Two of the villages in the Krimpenerwaard ( the name of the polder) are called Krimpen. The larger of the two is called Krimpen a/d IJssel, it lies on the river IJssel. The smaller one is called Krimpen a/d Lek, because it is situated on the river Lek, which you have to cross to come in Kinderdijk, where the windmills are.The church has a steeple with a wind vane representing a whale, because the church is built near the place where the whalers started their voyage to the north of Europe, centuries ago.
Wikipedia says:"" Krimpen aan de Lek is a town on the Lek River in the municipality Nederlek, province South Holland, the Netherlands. It had 6607 inhabitants in 2008.
The name Krimpen comes from the archaic word "Krempener", meaning "river crossing". Therefore Krimpen aan de Lek means "Crossing on the Lek".
Krimpen aan de Lek is a quiet and scenic village with 3 elementary schools and two Protestant churches. The village is small but as any other village it has a shopping centre with a supermarket, a greengrocer, a butcher, two baker's shops, three hairdresser's, a beauty parlour, a florist, a shoeshop, a clothes shop( very fashionable), a florist, a photoshop with an adjoining postoffice, an optician, a toyshop with an office stationer's, two bicycle repairers, a pet shop and a drugstore. There are several pubs and three restaurants. We have a sportcentre, which is used for all kind of events. On Fridays there is a market.
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