A Windmill Near Amsterdam

One dream that remained unfulfilled during my tour of Amsterdam is seeing a working windmill. Netherland is synonymous to windmills too, among various other things like tulips, canals, etc. A few centuries back there were around 10,000 windmills in this country. They are the first to develop windmill technology. These windmills are revered so much in this country that they observe a National Windmill Day (11 May)!

Today there are just 1000 of them left. I had read that some of them are open to public; definitely a visit to one of them would have been educational and fun. Eight windmills stand tall in the heart of Amsterdam city, you can read about them here. I couldn’t sight any, but I was lucky to get a glimpse of one windmill as we were approaching Amsterdam. We didn’t halt; I managed to capture a shot of the windmill as we zipped past the place.

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25 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    I've always been fascinated by windmills! Great shot for the day, Indrani!! Hope you have a lovely weekend! Enjoy!


  2. ashok says:

    remember picture post cards of amsterdam always with a windmill as a kid…

  3. Wonderful windmills of Amsterdam !

  4. Carver says:

    I love windmills. Good capture.

  5. Reminded me of my hero Don Quichote. Please have a good Friday.

  6. the windmills are some of things i want to see and photograph in the netherlands. have a good weekend.

    My sky is here

  7. Joyful says:

    It's a lovely capture. I was fortunate to see a windmill and stop for photos ops on my very short tour. But it wasn't a working windmill and we didn't go inside.

  8. Leovi says:

    A photo with a nice composition and beautiful mill.

  9. ladyfi says:

    Such a lovely shot.

  10. Nice to see, a windill in Holland.

  11. How good to see you enjoyed your visit to Amsterdam. I don't think you will see any windmills there, you have to drive to the country to see them. It is a matter of luck to see a working mill.

  12. eileeninmd says:

    I have always loved windmills too, great shots. Thanks for sharing Amsterdam and the sky. Have a lovely weekend.

  13. Onkar says:

    The windmill looks so different

  14. Gary says:

    Looks like an old one!! Nice sighting. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  15. Too bad you just had to zip past the windmill. It would be fun to visit one.

  16. Sorry you couldn't go inside! When growing up I lived in a village with a working windmill that milled flour, and wish that I had at that time a camera! (I was between 6 an 10 y. old)
    Glad you could at least catch a glimpse of the outside!

  17. Hilary says:

    Lovely. So much prettier than the eyesores we have around here.

  18. chubskulit says:

    Gorgeous! Visiting late from Sky Watch Friday.

    Please come take a peek at my Sky Shots, have a great weekend!

  19. arabesque says:

    me too! would love to see one someday! so glad you caught it in the nick of time. ^-^

  20. Anya says:

    I was missing many posts 🙁

    So great to see pics from my country 🙂
    They are all FANTASTIC !!!

    greetings to the whole family 🙂

  21. Meoww says:

    Clean technology. National Windmill day? Thats too cool like your shot 🙂

  22. Good photograph for a zipped past take.

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