Photographer's Note

Here is another postcard from the Netherlands.

This is from Gouda, a small town a short distance from The Hague, mainly famous for its production of cheese. My guidebook recommended seeing Gouda on a day trip from any of the major cities in the area, but I did it the other way. I stayed for six nights in Gouda, making day trips to the major cities in the area. I left by train every morning after breakfast and returned in time for dinner. It was very convenient, because the Dutch trains are very frequent. I rarely had to wait for more than 10 minutes anywhere. There was never any need to check the timetable and no need to reserve a seat. It was not even possible.

After a couple of days, returning in the early evening was almost like coming back home. Gouda has a reasonable number of decent restaurants and it's a quiet and peaceful town. The guidebook indicated that it attracts a lot of tourists, but I rarely saw any. When I returned in the evening they had already left.

This is the most famous building, the 15th century Town Hall, standing in the centre of the main square, Markt. I couldn't resist the temptation to include the most typical of any Dutch sights: bicycles.

Here is a larger version.

In a workshop I will show the Town Hall from the other side, where it looks rather different, in another workshop you can see the canal I walked along when going back to my hotel.

Once again the server refused to accept the coordinates for the map.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12527 W: 572 N: 24020] (102604)
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