Just your average Dutch city skyline …
It’s Nationale Molendag (national windmill day) here in the NL, and the Molen de Ster (Star Windmill) here in Utrecht is participating. Basically, there are tours and music and various activities, all for free. This particular windmill is usually open to the public in one form or another, since there’s a small petting zoo next to it.
The event is mainly for kids, and as the weather keeps changing from sun to clouds to sun to clouds, I didn’t feel like chancing a visit. Really, this post is little more than a chance to post some photos I took of the windmill in January. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!
I’ve written before about windmills here in Utrecht, but never about the Molen De Ster (the Star Windmill). Before we moved here, I started following the Utrecht Flickr group and saw the Molen De Ster for the first time in some of the photos. It looked so picturesque and so very Dutch! I looked forward to seeing it in person.
Once I moved here, I didn’t forget the windmill, but I didn’t know where it was located. I never came across it in my wanderings of the city and was starting to think it was further outside the city center. (To be honest, I also didn’t bother to research its location, since I had other locations to explore.) It became one of those things that I thought about in passing, but since we have a windmill right here in easy walking distance, it somehow didn’t seem quite so urgent.
Then, on Saturday, as we were heading out to see the fierljeppen competition, I had one of those lucky moments of serendipity! There, on the very same road we were walking down to get to the competition, was De Molen De Ster! It was even more attractive and idyllic than I had realized. It was also much closer to town than I had ever realized, but it’s also on a side of town I’ve yet to really explore. I’m such an East person. The whole street is really quite interesting and attractive, so I’m determined to go over there again soon. Seeing this reminded me of how much more I’ve got to explore here in my own city!