The Dutch have a huge reputation for engineering, especially with regard to keeping the water at bay. The danger the sea and excess land water poses is well documented and almost every Dutch schoolchild is acutely aware of it, lessons are taught at school, the Govt. posts adverts on the television about the need to be vigilant and what might happen if modern day dijks are breached.
The Dutch also have an advanced architectural outlook, well, in comparison to the the square concrete and glass things we end up with in England. The bank we use in Holland, ING, has it’s HQ in a boat on stilts or a training shoe on spikes, depending where you view it from. The RBS HQ by comparison is a square lump of metal, glass and concrete. However the differences end there as the people within are from the same thieving ilk. They want your money so they can lend it to people, charge them huge interest rates, invest it in overnight stock exchange fluctuations, make even more money, then charge you for the privilege of banking with them. It will come to England soon as sure as eggs are eggs. And we should resist it like we’ve resisted not having free plastic bags in supermarkets.
Here you see the Erasmus Brug which crosses the Nieuwe Maas at Kop van Zuid (top of the south) and takes you into the Cool District in Rotterdam Centrum. It’s just a bridge, seen firstly from the Euromast and then from the waterbus terminus.
The second two photographs could have been taken in 1895 or 2015. Contrary to the history books, life was in colour in 1895. Yes really, people weren’t black, white and grey. No, the grass was green, the water was blue when the sky was and some of the windmills had red, blue, white and even orange on them.
These majestic creaking giants are at Kinderdijk. Imagine turning the clock back 275 years when these beautiful things were built. If you visit after 5 pm, the shop closes, there are no car parking charges and most of all there are hardly any tourists. Under these conditions you can wander along the dijks in silence, punctuated only by the odd creaking of the mill or the swishing of the blades and experience life without engines, motors and Japanese tourists.
There are 19 windmills and you need to walk about 1 km to be able to see them all.