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Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Gouda July 25th 2019

The Gouda Cheese Market is only on Thursday’s. So that’s where we headed today. About a two-hour drive got us there and we met up with friend Hans again, this time joined by his daughter Sterre-Lieve as well as his son we met several days ago. I believe we may be talking them into visiting us next year. Marion and I had visited the market back in 2002 with our daughters, but we did a more thorough tour of the city today. As with many of the Dutch cities, Gouda has a lot of history that dates back hundreds of years, not sure but at least back to say 1200 or so. The Sint-Jan church dates back to the 1500’s and was built as a Catholic Church, as all of the older churches were, but was ... read more
Gouda cheese market
Catering to tourists, with plastic cheese
Farm girls (maybe actors) pose with tourists

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Gouda June 12th 2016

When in Haarlem we had an opportunity to meet and talk with a Dutch couple who were heading out at the same time we were in the direction of Gouda (the “Gou" is pronounced like the word “how”). He told us that we should stop at a museum that was right on the canal. He explained it was an old pumping system that had been converted into a museum. He also explained that it was one of the great engineering feats of the 19th century. This worked well into our schedule because there was a highway bridge that had a very restrictive opening time farther down the line so we had a few extra hours. Less than an hour of travel time in the canal we came upon the museum, you can't miss it – it ... read more
Quite a Variety in the Types of Houses on the Way
The More "Traditional" Housing on the Water
Some of the Wildlife Seen From the Canals

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Gouda May 20th 2015

Geo: 52.0167, 4.70833It was a much better day for cycling today. Although still windy, it did not rain and at times the sun appeared. Our destination was Gouda. The ride was very picturesque, through the countryside and along the canals. We saw several farms raising cattle, sheep, and even alpacas. Most of the land is covered with grass for the animals to feed on since not much else will grow in the clay type soil which contains a lot of salt from the sea. Many of the homes along the way were beautifully landscaped with very unique styles. We arrived in Gouda a little after noon which gave us plenty of time to explore the city. After checking in at our home for the night we went out for a snack. We chose a bakery with ... read more
Cattle Grazing land
Bicycle Traffic Signals
Canal Home

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Gouda May 11th 2014

Saturday So as I write this it's still raining, or rather it's raining again. It stopped for a while last night but has rained steadily all day. We dropped our bags off on the barge, which really is nicely outfitted and then ventured out for one more walk through the city center where we promptly got soaked again. Perhaps we will get all the rain out of the way before we begin riding tomorrow. I realized I left out a few important reflections last night; most likely because I was nearly exhausted while I was writing. Here is a glimpse that defines the difference between the two of us: while we were eating in the Van Gogh Cafe I was talking about the paintings and the connections between some of what we had seen in the ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Gouda July 22nd 2012

Eeerste blog entry met map en alles erop en eraan en geen moeilijk gedoe meer want ik ben het helemaal zat. Eeerste blog entry met map en alles erop en eraan en geen moeilijk gedoe meer want ik ben het helemaal zat. Eeerste blog entry met map en alles erop en eraan en geen moeilijk gedoe meer want ik ben het helemaal zat. Eeerste blog entry met map en alles erop en eraan en geen moeilijk gedoe meer want ik ben het helemaal zat. Eeerste blog entry met map en alles erop en eraan en geen moeilijk gedoe meer want ik ben het helemaal zat. Eeerste blog entry met map en alles erop en eraan en geen moeilijk gedoe meer want ik ben het helemaal zat. Eeerste blog entry met map en alles erop en eraan ... read more
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Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Gouda July 30th 2011

July 21, 2011. My destination: Gouda city, The Netherlands. Event: Cheese market every last Thursday of June until August. Time: 10-12 noon. Coming from Amsterdam, a two-way train ticket costs €20 with a travel time of 55 miinutes. From The Hague, it costs €10 with a travel time of 18-25 minutes. From Den Haag centraal I bought a two-way train ticket to Gouda and waited until 8:38 am for the inter city train to arrive. At 8:56 am, I got off at Gouda train station. I went down the stairs of the platform where I got off, turned right and followed the sign centrum. Within 10 mins walk, I was in the city square. Upon crossing the bridge, there are lots of shops. There is a bakery called Bakker Bart, La Panini from V&D mall, etc. ... read more
Cheese, anyone?
Negotiating using handshakes between producer and trader
wooden clogs

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Gouda July 22nd 2010

We're always making these gouda jokes - you know, the cheese eet tastes so Gouda! Turns out when the Dutch say it, they pronounce it Hhhhhowda (the repeated h's mean you do one of those noises at the back of your throat). So, we've changed the joke to Hhhhhowda cheese taste? We spent a few hours today wandering around the Gouda cheese market and shops! The cheese market was a fully functioning cheese market and it was surrounded by all sorts of stalls selling everything from cheese to t-shirts to fabrics to fresh fruit. We had brought a french baguette to eat along with the cheese we bought there as well as some apples. We also indulged in poffertjes which are the most delicious little mini pancakes with a dollop of butter and powdered sugar warm ... read more
Mmmmmm, gouda!
Cheese delivery
Happy Hollander

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Gouda November 6th 2008

So the day before we went to Gouda, Zwolle was the place we visited on 5, November, 2008. We paid a visit to the earth ship and then to Paul's. He showed us around the city centre and then we went to the pub for dinner. IT was really cool cause we got to see this really neat old church. And inside the church a lady gave us this really interesting tour about how monks would live here and still did and just pray in this peaceful garden nearby. And dinner was good at the Irish pub in Zwolle. My dad and Paul really got along. To see an update of the earthship project and where me and dad went to in Zwolle have a look here: http://picasaweb.google.com/dkruchkoff/ZwolleWithDad05November2008?authkey=Gv1sRgCIGc_u2Y5fyO1AE&feat=directlink November 6 was Gouda, eating Dutch cheese (that's ... read more
Dads cranberries - and mine too
The famous church in Gouda
did the Lourve mystically get transported to Gouda




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