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It's great being a tourist and [leisurely / leisure] wandering around old towns and villages seeing the sites, but is it such a [thrilling / thrill] for the local residents? Villagers living in the area [known / knowing] as 'Old Holland' outside of Amsterdam have had enough [for / of] visitors traipsing around and of tour guides [with / within] megaphones disturbing their peace. They have got together with [local / locally] tour companies to create rules of conduct for tourists. The rules include not [photographs / photographing] residents without [permission / persimmon] , not strolling into their gardens and not dropping litter. The new code of conduct is an attempt to deal [by / with] the growing popularity of the region. Tourism is booming and the number of tourists is expected to [raise / rise] by 50 percent in the next decade.

Old Holland is an idyllic area that [match / matches] people's image of Dutch life from a slower, [bygone / begin] age. There are windmills everywhere and locals live in beautifully [preserved / preservative] , traditional wooden houses. Local [resident / residence] Peter-Jan van Steenbergen told Holland's Het Parool newspaper that the village of Zaanse Schans is [similar / like] an open-air museum. He said: "I talked to [one / once] resident who opened his curtains [in / on] the morning and looked into the camera lenses of nine amateur [photographers / photographs] ." He added: "The visitors seem happy to knock on the wooden houses to [see / view] if it is real wood. If you are the resident of that house, that is not pleasant, of course." He said the busloads of tourists were the biggest [nuance / nuisance] .

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