Kinderdijk Windmills in winter; across the River Lek
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South of Krimpenerwaard, the polder in which my village is located is a big river, the Lek, which actually is the name for this particular part of the River Rhine. It is the most intensively sailed water way in Europe, maybe even in the world. With very many ships transporting almost everything between the sea port of Rotterdam and the "hinterland" in Germany. The current is relatively strong, and these two factors make that the river will not freeze easily. From the village of Lekkerkerk there is a small ferry to Kinderdijk at the other side.
Kinderdijk is one of the top tourist attractions of the Netherlands. Along a number of canals, there are 19 windmills, that used to keep the polder dry by pumping the ground water to the higher situated waterways, from which the water was transported to the sea.
More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinderdijk
While in summer the place can be very crowded, and buses with group tours will be driving in and out, in winter it is a totally different story. It was quiet, of course there were people to shoot photo's, but only a few, and the place looked absolutely stunning. The large canal was frozen like all others, and some people were skating on it. Many other ventured on the ice on foot, including some German, Chinese and Japanese tourists who were savvy enough to take advantage of the rare chance to see the place like this.