The Making of A Polder

Have you ever wondered how polders are born? For those of you who might not know, a polder is drying the hell out of a water area (such as a lake or portion of the sea). The Netherlands boost some 3000 polders.

the making of a polder

In the picture above you can see the basic of polder creation: a ship fully loaded with dirt positions itself and starts dumping it into the water. Easy-peasy. The process is repeated until you create an artificial lake, to be later drained.

The polder is at the 10th km of this little bike ride to the East of Amsterdam. To follow the ride, pass the mouse oved the box with the “altitude” below!

Bike route 1469106 – powered by Bikemap 

After the polder I passed by Muiden, which is always a nostalgic view to me as it was the destination of my first (race) bike ride ever! I then followed the river Vecht, along which I found this lovely old guy selling used books for 50 cents each. He told me he’d been living there on his boat for 35 years.

the making of a polder books for sale

The destination of my ride was Weesp, a rather regular town in the outskirt. Its defining building is a circular fort that was build to guard the traffic on the river. Funny detail, it was completed in 1861, the year when Italy became one single nation! Believe it or not, this fort is nowadays used as a private office space for rent. Something even more bitter than the usual restaurant.

the making of a polder weesp fort

Weesp also has a cute bridge over the river. I can’t really say why, but I found something hypnotic in it.

the making of a polder weesp bridge

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