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Holland, Michigan
August 2012
Continuing our theme of foreign themed cities, we stopped for a few days in Holland, Michigan. We visited Delft china and wooden shoe factories. (I resisted the urge to buy a pair of wooden shoes.) We also spent some time at Windmill Island Gardens and climbed the De Zwaan, the last Dutch windmill to be removed from The Netherlands. Before heading out we also visited Holland's beautful beach on the shore of Lake Michigan and saw the Holland Harbor Lighthouse, aka Big Red.

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4-001 Restaurants 4-002 Wooden Shoe Shop Sign 4-004 Duck
Restaurants at Nelis Dutch Village
Wooden Shoe Shop at Nelis Dutch Village
Just a regular duck. Not Dutch.
4-006 Tulip Bulb Sign 4-007 Dutch Village 4-008 Delft
I definitely will be ordering some bulbs
Nelis Dutch Village
Holland, Michigan is the only place outside The Netherlands that can produce real Delft china
4-009 Delft 4-010 Wooden Shoes 4-011 Wooden Shoes
Holland, Michigan is the only place outside The Netherlands that can produce real Delft china
Wooden shoes for sale
Wooden shoes in every size and style
4-012 Holland Sign 4-015 Windmill Island Gardens 4-016 Elephant Ears
Welkom to Holland
Windmill Island Gardens
These elephant ear leaves could double as blankets
4-021 De Zwaan Windmill Flour 4-023 Wodden Show 4-024 De Zwaan Windmill Flour
Flour is still milled at De Zwaan Windmill
This wooden shoe is used to pass orders up to the miller
Flour is still milled at De Zwaan Windmill
4-026 De Zwaan Windmill 4-027 View from De Zwaan Windmill 4-029 Millstones
De Zwaan was the last Dutch windmill to ever be moved from The Netherlands
View from De Zwaan
De Zwaan's millstones are still used to mill flour
4-030 Windmill Gears 4-031 De Zwaan Windmill 4-032 Dutch Dancers
De Zwaan's massive wooden machinery
De Zwaan was the last Dutch windmill to ever be moved from The Netherlands
Dutch dancing outside De Zwaan
4-033 Dutch Dancers 4-036 Dutch Dancers 4-037 Dutch Dancers
Dutch dancing outside De Zwaan
They say wooden shoes are very comfortable
Dutch dancing outside De Zwaan
4-038 De Zwaan Windmill 4-039 De Zwaan Windmill 4-040 Bridge
De Zwaan was the last Dutch windmill to ever be moved from The Netherlands
De Zwaan was the last Dutch windmill to ever be moved from The Netherlands
Dutch bridge at Windmill Island Gardens
4-041 Gazebo and Flags 4-042 Amsterdam Street Organ 4-043 Amsterdam Street Organ Demonstration
Gazebo at Windmill Island Gardens
Amsterdam street organ
Amsterdam street organ demonstration
4-044 Amsterdam Street Organ Demonstration 4-045 Sluice 4-047 Bridge and De Zwaan Windmill
The Amsterdam street organ plays books like this one
Sluice at Windmill Island Gardens
Bridge and De Zwaan Windmill
4-048 Windmill Island Gardens Buildings 4-050 Dutch Mailbox 4-051 Carousel
Buildings at Windmill Island Gardens are built in Dutch style
Authentic Dutch mailbox at Windmill Island Gardens
Authentic Dutch carousel at Windmill Island Gardens
4-056 Veldheer's Sign 4-057 Delft Factory 4-058 Wooden Shoe Factory Sign
Veldheer's is home to everything Dutch
Genuine Delft china is produced here
DeKlomp is one of only a few wooden shoe factories in the US
4-059 Wooden Shoe Factory 4-060 Wooden Shoe Factory 4-061 Delft
Making wooden shoes at DeKlomp wooden shoe factory
DeKlomp is one of only a few wooden shoe factories in the US
Holland, Michigan is the only place outside The Netherlands that can produce real Delft china
4-062 Wooden Shoes 4-063 Beach & Lake Michigan 4-064 Holland Harbor Lighthouse
Freshly made wooden shoes
Holland's beach on Lake Michigan
Holland Harbor Lighthouse (aka Big Red) was repainted just 3 days before our visit
4-066 Holland Harbor Lighthouse 4-067 Waves on Rocks 4-068 Breakwater
Holland Harbor Lighthouse (aka Big Red) was repainted just 3 days before our visit
Lake Michigan batters the breakwater
Breakwater at the channel entrance
4-070 Breakwater 4-072 Sailboat
Breakwater at the channel entrance
Lake Michigan is bustling with activity

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