Did you ever come upon something so remarkable and unexpected that it actually took your breath away?
I’m not often rendered speechless, but that’s exactly what happened to me on our trip to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring windmills from the 1740s.
After a successful, sunny day of eating, walking, shopping and general happiness in Rotterdam, PJ took me to one final place that I haven’t scratched off of my personal map. Being a bit of a windmill buff himself (I say buff, I mean expert), he was quite proud to show off his knowledge of the area’s existence.
Arriving precisely at golden hour made the experience even more magical, and gave us the opportunity to amble down the middle walkway and along the water at our own leisure, with 19 windmills at the edge of either side of the water. We had the added luxury of arriving late enough to skip an entry fee and the mass of tourists that make their way through the mills in the middle of the day.
With the blooming wildflowers and the sun hitting the mills and the water just right, it was a magical sight that I didn’t realize I’d been waiting to see for my entire time in this region of Europe.
I can highly recommend taking the time to drive/ride/cycle/walk out to seeing this extra-Dutch area if you’re around. It’s a stereotypical idea of what the Netherlands looks like, but it’s a real view of the countryside that you’ll never forget.
Here’s hoping for more beautiful adventures this spring!