Friday, April 18, 2014

Windmill at Keukenhof

Was always fascinated by windmills right from the time I read about Don Quixote and de la Mancha in school.  So I decided that I had to see this one.


The Windmill in Keukenhof, (built in 1892) was originally a polder drainage mill. It was later shifted to this place and donated to Keukenhof  in 1957


You are allowed to climb to the top and the view from there is really great especially of the tulip gardens.



Its rows and rows of one colour


The inside is all solid wood and one can see the gears (wooden gears) engaging each other to transmit the power to the vertical shaft. It can be seen in motion in the video





I did look up for some more information on the net and found it very interesting to know how windmills helped in the good old days.


Anyone wanting more information about windmills and how it works, can get it here.


This tree with the white leaves caught my attention from the top.


The boat takes you around where you can have a closer look at the tulips in their farms.


The other side is streaming with tourists and all of them would like to have a picture clicked in the large clogs.


I wonder if this little guy is waiting for his turn to jump into the clog


Talking about the little guy, I saw many dog lovers who came with their pets.




National windmill day will be celebrated on May 10th and 11th  of 2014.

 By the way Keukenhof  covers 74 acres and is the largest garden in the world.
More on it in the next post, meanwhile here are few pics as preview:









28 comments:

Debbie said...

The tulips are just beautiful and I love those colorful clogs!! Happy spring!!

Gail Dixon said...

The rows of tulips are absolutely stunning and amazing! Spectacular set of images. :)

Arlee Bird said...

Fascinating windmill, but those flowers are real scene stealers.

Lee
A Faraway View
An A to Z Co-host blog

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hoi!!!.. Beutiful pics.. Holland is so nice. Thanks for comment.. :-)))

eileeninmd said...

Love the windmill and the beautiful rows of Tulps! Gorgeous flowers and colors. Happy Weekend!

Sandee said...

Wow, windmills of today look much different than this one. Way cool.

Loved all the flowers. Such wonderful colors.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

D.G. Hudson said...

Pleased to meet you! If you like windmills, have you seen the Moulin de la Galette in Paris or the old Moulin Rouge windmill there? It's great to explore these ingenious designs from the past. Much more interesting looking than the new modern style wind machines that one sees.

Rama Ananth said...

Windmills are ever so fascinating. I have seen some modern windmills while passing through Tirupur in south.
The pictures of the flowers are great. I love the floor pattern also very much.

Linda said...

What a fascinating and enjoyable post! I love windmills, and the clogs are gorgeous! Happy Easter to you.

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Hi Haddock...thanks for dropping by my blog. Love your pictures :)

Im A Chickadeegirl said...

What an enjoyable tour of Keukenhof. Thank you! Your photos and commentary are a delight! Also enjoyed the video.

Sean said...

great shots ... windmills are definitely photogenic! :)

orchid Miyako said...

Wow; I've never seen windmills!!! And what a fascinating scene with all the tulips blooming♡♡♡

Enjoyed your wonderful blog; and thank you very much for stopping by.
Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Rajesh said...

Beautiful flowery garden and interesting wind mill.

EG CameraGirl said...

Lucky you to have visited Keukenhof!

Janey and Co. said...

I was in that very windmill two years ago...and also in toes large clogs! We loved Keukenhoff and it is wonderful to see it this E aster morning on your blog!

Anita said...

Really cool description with such amazing pics! Nice details here :)
I remember having made a Windmill for my Science project :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Haddock, as a child I was fascinated with windmills. The pictures are amazing. The flowers took my breath away.

Morgan said...

I didn't know there was a national windmill day! Fascinating post---loved the pictures. Thanks so much for this post, Haddock. :)

Heather Hawley said...

Thank you so much for sharing your pictures of the beautiful gardens....seeing those tulips and daffodils has given me hope that Spring flowers will bloom here soon ( not much is growing with our cold spring this year) I love Canada but really sometimes winter is just too much!

Nicki Elson said...

Those tulip fields are amazing! The town next door has a windmill imported from Holland, and apparently my town has some kind of history with windmills---I wonder if they'll do something here for National Wind Mill Day. I'll check it out!

lina@a happy family said...

Awesome windmill and tulips!
Thanks for dropping by :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

What beautiful pictures! I love spring flowers. And this year, after the long winter- they were the most welcome sight.

Priti Dhande said...

Highly fascinating!!!
Very beautiful pics of those flowers sent me amongst them in my day dreams.

Anita said...

All these pictures have inspired me to visit my local botanical gardens soon!

Christine said...

this place is on my bucket list, how wonderful you did it in springtime.

Anita Johnson said...

This is beautiful, I would love to see this too!

Indrani said...

I could take pics of the windmills from a distance. Never entered one. Thanks for showing these.