We had brought a road map of the Netherlands with us from nearly 50 years ago with a few places circled. I had completely forgotten what the circles meant but some of them lay in our path to Gouda. We hunted them down and found windmills and charming villages. Here are some random photos of what we saw and liked.

Yes, windmills still exist.

Yes, windmills still exist.

Canals are a given. They will always exist in the Netherlands.

Canals are a given. They will always exist in the Netherlands.

Wooden bridges, the same as those Van Gogh put on our collective map.

Wooden bridges, the same as those Van Gogh put on our collective map.

Olivier van Noort - first Dutchman to circumnavigate the world. A professional pirate.

Olivier van Noort – first Dutchman to circumnavigate the world. A professional pirate.

A nice village, a good place for ice cream

A nice village, a good place for ice cream

Roberto's ice cream shop

Roberto’s ice cream shop

Classy door fixtures

Classy door fixtures

Every town has a canal or two.

Every town has a canal or two.

Just the thing to do on a warm day.

Just the thing to do on a warm day.

One of numerous silversmith shops

One of numerous silversmith shops

Silversmith shop

Silversmith shop

Door grill

Door grill

More silversmiths

More silversmiths

Another fine and well preserved windmill

Another fine and well preserved windmill

Now we must get along to Gouda and see if we can find a cheese shop.

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