Hot dam Amsterdam, Netherlands If you had to nominate one city where houseboats
truly belong it has to be this Dutch metropolis with its concentric rings of canals.
In 2001, OSU Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity member Sean Matsuda, 19, drowned when he slipped and fell from a houseboat
Abdul Rashid Kaloo, general secretary of Houseboat
Owners' Association, said, "At present all houseboats
, which were not damaged, are empty and this is peak tourism season.
The people living in this lake, especially, houseboat
owners and 'Shikarawalas' have hailed this step taken by the authorities.
Samir said he normally shared a room with her on the houseboat
, but was away staying with friends at the weekend.
A Dutch tourist Davit Rechord (43), who was staying in another room of the houseboat
, has been arrested when he tried to flee the Valley at Qazigund, 75 kms from here, on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, they said.
Sarah and the Dutch tourist were the only guests on the houseboat
and had been sitting on the deck until midnight when she went to bed, he said.
For Leen Vandaele, the owner of the houseboat
, 'O' de Squisito, is the realisation of a dream.
We look forward to seeing foreign visitors traveling on a houseboat
from this pier to Asakusa or Yokohama, sightseeing the Tokyo waterfront,'' an official of the company said.
Restaurant manager Aires D'Souza, said that the eatery is inspired by the popular houseboats
of Kerala in India where people can enjoy a day out sailing through the Kochi backwaters and taste the local flavours.
The company has offered a 50% discount on peak season rates for new 2011 houseboat
reservations on fully pre-paid rentals.
She rented an upstairs apartment on an Imbaba houseboat
for much of the year, and vouches for the tranquility of life on the riverfront.