In Search of a Simpler Life?

giethoorn-netherlands-map

If you long for the  life of the past, slower and historic then   visit or  move to Giethoorn, a Dutch village north of Amsterdam  but close. Cars are parked on the outside of the village because there are no roads in the town.  No, not one!   There are only canals, 4 miles of them, and paths across the wooden bridges. The farmhouses  were built in the 18 C and still have the typical thatched roofs. It was founded in 1230 by fugitives from the Mediterranean,

Tourists  take canal tours and enjoy cycling and sailing just as the residents do.  Check out the video to see for yourself why Giethoorn is known as the Green Venice or the  Venice of Netherlands!

Text from the BBC, images from Google Public Domain

Have any of you gone to a canal city?  What do you think? 

Thanks Katie for the post!

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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10 Responses to In Search of a Simpler Life?

  1. mik1999 says:

    We just returned from Amsterdam and my wife stayed on in Groningen for a few days more. Wonderful country — laid back, healthy lifestyle, beautiful architecture, friendly people. We love the Netherlands and are already planing another, much longer, visit.

  2. Love this! Green Venice is a wonderful respite in a hurried world. Thanks for alerting me to this place.

  3. Wonderful! I used to lived in Holland and it was a lovely place to be xx

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