Tuesday 18 April 2017
The sixth day on board the Viking Idi - Kinderdijk
This old nuclear power plant has been transformed into a childrens
theme park -
the Wunderland theme
park at Kalkar
on the Dutch-German border.
Massive barge traffic..........
.... with a wheelhouse that can be lowered for low bridges.
Approaching the bridge at Nijmegen
Nijmegen city - on the river Waal.
Moorings in the city.
How the other half live - the luxury yacht 'Amara' at the Oceanco
Others have to make do with more modest forms of transport.
I thought this was a large ship at first - but it is a warehouse
built in the shape of a liner - the M.S. Ridderhaven at Ridderkerk
Boaty MacBoatface? - actually the Trailing Suction Hopper
House at the confluence of the New Maas
and Lek rivers.
Turning from the New Maas into the River Lek - note the MS
Ridderhaven in the background.
A closer view of the sign.
The Viking Baldur was occupying our berth - waiting for late
The Baldur and Idi reflective.
We had to back off - to let the Baldur leave - having finally
found its missing passengers.
The Viking Baldur moving off - leaving the mooring free for the
The Baldur had to make a 180deg turn.....
.... as she was travelling south - Amsterdam to Basle.
Finally - we could go ashore on our visit to the windmills of Kinderdijk
The massive Archimedes water screws in the modern pumphouse.
Making sure the river doesn't clog up???
Somewhere to park your bike.
Windmills to the left......
.... windmills to the right. Note the massive rain clouds - we
endured a soaking later.
Dark and moody.
Sheltering from the downpour inside the windmill museum.
Views inside the museum......
Compact and Bijou.
At least it was dry.
The downpour has passed.
One of the inhabited windmills.
The storm provided some great lighting for photography.