Flat as a Pancake

19 Jul, 2005 | TravelTdp

I'm always astounded when we take off and land on my bi-weekly trips to and from the Netherlands. Everyone knows Holland is flat, and I mean real flat, but just how flat it is cannot be described. I thought parts of the UK were flat, perhaps they are, but there's no comparison. I did a trawl through Flickr and found some photos to illustrate my point, here's the Dutch ones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. And also some of the English landscape, and this was picking photos of 'flat' landscape, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

I also thought that our fields were generally nice and square. Er, not so, and certainly no match for those I've seen when flying over the Dutch landscape. I grabbed a couple of screenshots of satellite images using Google Earth.

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Now, the resolution isn't too great and they're 10 miles up, but you can easily see the difference between the long, narrow, drawn-with-a-ruler fields surrounding Schiphol/Amsterdam Airport on the right and the messy, random, wandering borders of the fields surrounding Winchester.