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Views from a Canal Boat

After weeks of pouring rain and cold days, this morning we woke to blazing sunshine and heat so intense we had to throw off blankets and put our hair up. Yay!!! We’re pretty darn excited. πŸ™‚

Today I’m tucked away in my room whilst painters work until late into the night finishing up the last of the paint jobs. It looks like a bio-hazard scene in here with everything draped in sheets of plastic and men dressed all in white wandering about. πŸ™‚

Here 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 Amsterdam’s upper class during the 17th century. They remain vacation homes to this day since it’s too wet to live here year round.

This was one of my favorite places. I was captivated by those dazzling red shutters and the wild, overgrown garden.

Red shutters

A peaceful section of the canal, still and quiet on a stormy afternoon.

Canal boats yellow

This cracked me up! What a splendid place for a driveway. We had to duck down to get under it. πŸ™‚

I just love the profusion of cheery nasturtiums along that old wooden fence and the bright orange boat. Rainy days could never get you down puttering in a boat that color.

Tomorrow I’ll show you some of the gorgeous and wild countryside we saw as we meandered through a nature preserve just as the storm broke.

What would be your favorite type of vacation home?

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Corinne @ Gourmantic - That’s what I call ingenious parking!! πŸ˜‰

Jamie - Well, I can see that I definitely have to come and visit! What a gorgeous place – and a gorgeous country! Love all of your pictures! Hope you are settling in! xo

Karen - Hi Krista, I’m so glad to see you’re having such a wonderful time in the Netherlands! Love your pictures, it looks so romantic and beautiful, especially all those cute gardens. I’m putting Holland on my list of places to go! Can’t wait to see more pics. Have a great weekend. πŸ™‚

Annajohnston - Beautiful pictures Krista. Love the car on the bridge, very cool. Hmmm… My fav vacation home would be a beach house, possibly in the trees cubby house style. πŸ™‚ looks like your having a brilliant time.

Krista - Isn’t that great, Andrea? Totally cracked me up. πŸ™‚

Krista - It was bliss, Stevie – so peaceful and beautiful. πŸ™‚

Krista - I know, eh, Andi?! It made me so happy to be part of their cozy little neighborhood even for an afternoon. πŸ™‚

Krista - I agree, Valerie! It’s all so delightful I am at a loss of how to describe it. πŸ™‚

Andi Perullo - Seriously why would you want to live anywhere else, it’s just perfect!!!

Stevie - So lovely!Β Β  I cna only imagine how pleasant your boat ride was.Β  Ah!

Andrea and John - Love the colours and that parking space – hilarious!

Valerie - Words such as ‘adorable’ and ‘charming’ fall too in short inΒ their attempts at describing this part of the world. All I can think of is breathtaking! Although, that were my car, I’d be constantly worried about it falling into the water. :p

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