Giethoorn, Netherlands.  This idyllic village has no roads, and the only access is by water over the many beautiful canals or on foot over its wooden arch bridges. The locals use punters to get around and cars have to remain outside the village.  Located in the province of Overijssel, there are 4 miles of canals and farmhouses with thatched roofs dating back to the 18th century.

Bridge in Giethoorn, Holland - "the Venice of the Netherlands". The old part of the village has only canals and no road.

four seasons of Fort Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands

Four seasons of Fort Bourtange, Groningen - The Netherlands

Batavia was a ship of the Dutch East India Company (VOC).It was built in Amsterdam in 1628, and armed with 24cast-iron cannons and a number of bronze guns. Batavia was shipwrecked on her maiden voyage, and was made famous by the subsequent mutiny and massacre that took place among the survivors. A twentieth-century replica of the ship is also called the Batavia and can be visited in Lelystad, Netherlands. (wiki)

Batavia was a ship of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). It was built in Amsterdam in and armed with 24 cast-iron cannons. A twentieth century replica of the ship is also called the Batavia and can be visited in Lelystad, Netherlands.

Snert or erwtensoep is Dutch pea soup:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea_soup#Netherlands

Snert fan Nynke's heit

As soon as the temperature drops, the Dutch start to eat ‘snert’. In the category: “Dishes that don’t look delicious”, what’s your suggestion?

The Paard van Marken ("Horse of Marken") is a lighthouse on the Dutch peninsula Marken, on the IJsselmeer.

"Het paard van Marken" ("The Horse of Marken") - lighthouse on the Dutch peninsula Marken, on the IJsselmeer. Built in 1839 by J. A primitive lighthouse was on the location since the early Current lighthouse is a Rijksmonument since

The City Hall of Franeker, Friesland, the Netherlands. It was built between 1591-1594. This building was the inspiration for "The Dutch House" in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Love the old buildings in Friesland. The City Hall of Franeker, Friesland, the Netherlands. It was built between This building was the inspiration for "The Dutch House" in Brookline, Massachusetts.

De Domtoren en -kerk in Utrecht, The Netherlands

I've been to the top of this tower! Cathedral Tower of Utrecht is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands, at metres feet) in height, and the Gothic-style tower is the symbol of the city.

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