27 July 2009

ThE LanD of WinDmiLLs



The Netherlands is known of its windmills and that's why it is associated with the name,THE LAND OF WINDMILLS
The windmills were developed for:
generating electricity
grinding of grain
milling corn
land drainage
saw milling
I don't know if many of you know that the Netherlands is below sea level.
The drainage mills keep the land behind the dikes free of surplus water thereby creating "polders" (reclaimed land). These mills are still working in some of the older polders. They are driven by catching the wind in their sails which in turn begins the millstones.There are approximately 975 windmills left and can be found dispersed throughout 12 provinces, with the majority residing in South Holland.
The history of the windmills is preserved in six special windmill museums located throughout the Netherlands.
De Valk Windmill Museum in Leiden,
Dutch Open Air Museum in Arnhem
Nieuw-Vossemeer in the province Noord Brabant,
Vijfhuizen near Heemstede,
Koogaan de Zaan,

2 smart remarks:

Cath J Saturday, August 01, 2009  

Mmmmm... nice to know...

Wish to travel to Netherlands 1 day..

S-H-Y Sunday, August 02, 2009  

Hhmmm very nice view, love it..

About this Blog

I make this blog for foreigners who will live in this country, THE NETHERLANDS. Foreigners who are engaged or married they have to learn a lot of things about their new home like the culture, architectures, landscape, government, dikes etc. Especially the Dutch language which is very important in their social life. It is very difficult if they cannot communicate with other people. Most people speak Dutch, only few speaks English.
For visitors and readers, this will give you an idea what this country is. This small country ranks no. 5 in the economic stability in EUROPE. Their architectures like palaces, castles, dikes, ports (air and sea) are amazing.
Their culture is very interesting.

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