When in Rome, do as the Romans do - when in the Netherlands... cycle like the Dutch. This is what I thought when my friend suggested we should go to see the windmills by bike. If I had listened to my Belgian friends, whose maxim is "never cycle with a Dutchman unless you have suicidal tendencies", I would have thought twice about it; but somehow I decided to ignore their advice and enthusiastically accepted the offer.
So eventually the big day came, my friend borrowed a bike for me, and off we went: Rotterdam to Kinderdijk, about 15 km there, and another 15 back. After all it did not sound like such a great distance, and Holland's flat anyway, so I thought I could easily manage that. Hell, the distance did not prove to be too much, to be fair, and Holland turned out to be as flat as one knows but... small detail I forgot, it's a sore business for your bum.
Well, anyway, though making a big drama out of the ride, I really had a great time. The Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout, which in 1997 was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, proved as nice as my friend had suggested. It's an area with 19 windmills on a canal, one of which can be visited inside. There's also a multi-lingual audio which explain how windmills were used for draining purposes in the polders. The best thing, though, is to bike around the windmills and see the various types of windmill architecture... yes, there is one!