The cattle in the farms are protected not with fences but with smaller canals.These water bodies are connected to rivers and water is constantly pumped using windmills to the sea. Windmills are also used to keep the area dry, produce electricity, wood sawing, for processing grains etc.
The Netherlands has more than 4,000 km of navigable rivers, lakes and canals.Miss smiley and I took a small nap on our way to The Hague, former capital of the Netherlands.
One of the beautiful roads of HagueWe went around Hague without alighting, but the bus slowed down or sometimes stopped near the attractions so we could take picture of it. The guide gave us plenty of information all through the way.
The Binnenhof, the Dutch parliament, since 14the century!
Noordeinde PalaceNoordeinde Palace, Its one of the four official palaces of the Dutch royal family, built in 15th century.
The Peace PalaceThe first peace conference between nations held during 1889, and the palace was filled with many gifts from different nations as sign of their support.
Flowers in front of Peace Palace, imagine how Holland would look during spring.This palace is also called the “seat of international law” because it houses the International Court of Justice (judicial body of the UN). Many international conferences and meetings are held here even today.
We alighted at the miniature city of Madurodam. It's a model Dutch city in 1:25 scale.
Madurodam Miniature town.Hans Brinker is a fictional novel (a story about life in Holland by “Mary Mapes Dodge”) that tells a story of the little Dutch boy who saves his country by putting his finger in a leaking dike. The boy stays there all night, in spite of the cold, until the adults of the village find him and make the necessary repairs. (namma eri kaatha samy maari ellai?)
The Miniature town is full of life!Every detail is perfect replica of original buildings and sights, the windmills rotate, ships sails, and trains run in the largest miniature railway. There was even a burning ship which was attended by rescuing ship.
More to come…