Giethoorn is called the Venice of the Netherlands for about 7.5 km of canals run through the little village. Some 50 little wooden bridges span the canals. It was founded around 1230 when fugitives coming from the Mediterranian regions settled there. They found a lot of horns of wild goats there that had probably died in the big flood of St Elisabeth in 1170, and therefore they called the settlement Geytenhorn (horn of goats), later it became Geythorn and now it's called Giethoorn. All traffic has to go over the water, and it is done in so-called "punters", they are 'whisper-boats' for they are driven by an electric motor, so they practically do not disturb the peace and quiet in this scenic little village. The canal is only about 1 meter deep and were digged out to transport the peat, the digging of this peat resulted in many ponts and undeep lakes, called 'Wieden'. Many houses have been built on islands and are only reachable over wooden bridges. Most houses have thatched roofs, the marshy areas provide a lot of reed. In former days only rich people had tiled roofs, for tiles were much more expensive than reed, now it's the other way round: having a thatched roof costs a lot more money than have it covered with tiles. This is a very picturesque place to visit. (note by Ludo Wuytack)
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ikeharel (67227) 2010-03-18 12:29
A superb shot on the unique village scene, and an interesting note.
Jeppo (17645) 2010-03-18 12:52
I visited Holland some 20 years ago...and my memories are quite washed.....
thanks for refreshing them...and inviting me to come back there to catch some new pics...
martou (1660) 2010-03-18 13:00
i like the point of view of this scenery there, well framed and like the architecture, great shot
gilou530 (34) 2010-03-18 14:26
magnifique paysage avec une lumiére qui donne ces beaux reflets, beau travail
shevchenko (19444) 2010-03-18 23:46
Good frame to the quite village by the river,
nice reflection, distinct photo, well donbe.
BennyV (15903) 2010-03-19 7:54
Elk land heeft zo zijn eigen Venetië, maar van de Hollandse versie had ik nog niet gehoord. Erg mooi fotowerkje met een perfecte formaatkeuze. De kleuren op het huis rechts (gevel) en in het water zelf zijn prachtig.
Geniet van de lente!
ciakgiak (30427) 2010-03-20 9:01
What a splendid scenery, the composition is really excellent, the landscape is very beautiful, this place is another great version of Venice, so romantic.
The colors are natural and the quality is perfect. Congratulations.
zoomer (6) 2010-03-20 12:24
Simply beautiful,this looks so peaceful it has a therapeutic effect.Fine composition and colors.Greetings Wolf.
gneufeld (15890) 2010-03-21 13:08
Beautiful colors and strong leading lines that take us into the heart of this fine image. Crisp sharpness and clarity is striking. Very well done and TFS. GErald
plimrn (21344) 2010-03-21 18:48
I'm not sure that the Netherlands is vastly different from Venice. I expect the people felt very much at home here. Great color and detail, especially in the reflection.
We just went to Yosemite with Kath and Peter, have you seen Peter's new website?
Waylim (25488) 2010-03-22 12:11
Not to say that venice is not as beautiful, but I like this better in the smaller scale, Venice is the over all impression and all those Canals and more. This is just cute and charming in such natural setting of beautiful garden of green grass and the canal lead us in pass the lovely little bridge. Good quality and lovely composition.
giorgimer (34941) 2010-03-30 14:11
the world is full of 'Venices', this is a nice example. Beautiful architecture, wonderful reflection
Very well done!
jemaflor (93273) 2010-04-02 11:02
sympathic view with lovely colors, nice reflections on water, well composed.