One reason we left Amsterdam is that this particular day was the 50th birthday of the Dutch king William Alexander, which was declared a national holiday. We would spend the day away from the even-greater-than-usual urban hustle and bustle. The Dutch people and visitors like ourselves were encouraged to wear orange, since Orange (Oranje in Dutch) is the name of his royal house. In a happy coincidence, I brought my orange toboggan hat, since I had expected the Netherlands to be relatively cool. I thus came prepared to salute His Majesty without even realizing it. Here's one of the houses we saw in central Giethoorn. Thatched roofs were pretty much in style.
A narrow canal extends between two houses.
Here's one of the few local restaurants.
A footpath ran along one side of the main canal, while several rentable boats were tied to the opposite side.
Several small statues, such as these, were scattered around the town. I think that the buildings behind them were businesses.
There were many bridges spanning the main canal. On the right, we see another statue, a bench (partially obscured by a tree) and two ducks.
This building, which resembled Darth Vader's helmet, included a boathouse.
Another house along the main canal included red shutters.
In front of another house, this old tree was painted red and decorated with several objects including a goat's head, which considering the town's name, would be quite appropriate.