Gouda – Netherlands
Posted on May 30, 2015
For no particular reason, we wanted to spend one night in Gouda, perhaps because we so enjoy the cheese from there. We chose well. It’s a fine place to visit and we didn’t find it to be overrun with tourists this early in the season. Our small hotel was right around the corner from the largest cheese shop in town. We were able to do a lot of sampling.
Even before we left home on this vacation trip, we learned that the natives pronounce the name Gouda like How Da, not the American way of Goo Da. Once we got a little practice we never again feel right by slipping back into the American pronunciation.
Gouda has its city hall plop in the middle of the town market square. It’s a bit forlorn here by itself, but on market days it must fit right in. The weekly cheese auction takes place here but it’s mostly for show these days. We missed it.
In the old days, cheese was auctioned in the market, then taken to the weighing house to determine the weight and complete the transaction. Here’s the weighing house on the square.
Canals run here and there and even a few tulips were still in bloom.
Doesn’t most every town have a famous citizen? The 16th C. philosopher Erasmus spent his youth here. He is well honored.
If you are a fan of Andy Goldsworthy’s balanced rock creations you might well thrill to find a small one tucked away in a downtown cloister garden, by the garden’s cafe terrace.
It’s time now to rush along and see some more of the province of Holland, the western side of the Netherlands.