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Liduina Basilique

Schiedam is a large city on the outskirts of Rotterdam in Zuid-Holland, it borders the river Nieuwe Mass to the South and Vlaardingen to the West.  It is most well known for it's production of Jenever gin and is the home to the six tallest, most historical windmills in the world! So that was my mission for today to discover these windmills or molens as they are called in Dutch. Five of which were located on the same stretch of water in a row along the Noordvestsingel & Westvest so easy peasy to find from the Schiedam Centrum station. First things first though, a nice leisurely walk through the city centre to get some photo's of the 225 monuments here, hmm think I might need a little help finding them all. The spire of the Grote Kerk is the first thing you notice upon leaving the train station so I hotfoot it there, need to have photo's of the churches in every blog of mine.

Monument outside the Liduina Basilique
I'm not at all a conventional, religious person but I just love the architecture. I arrive at the first church to discover it's actually the Liduina Basilique built between 1878 and 1881. Details of which and further photo's to be found at www.liduinabasiliek.nl The Grote Kerk in the distance is actually the St Janskerk and even more impressive, built around 1335 with absolutely beautiful gardens open to the public where I sat and enjoyed a spot of lunch. The church is only open to the public on Saturdays unfortunately for me.

After a long, tranquil picnic lunch it was time for a wander along the Lange Haven, gazing enviously at the boats and lovely houses along the canal, before trekking along the Noordvestsingel to take snaps of the windmills. First to the North of the city is the Windmill De Palmboom (The Palm Tree) (1781) which is now home to a museum showing the complete history of the use of windmills in the city with demonstrations by an actual miller.

St Janskerk (grote kerk)
This is also the starting point for the silent boat tour of Schiedam. (Silent as in the fact that the boat is exceptionally quiet, you do get a tour guide to explain the sights as you go!)

The next is the Windmill De Noord (The North) (1803) and this is the highest of the windmills and actually the tallest in the world standing at 33.3 metres and now houses a lovely little restaurant within. Well worth a visit though I didn't sample any of their food, it's great just for the novelty factor.

The third windmill is De Vrijheid (The Freedom) (1785) and is fully equiped, not open to the public and only turns its sails at the weekend.

Windmill de Palmboom
Has a statue of the Greek Goddess Athena attached, not sure what the significance is, will have to look it up on the net.

The first three were located very close to one another, wandering along the canal, noseying in people's apartments I began to wonder if I was walking the wrong way before I noticed the sails in the distance: The windmill De Drie Koornbloemen (The Three Cornflowers) (1770) is the oldest standing molen in the city and the only one with a millers cottage attached which looked absolutely delightful, I could quite easily live here.

Windmill De Walvisch (The Whale) (1794) still grinds grain regularly and houses a shop selling many bakery items.

Beautiful gardens of St Janskerk
It was a delight to enter this shop, not because of the goods on sale but for the wonderful cool temperature. Nice respite from the unbearable, baking hot sunshine today. I then enjoyed a nice chitchat with the store owner who agreed it was heaven sent on a day like today but bitterly cold to work in during the winter.

I then wandered back up the Lange Haven to try and spot some more monuments and managed to get snaps of the Appelmarkt bridge (one of three cast iron bridges in the city), De Havenkerk, Jenever museum (wonderful, strong, over-powering aroma-I had no intention of paying for the tour but loitered around the entrance lobby, enjoying the smell of Gin!), the National Cooperative museum and last but not least The chocolate makers De Bonte Koe Chocoladekunst - the most wonderful chocolate experience ever! Award winning review below!

My most favourite part of Schiedam has to be the Princess Beatrix Park, the largest recreation park, located to the Northwest near Schiedam Nieuweland train station. It includes a large animal park (free entry), pancakehouse, childrens play area, nature walks, large area's of water and wide open spaces to lose yourself in. A perfect way to end the hectic day trekking around Schiedam.

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Liduina Basilique
Liduina Basilique
Monument outside the Liduina Basil…
Monument outside the Liduina Basi…
St Janskerk (grote kerk)
St Janskerk (grote kerk)
Windmill de Palmboom
Windmill de Palmboom
Beautiful gardens of St Janskerk
Beautiful gardens of St Janskerk
Lovely pagoda in the church garden…
Lovely pagoda in the church garde…
St Janskerk gardens
St Janskerk gardens
Close up of St Janskerk spire
Close up of St Janskerk spire
Houses along the Lange Haven
Houses along the Lange Haven
Houses along the Lange Haven
Houses along the Lange Haven
Schiedam Town Hall and market squa…
Schiedam Town Hall and market squ…
De Havenkerk
De Havenkerk
One of the 225 monuments but no pl…
One of the 225 monuments but no p…
Windmill de Noord
Windmill de Noord
Windmill de Noord
Windmill de Noord
Canal tour trip
Canal tour trip
Windmill de Vrijheid
Windmill de Vrijheid
Windmill de Vrijheid statue
Windmill de Vrijheid statue
Windmill de Drie Koornbloemen
Windmill de Drie Koornbloemen
De Drie Koornbloemen with millers …
De Drie Koornbloemen with millers…
Obligatory duck photo - theres on…
Obligatory duck photo - there's o…
Entrance to De Walvisch windmill s…
Entrance to De Walvisch windmill …
Store within De Walvisch windmill
Store within De Walvisch windmill
Apelmarkt brug (bridge)
Apelmarkt brug (bridge)
Hows this for a weird looking hous…
Hows this for a weird looking hou…
Strange headless figure in the par…
Strange headless figure in the pa…
Another seemingly pointless statue…
Another seemingly pointless statu…
War memorial
War memorial
One of the three cast iron drawbri…
One of the three cast iron drawbr…
Store within De Walvisch windmill
Store within De Walvisch windmill
De Walvisch and De Drie Koornbloem…
De Walvisch and De Drie Koornbloe…
De Havenkerk
De Havenkerk
The illusive 6th windmill! This wa…
The illusive 6th windmill! This w…
Chocolate makers De Bonte Koe Choc…
Chocolate makers De Bonte Koe Cho…
Chocolate makers De Bonte Koe Choc…
Chocolate makers De Bonte Koe Cho…
White chocolate Delfts Blauwe tile…
White chocolate Delfts Blauwe til…
The coffee and tearooms of De Bont…
The coffee and tearooms of De Bon…
Jenever Museum
Jenever Museum
Nice looking Mediterranean Restaur…
Nice looking Mediterranean Restau…
Simplified map of Schiedam city ce…
Simplified map of Schiedam city c…
Princess Beatrix Park
Princess Beatrix Park
Allotments and summer houses borde…
Allotments and summer houses bord…
Princess Beatrix Park
Princess Beatrix Park
Princess Beatrix Park
Princess Beatrix Park
Princess Beatrix Park
Princess Beatrix Park
Pancakehouse
Pancakehouse
Awww I wanted to smuggle it into m…
Awww I wanted to smuggle it into …
Awww I want them all
Awww I want them all
Should I run?
Should I run?
I wanted to join them, wallow in t…
I wanted to join them, wallow in …
Nice hair-do
Nice hair-do
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