|Gouda, Holland - NETHERLANDS|
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Gouda, Holland - NETHERLANDS
This was the city I've chosen as my stronghold during my 5 day visit to the Netherlands, because of it's central location, but also because of the hotel rates (much better than in Amsterdam or The Hague) and of course the cheese - it's everywhere in town and by luck we catch a major cheese market on a Saturday (you know what they say: there's bad cheese and there's Gouda cheese!)
Gouda is a city and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. Gouda, which was granted city rights in 1272, is famous for its Gouda cheese, smoking pipes, and 15th-century city hall. In the Middle Ages, a settlement was founded at the location of the current city by the Van der Goude family, who built a fortified castle alongside the banks of the Gouwe River, from which the family and the city took its name.