the beauty of a real winter
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Once I had found a way to drive my car up the dike, I noticed that there was a lot of ice in the river Hollandsche IJssel, along which my village is situated. I was quite surprised because the river flows fairly fast and it had only been really cold for a few days now.
A bit further after having driven on the dike, which was very slippery, I headed to the south, into the polder. The more I drove down, the more stunning the trees were. It looked like white sugar crystals had formed on each twig and leaf, like the whole trees were spinned out of cotton candy sometimes.
A bit further down the road, close to a place called Lekkerkerk, I saw some movement along a side road. There seemed to be a couple of ducks and swans, and a lot of coots (black birds somewhat similar to, but a bit smaller than ducks).
I parked the car, and it was what I thought. It was a fairytale type of place, with willows and popplars all sugar coated, and the sun made it look like there were diamonds in the trees.
I made a lot of pictures there, which are added to this blog.
Then I continued to another river, called Lek, which however is one of the last parts of the river Rhine, before it flows into the North Sea after it passes Rotterdam and Hoek van Holland, some 50 kilometers downstream from here. To my surprise there was no ice in the Lek at all. It was clear though that the current was strong, and that there was still a lot of shipping going on, so maybe that helped keeping it open.
I took the small car ferry to the other side, and ended up in a village that hosts one of the best known tourist attractions of the Netherlands, the 19 windmills of Kinderdijk. Although I would not go there in the tourist season, the choice top go there now was a good one. There were not too many people, it was cold but bearable thanks to the sun, and the canal, the windmills, the frozen water, the few skaters there, it all made a very picturesque scene. Once again plenty of pictures added, so you are kindly invited to get the atmosphere.
I had planned to eat pea soup today, but had to go pretty soon because of some family obligations, so I still owe you that. I will combine it with some other food info about traditional winter dishes in the Netherlands.