This is where I share all the postcards I receive thanks to my new addiction: POSTCROSSING! All the official cards and direct swaps will be posted in this blog. If you'd like to send me a postcard, just e-mail me to exchange addresses - I'll send you one card in return! All the cards on this blog were sent from the country of origin!
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout - NETHERLANDS - UNESCO #818
After tulips, water windmills are probably the most well-known Dutch landmark (ok, along with some kinky stuff in Amsterdam) and this set of 19 mills that drain the polders in that area allowing construction and agriculture, was built in the 18th century and is one of the most visited sites in Holland. It's an excellent spot for a late afternoon walk of bicycle ride, just until the romantic sunset. I was our first time here and we just loved it! Now I have 113 UNESCO site cards, only 868 missing.
UNESCO #818 - Kinderdijk in Winter
UNESCO #818 - Sunset at Kinderdijk Mill Network - NETHERLANDS
The outstanding contribution made by the people of the Netherlands to
the technology of handling water is admirably demonstrated by the
installations in the Kinderdijk-Elshout area. Construction of hydraulic
works for the drainage of land for agriculture and settlement began in
the Middle Ages and have continued uninterruptedly to the present day.
The site illustrates all the typical features associated with this
technology – dykes, reservoirs, pumping stations, administrative
buildings and a series of beautifully preserved windmills.