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A quiet corner in Giethoorn (sort of)...

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GIETHOORN is a village in northern Overijssel which is very popular with Asian tourists who love to go boatriding (often quite clumsily) through the canals in this little "Venice of the North".

Giethoorn recently featured in Grand Hotel Europa, a brilliant novel by Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, so we wanted to see it for real, making us yet a somewhat different kind of tourist there. Yet, it is kind of ironic, of course, since the novel is about (the downsides of) tourism, to begin with.

THIS PICTURE shows a crossroads of canals (?) just outside of the village proper, shot during our walk to the centre.

There is a samall family of (Dutch) tourists in that little boat there. There were figuring out how to steer it in the right direction by means of trial and error. Their yells and cries disrupted the serenity of the scene, but were quite funny in a way.

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2805 W: 35 N: 5699] (30378)
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