Viking Cruise, Day 13, Friday, July 8, 2016

In Thursdays post I failed to mention something something that is peculiar to Cologne. Like Bamberg and it’s Rauchbier, Schlenkeria smoked beer, Cologne has it’s own beer, Kolsch, which comes in many types. If you order beer in Cologne, the server marks your coaster and continues to replace your empty glass until you place your coaster on top of the glass. Beer drinking can get costly in Cologne.

Today we got to sleep in because we didn’t get into Kinderdijk, The Netherlands until this afternoon. Around 2pm we docked and began our walking excursion. Exiting the boat, we walked up the gangway to the top of the dike, and crossed the road to the World Heritage windmill site.

 

Our guide gave us a demonstration on how windmills were constructed and how wooden shoes were made. She also explained how the dike system and pumping stations worked.

Before beginning our walk, Babs and I had our picture taken framed by the National Geographic photo contest frame.

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The windmills with wooden blades and cloth sails  were originally built to power the pumping of water from one dike to another. Today that job is done by diesel and electric pumping stations powering these large screw pumps.

There were 19 working windmills at the site. People are allowed the live there rent free in exchange for maintaining them and operating the windmill for 6,000 rotations a month. We walked to a windmill where Babs took the tour inside were she saw how the occupants lived. I sat outside because of small quarters and steep narrow stairs.

 

On the ways back to our boat we took our wooden shoe opp for Babs. And saw bicyclers on top of a nearby dike.

Departing Kinderdijk, Babs shot these pictures which including Dutch “contented cows”.

Tonight was our last dinner on the boat which we shared by our favorite traveling companions Roger and Charlene, and Richard and Barbara.

Tomorrow we will be in Amsterdam.

Babs Says: There was an old woman who lived in a windmill. She had 13 children – Never heard of the pill. Really – a family with 13 children lived in such a tiny space taking care of the mill.

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