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No Roads, No Cars, Just Boats

No Roads, No Cars, Just Boats


– [Narrator] Today’s
journey takes us to the Dutch town of Giethoorn. Giethoorn is just like any normal town. With one exception, roads. They don’t have them. (upbeat music) – [Narrator] And boats, lots of boats. – [Narrator] That’s Jan,
one of the town’s resident boat builders. He’s known for punters, a flat bottom boat that originated in Giethoorn. – [Narrator] And where there
are boats, there are bridges. 167 to be exact. And just like any town,
people need their groceries, their furniture, their beer, you name it. But in Giethoorn, they
must pass through Anton. He’s the town’s bridge guard. – [Narrator] One of those
boats is the fire boat. This is Bart and Erik. – [Narrator] And this is Jan. He’s in charge of
maintaining the natural lands around Giethoorn. – [Narrator] So, there you have it. The residents of Giethoorn prove that a life without asphalt, traffic and trips to the DMV can
be pretty damn great. Roads, who needs ’em? Bye, Giethoorn.

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100 thoughts on “No Roads, No Cars, Just Boats

  1. Europeans have amassed so much wealth in this colonial era that they can float around in row boats while the rest of us speed through rush hour traffic.

  2. We have so many places where you only can reach by boats in Malaysia Sarawak. No biggie. πŸ‡²πŸ‡ΎπŸ‘€

  3. Many of those houses looks like they're both damp and rather cold places to live in, for all their chocolate box prettiness..

  4. This is like the boat ride in Disneyland, called Storybookland, except that it is real and people actually live there. How beautiful!

  5. Can tourist visit there and is there hotels it looks so small. I would love to visit that place it seams interesting.

  6. Dutch is like a mix of all the Scandinavian languages and Scottish English and it's so annoying to listen to bc it sounds so familiar yet alien at the same time

  7. So do they have to go to boating school? At the streams divided into 2 lanes of opposing traffic? Do they have blinkers?

    Where's Mrs. Puff when we need her?

  8. "Roads, they don't have them"………yet in the couple of shots immediately preceding this statement, you can clearly see cars and vans.

    So the question is, how did these cars and vans get there, and what are they being used for if there are no roads on which to drive them?

    Google maps clearly shows the town has roads. There is a section of the town that has a lot of canals, but the town itself has as many if not more roads..

  9. Does that mean there are no horses pulling wagons? I get the concept but aren't the motors on the boats run by gas? Oh well at least the poor animals don't have to lug us around on their back or by the pack.

  10. Most any boat gets less than 3 nautical miles per gallon. To go 30 miles would cost you like a $100 today. They must make a whole lot of money over there.

  11. Wonderful. Meanwhile, I gotta deal with these funky, noisey, death machines every time I wanna cross the street. "But at least they go fast". Whoopdey fuggin Doo!

  12. But why do they have canales and not roads. There has to be a reason because town's like that are a few hundred years old was it because of flooding threat of invasion there has to be a reason other than the cabin credit scam??

  13. This makes me so jealous.

    Such beautiful country side and greenery..peacefull..
    Compared to some parts of the World

  14. Venice: exists for hundreds of years
    Dutch people: that's cool we might get your idea and tell everybody we invented it
    πŸ˜‚

  15. I used to Imagine All such things, when I was a little Girl. To know that Those Things Actually Exist, is Giving me Goosebumps. So Lovely. I hope, I could Earn Required Money and Visit, some Day. Very Nice.

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