We left Amsterdam about midnight last night and traveled through the night to Kinderdyke. I took a few pictures as we moved out of the city (yes, I was awake..no clue why). This morning we left the ship to check out these famous windmills that pumped water for centuries so that the people here could continue to live here.
It was POURING rain. It was cold and raw. At times the rain was coming sideways. It was an adventure. WE went into a windmill that had been home for a family with thirteen kids. Not an easy life. Thirteen kids in a very small space and on days like this they must have driven each other and their parents crazy. The poor mom…one day the littlest one went running outside and when she reached to grab her before she fell into the canal, she was hit by the turning windmill and killed. As I said..not an easy life.
We heard a lot about how the windmills work. I won’t say I LEARNED a lot. I did try to make sense of it all but my brain has been on vacation. Sufficient to say, it was pretty impressive and it did work for centuries…now they gas and electric pumpers.
As soon as we got back to the ship, I peeled off wet shoes and socks and got a hot cup of cappucino. This was a travel day and shortly after we were all back on board, we set off for Cologne. Great day, gray day. Safety drill…how DO you put on those life preservers? I did not put it on backwards (I remember doing that once). Then there was a presentation on extras –optional tours (we decided to do a WW II tour of Nuremburg and the Mozart concert in Vienna. No extra palaces or climbs on church towers or pub crawls.) These are a small addition to the already busy schedule.
And I took a nap. Jerry stayed up and read but I havent really slept since I left Venice. I did sleep this afternoon and now I feel really human again. And tomorrow our tour doesn’t start until 10:30. We won’t even have to set the alarm.
The food is decadent. I guess it’s this way on every cruise. Wine with lunch and dinner, everything from soup to nuts…I’m going to weigh two hundred pounds when I leave unless I learn some portion control. That’s been my plan…try everything but just a little….but when it’s good and I don’t pay attention, I look down and everything on the plate is gone. WE could easily skip lunch but I doubt we will.
Note to anyone doing the cruise. Bring some sweaters and long pants even if you think you won’t need them. I have one white, lightweight jersey jacket that I’ve worn constantly since we came on baord. A long sleeve shirt or sweater would have been fine if I had brought some but I didn’t. I was smart enought to bring two pairs of sneakers…good thing since I doubt the first pair will be dry by tomorrow when we head out again.
Forecast for tomorrow…sunny and 68 degrees. It will be marvelous to see the sun.