Willemstad - Kinderjik, Netherlands
04.01.2017 - 04.01.2017 60 °F
After a good nights sleep and breakfast, we all set off for the Delta Water Works Flood Control project. ...an engineering feat that took 30 years. In 1953 there was a flood that killed over 1800 people overnight in the province of Zeeland. Most of the area is about 20 feet below sea level. After about an hour on the bus we toured the dam system a huge and very impressive system. This is a series of dams that can be closed to prevent flooding but left open to allow for the existing ecology, including the production of mussels to survive. The sheer mass of the project which is a series of dams, dikes and bridges has preserved the land and protected it since the 1960's.
Back o the boat for lunch. And then sailed to Kinderdijk. There we visited the 19 historic windmills built in the 1700s. The windmills are a UNESCORTED World Heritage Site. We were taken to a unique windmill that the GCT Foundation has helped fund. There the 5th generation Miller gave us a demonstration of how the windmill works. Each arm of the wheel has a sailcloth that is used to cover the arm to produce various amounts of resistance depending on the strength of the winds. Instead of taking the canal boat back to our riverboat we chose to walk. Lovely day.
For the last two days we have seen some swans on the waterways. They are majestic. Spring bulbs and shrubs are in bloom. Lots of forsythia.