Giethoorn 2009, my first meetup
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Ok, So this was my first big meetup! I had a mini meetup with Patricia a couple months earlier so I knew at least one of the TB friends. To be honest, I never been alone to a meetup before so when I jumped into my car on friday to go to the house of Patricia in Meppel I was quite nervous. But the drive to Meppel was relaxing, it was a sunny day and with my favourite music in the cdplayer and the window half open I felt peacefully and happy. Patricia welcomed me into her house, and not long after that Lieke arrived. We waited for the daughter of Patricia to come home from school and talked over coffee/tea. Then we went into the beautiful town of Meppel. Patricia guided us around and we stopped on the way for a nice lunch at the water.
After that it was time to go to our stay for the weekend at Giethoorn www.
Slowly I met the other Travbuddies and I saw immediately that Travbuddy lovers are one big happy family, I felt the passion for travelling in each and everyone of them. What a revelation! Finally a group of people that had the same passion for travelling as I have! In my family travelling is not done, only to relax, certainly not worth spending all your money about, pfff What do they know! Except one aunt and uncle, they travel around the world, so they know what I'm talking about! But especially my father and brother think I'm a lunatic on travel grounds, even my own husband doesn't share the same passion like I do. Oh yes, he travels with me and enjoyed our trips very much, but even he thinks sometimes that I'm exaggerate haha
Anyway, That first night was Jan our cook and he did that very well, his Chicken with Gorgonzola and Pasta tasted great! The weather was lovely so we stayed as long as we could outside, when it began to feel chilly we moved into the house and had some nice conversations, Yes ofcourse about travelling!!!
The next morning we had a lovely breakfast outside, the sun was already shining, so what a great day to begin your day! After drinking coffee we stepped into the hired whispering boats and made a tour through the gorgeous landscapes around Giethoorn.
At sunday we went to Giethoorn by car again and explored the village by foot. We took a drink on a terrace at the waterfront, and enjoyed the sunshine! Later in the afternoon more and more Travbuddies went home and when I drove back to The Hague in the afternoon with my favourite music in the cdplayer and my window half open, I dreamt back to the lovely weekend thinking that I really felt at home in this one big happy Travbuddy family!!!! Thanks guys!!!
Some touristic information about the lovely village of Giethoorn.
Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. It is located in the municipality of Steenwijkerland, about 5 km southwest of Steenwijk. Giethoorn used to be a carfree town known in the Netherlands as " Venice of the North" or "Venice of the Netherlands". It became famous,especially after 1958, as the Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra made his famous comedy "Fanfare" there. Therefore, Giethoorn is an internationally well-known tourist attraction in the Netherlands. In the old part of the village, there were no roads (nowadays there is a cycling path), and all transport was done by water over one of the many canals. The lakes in Giethoorn were formed by peat unearthing.
Most of the activities in Giethoorn are closely related to exploring the unusual landscape of the area. A great way to do this is to take a bike trip through the city and surrounding countryside.
There is also the option to rent a boat on your trip to Giethoorn. Explore the local lake and spend an afternoon on the water to get a feel for the slow life here in Giethoorn. If you don't want to man the boat yourself, there are a couple boat tour options that will take you on a tour of the canals throughout the city complete with history and commentary throughout.
Explore Histo-Mobil for a look at some great old cars and motorcycles. This small museum is open daily between March 1 and October 31 and provides a nice look at the car and its historical uses in Giethoorn.
The Museum 't Old Maat Uus is also a nice place to stop and learn some local history, including how the inhabitants of Giethoorn have lived for the last 100 years. Open from April to October, this is a great living history museum complete with a renovated farm and team of volunteers working on it and guiding guests through the history of the area.
The Museum de Oude Aarde is a nice family friendly museum with gemstones and fossils for viewing and exploration. The adjoining store sells many minerals that make great souvenirs of your trip to the area. This museum makes a great stop on a bike ride or afternoon stroll through the city.