De Zwann is the only authentic, working windmill in the United States. How amazing is that? It is five stories tall and was first erected in Krommenie, Netherlands in 1761. It made its way to Michigan by way of the Muskegon harbor in 1964. One interesting thing I learned is that the position of the blades are used for communication. The way they were positioned when we visited was to indicate that the mill was in a state of repair.
The lone tulips:
We also saw this amazing street organ and beautifully painted carousel...oh my gosh...so wonderful.
On the way back to Chicago we made a brief stop in Beverly to see Chicago's only castle! It is now a Unitarian church, it was built by Chicago's early Irish settlers in 1886. (Yes, in America that's old for us...) Anyway, it was a way to start getting pumped about our trip to Ireland...there's a bunch of posts and a lot of photos to follow!