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First visit to Kinderdijk

Exploring close to home

large_1297706_14982176427132.jpgIt's in the detail
This will probably become a Blog that goes on for years and years, Kinderdijk [Kinderdijk-travel-guide-1127549] is 1,5h drive from where I live but I love the place, it's really photogenic and since I also love taking picktures I will be back to make more in differens seasons and different light ...

This is the first time I visited Kinderdijk, why, I really don't know. The subject came up on a family gathering somehow and both me and my mom said 'I want to visit' so we immediately set a date.

We mananged to pick the nearly hottest day of juni and forgot the suncream so we'll remember this trip by pain as well. My dad and I brought our cameras and my mom just enjoyed the walk and the visits.large_1297706_14982176449920.jpg You can visit two of the windmills, Museummill no.2 and Museummill Blokweer, we visited them, both since they are different style windmills. My mom used to live near a windmill used as a saw mill and the village where they live right now has a grain mill. Where I live myself there is also a grain mill, but they are all very different from the one at Kinderdijk.

The mills at Kinderdijk are used for water management; to drain the polder to be exact, the mills pump water to keep the land from flooding. At most other polders modern technologie has replaced the mills but the ones at Kinderdijk were saved from demolition by late queen Wilhelmina

We had a nice dinner really close to the mills at Grand Cafe Buena Vista, and the actual plan was to go back after dinner for the sunset at the mills. But after dinner there was not a cloud in the sky left and the weatherforecast was only more dry and warm so no red skies tonight, I'll have to come back another time, and I will!

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Posted by Stefmuts 23:01 Archived in Netherlands Tagged landscapes windmill the_netherlands Comments (1)

D27 Borger

Megalithic Netherlands

large_1297706_14157846513176.jpgAfter visiting various megalithic monuments in different countries I decided it was time to visit some near home. Technically it meant I had to go to another country as I live in Belgium now, but as a Dutch girl I was a bit ashamed to say I did visit Newgrange and some Dolmen in Ireland but never been to Drenthe to visit one of the 52 Hunebeds there. So I picked a date, printed a map with the Hunnebeds in the Netherlands (there are 54 all together) and went for a drive.

I will start to telling a bit about them: Hunebeds (Hunebedden in Dutch) are megalithic monuments made of several big stones stacked together, in most other countries they are known as dolmen. Scientists think they are grave sites but there are some who think otherwise since there are so little human remains found at the sites.large_1297706_14157846552912.jpgI'm clearly not aloneIt’s usually a number of big rocks put upright with one or more rocks on top. Since there are no mountains in the area it has long been a mystery where the rocks came from, now it’s known they were moved from Norway and Sweden by shifting ice during the last ice-age. The local prehistoric people collected them to build the Hunebeds. It’s estimated they were built between 3400 and 3200 bC. In the middle ages they were of no significance, they were simply called ‘stack of rock’ and many Hunebeds were destroyed by people using the rocks for their own buildings. Protection of the monuments dates surprisingly from 1734, and around 1870 government and province councils bought all the remaining Hunebeds except for one which still remains in private possession.

I picked the one I wanted to see, the biggest at Borger no D27.large_1297706_14157846594998.jpg Though the Netherlands is not that big and I’m living only just across the border in Belgium it’s still a long drive, but taking the tourist route and stopping for coffee it’s not all that bad.

At the Borger site there also is a visitors center with lots of information about Hunebeds and the area of Borger. And it has a example home of theprehistoric people which built the Hunebeds

Sadly the Hunebeds are not immune to vandalism, this one has some graffiti on it and looks like it has been used by local youth as a meeting point before going out (empty beer cans and cigarette buts )

I drove past some other sights but the one in Borger was the only one I really visited, in general it is only a pile of rocks, but I'm glad i went to see them

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Posted by Stefmuts 03:41 Archived in Netherlands Tagged dolmen the_netherlands borger megalithic hunebed Comments (0)

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