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What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

For the Love of Peat*

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*Misspelling intentional, per usual
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This weekend, we are the grateful guests of our best friends in Cherry Grove, Fire Island, located off the southern edge of Long Island in New York. One of Fire Island’s best features is the fact that there are no cars. You take a ferry to get there, then you just walk (or bike) everywhere. After the incessant noise and traffic of New York City, it’s a wonderful relief.

There are a number of other communities across the world which are without motorized vehicles, and the village of Giethoorn is one of those. This tiny, beautiful place is known as the Venice of the Netherlands, and residents and visitors travel by boat along the village’s canals. When the community’s original residents settled in the area, there were no canals. But when they discovered the area was rich in peat deposits, and their digging for that peat eventually created the waterways for which the village is best known today. The majority of the village’s houses are located on islands, connected by 50 wooden bridges.

And here’s the best feature of this aquatic community: only electric and non-powered boats are permitted! What a lovely way to live. Giethoorn has definitely made it to my list of places I want to see in person!

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “For the Love of Peat*

  1. I visited Giethoorn in the spring of 1989 and I have to say the photos don’t do it justice. By visiting in the spring, I was able to avoid the peak of tourism. The gardens were spectacular. Everywhere you looked was picture perfect. It is a little gem of a place.

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  2. I have not been there but it looks and sounds wonderful. I like the idea of anywhere that’s vehicle free. One of our favourite Scottish islands to visit was Gigha, not far from where we lived, and I would take the kids on the ferry as foot passengers and they could be feral and carefree on the island because there was barely any traffic. People really only had cars for going to the mainland so we only had to watch for the farm vehicles. It’s bliss to not have to deal with the sound of traffic too. We should visit Fire Island. Every time you write about it I think about what a great place it sounds.

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  3. Book me when you go–this place is beyond beautiful!

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  4. It’s like a fantasy land–if you’d said it was inhabited by elves I’d believe it. Added to the list of places I’d like to see someday.

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  5. I didn’t know places like this even existed! Breathtaking! Thank you SO much for sharing!

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  6. Wow. This looks idyllic. Adding it to my list of places I want to visit. Thanks!

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  7. Wow. Despite being the daughter of a Dutch immigrant and having visited NL I never even knew about this idyllic place. Now I must go. I think my boys would loooove it. Thanks for infecting me with a new travel bug!

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  8. You found heaven!

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