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Treehouses, Cottages, and Exploring the Netherlands by Boat

This weekend we braved wind and rain to go adventuring outside Amsterdam. We filled the car with sweaters, coats and snacks and drove out to Broek in Waterland.

It is a marvelous place – quite possibly the best adventure I’ve ever had in the Netherlands.

It consists of 6-7 hours worth of canals meandering through 17th century villages and nature preserves. Every meter is filled with more visual delights than you can possibly take in.

Since we chose a day with perfectly ghastly weather, we had the place to ourselves – a perk we loved.

There were six of us so we divided up into two whisper quiet electric boats and received simple instructions, detailed maps and a pile of waterproof blankets.

Then we were off!!

Canal Boat Collage

Since a rather wicked storm was approaching, we opted for the 2 hour tour which was supposed to get us back before the rains started. It didn’t quite work out that way, but to be honest, we didn’t mind a bit.

I was utterly delighted by this treehouse. Wouldn’t you have loved clambering up there as a kid? Spying on all the folks puttering down the canals?


I like how the canal boats have their own little “garage” they’re kept in on the water.

Canal Garage

And one day I would love to stay in a darling cottage just like this.

Stone cottage

I can’t wait to show you more pictures of our watery explorations, but now I need to get back to the workmen in the house and attempt our motley communications of mingled Turkish, Dutch and English.

Do you like boating?

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[email protected] - Wow! Your images are stunning. What pleasure can be had from something so simple as boating. It looks blissful despite
the weather.

Krista - It truly is a simple pleasure, Vanessa. ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved it so much – we all did! – and can’t wait to go out again. Perhaps in the sunshine this time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kitchen Butterfly - Oh, your narrative of the boat journey on Sunday is well matched by the photos. There’s so so much I haven’t seen or done in the Netherlands – thanks for helping me add one more thing to my list. Lots of love

Krista - Thank you, dear Oz!! I hope you are able to go before you move. I know you would LOVE it!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Big hugs and much love to you. ๐Ÿ™‚ - Oh my, those flowers near the water are amazing!!!! SO beautiful.

I’m very glad you like the painting. ๐Ÿ™‚

Andi Perullo - Love boating!ย  What a lovely place to spend the day!!!

Andrea and John - I think I’d LOVE to just float along those canals in a little boat and read a book or something under the flowers – gorgeous!

Krista - Aren’t they wonderful, Malin? I couldn’t believe how big and lush they were. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your paintings!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - It was perfect, Andi – especially with Heineken and salt and vinegar chips with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - I would too, Andrea!! ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re hoping to go back next month when we get some sunshine. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lauryl Lane - Holy cannoli! Those hydrangeas!!! Perfection. xoxo

Faith - Your pictures are stunning, Krista!ย  That cottage is just darling and I love how it’s right on the water…such gorgeous flowers too!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - The colours are so beautifully vivid! I don’t think I’ve ever seen green that green before! ๐Ÿ˜€

bellini - So glad you are enjoying yourself Krista. It reminds me of eons ago when I stayed ona little houseboat on a canal outside of Amsterdam!

Jacqueline G - Oooooh … I’d drift away there, rain or shine, any day!! xx

Views from a Canal Boat » Rambling Tart - […] are a few more shots from the wonderful canal boat ride we took the other day through Broek in Waterland. Many of the cottages you see were the vacation homes of […]

Krista - Thank you, Faith! It’s such a pretty little village I couldn’t stop snapping pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - Aren’t they fantastic, Lauryl!! I couldn’t get over how big and lush they were. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - I agree, Lorraine! It’s almost fluorescent it’s so vivid.

Krista - You are so right, Mary. ๐Ÿ™‚ It really was a soul-settling sort of day, a peaceful calming of stresses and anxious thoughts. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

Krista - I sure am, Val. ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t know you stayed on a houseboat!! How fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - Me too, dear J. We’re hoping for a sunny day soon so we can go out again without getting drenched. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anonymous - Exactly…wow, couldn’t agree move, these photos are stunning Krista! You did such a great job arranging them ๐Ÿ™‚ I think this has just become my new dream…to go meandering down a canal in the Netherlands – totally awesome day!

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