There was a lot of noise in the town last night with traffic flowing through once the barriers had been removed, large trucks and cranes deconstructing and removing staging etc. and partygoers talking, laughing and singing their way home. Despite the noise we were able to get a good night's sleep and at breakfast chatted to fellow guests, a young couple from Utrecht who had travelled to Dordrecht by boat which had no sleeping quarters, hence their stay in the B&B. We were in no hurry to leave and after breakfast, sat outside in the shady garden where we had a very pleasant conversation with Mira, the lovely Welsh lady who looked after us in the absence of the owner, her neighbour who is currently in France. Mira and her Dutch husband live a couple of doors down from the B&B.
Our departure from Dordrecht was by water bus at €2 each and we were the only passengers on that trip. Once across the water we followed the cycle by numbers route, through suburban streets and industrial areas to Ridderkerk where another water bus took us Alblasserdam for the short ride to our hotel at Kinderdijk.
Kinderdijk is a village in the the Netherlands' South Holland province, known for its iconic 18th-century windmills, which form part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its water-management network features 19 mills and 3 pumping stations, plus dikes and reservoirs that control flooding in the polder (low-lying land). Waterways, footpaths and bike trails crisscross the area, leading to the main visitors center and museums in preserved working windmills.
We have a wonderful view of the windmills from our hotel window
but waited until the evening cooled a little to ride there, taking many, many photos.....how many photos of windmills does one need?