Viking Cruises, Photo of the Day #18
This will be my first post from our most recent Viking River Cruise, “Rhine Getaway”. I can’t begin to tell you how awesome this trip was. We were treated like royalty, encountered wonderful architecture. learned a vast amount of history and almost couldn’t digest all the fantastic attributes of this recent journey abroad to Europe. Thankfully Viking was able to soothe our wounded frustrations after a beleaguered start. Our flight from DFW was delayed by mechanical issues and we arrived three hours late. It is wonderful to have a warm, damp washcloth handed to you as soon as you enter the Longship Eir and the wash away all your tiredness and dirt from traveling. Viking knows how to soothe life’s irritations.
On our first day sailing after leaving Amsterdam we arrived in a small community of Kinderdijk, the Netherlands. Everyone knows the Netherlands is associated with windmills, but I had no idea of the complexity of their operations or that individuals still resided in some of them. It’s an unusual sight to see the inside of the windmills and how close quartered they are. One thing is for sure people who operate and live in the windmills have to be very dedicated. They are constantly on call for any and all wind! There were 19 windmills in this Unesco granted area, so designated in 1997. All were originally built in 1740. Imagine the weather and abuse these mills have undertaken and are still standing.
***Portions of our cruise were sponsored by Viking River Cruises. All opinions, as always, are those of my own.
Posted By September 26, 2017
I absolutely fell in love with the pic, I’m planning to go to Europe soon and I hope I can see some windmills myself, and of course go all the way to the north to the nordic countries
Good luck on seeing a windmill. They are gorgeous!
I didn’t know people still lived inside the windmills… It must be a remarkable scene indeed… I wonder what their rooms look like, with the round walls…
It is unusual that people still live inside the windmills!
i had no clue windmills were houses as well. But that age, they are over 2 centuries old and still standing strong. that’s fascinating.
Yes over two centuries old and still standing obviously means they were constructed well!
Using windmills as homes is rare but not exactly surprising. How do they live in this everyday though?
I think even thoughthe times have changed, they can still “live in the past”, just like some people who live in the woods, in a cabin.
It seems you had a great experience there. Great picture of a a very old but still standing firm windmill. Thanks for sharing!
I did have a wonderful time. I hope you can visit one day!
Tested by time, strengthened by will.. fully functional windmills are a testament to the indomitable human spirit. Thank you for sharing this poignant snapshot, sir
It was quite a visit. I was surprised the windmills were still fully functional! Thanks for the kind words.
I have never seen a windmill and wouldn’t mind seeing one.The photo here is awesome, a windmill that has really stood the test of time despite all the weather and abuse.it a good one then.
Thanksfor the compliment. I hope you can see one soon.
I know you had a great trip. That photo of a windmill is really amazing i have never really seen one would be nice to have a look at one especially one like this that stood the test of time.
I hadn’t ever seen a windmill like this in person. In Texas we have windmills that help pump water up,but they aren’t habitable.
Windmills are really a thing to behold. I have never seen one and is enthusiastic about seeing one. Thanks for the beautiful post.
It was y pleasure to share this.
The windmill is wonderful, the classic picture of a windmill. The windmills we have in our country is different since it does not have a wide base.
Interesting about the windmills in your country.
The Netherlands is a beautiful and peaceful country; my mom always wants to visit it someday. Thanks for sharing your experience, If we’ll be given an opportunity to visit it, I will include this place
I sincerely hope you and your mom get the chance to visit The Netherlands!
I’ve never seen a legit windmill, I mean the classic one. What we have in our country are the modern style. The picture captured me totally.
That’s all we have also, modern style. Thanks for the nice thoughts!
wow, that’s a cool windmill. windmill nowadays are too hi-tech.
Thank you for your kind words!
the place looks a bit scary! but still, it would be lovely to see it in person.
In person it isn’t scary!
almost two hundred years and the windmills still stand.i cant imagine living in one. that is a great picture you took. i love forward to more
Thank you for the nice thoughts!
I never really saw one in person. I hope I also could someday.
Best of luck in your search to see one in person!
That looks amazing. Always take care on your trip.
I am always safe and careful on my trips. Thanks.