, just wait a minute until I put on my wooden shoes.” He and Frank had a great conversation, then we continued on our way.

We then found one of my favorite things, a fruit and vegetable market, but I restrained myself and didn’t buy anything.

After lunch, we sailed a short way, and were able to visit a UNESCO World Heritage site, Kinderdijk, where there are miles of canals, with old windmills along the canals. Most of the windmills were built in the mid 1700\0x2032s, and many are still operational. We got to tour the inside of one, to see the living quarters. It was interesting to me to find that the kitchens were in a stone building set apart from the windmill, as the danger of fire was too great to have a kitchen inside. I do not know what they did for heat, as this area can get very cold. The baking kitchen was another stone building, much larger, and shared by many families.

We walked from our ship to the windmills, then returned by way of a canal boat. A local lady gave us more of the history of the canals and windmills. Very interesting.

I shall let you know how the rest of the day goes. The weather promises to stay pleasant. This part of the river is very busy with all kinds of boat traffic, much as in Antwerp. The Viking cruise ship was right next to us, literally, this morning. If the passengers on the Viking wanted to leave their ship, they would have walked through ours. Another cruise ship is right in front of us and another one in front of them.

I am enjoying the trip very much. Now I must close and go on the walking tour of Nijmegen.

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