Boating in Holland - Part 3What to do and see in Gouda? Head straight to the VVV (Tourism Info) and get a copy of their map. They
|Cheese market in Gouda|
There was a vintage market happening the day we were there. Our boat is 21 years old. It has a CD player. I found a stall selling second hand CDs - 4 for €10. I bought eight CDs. Bon Jovi, Eagles, Level 42, Tears for Fears, Simple Minds, Elvis, Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen. We also topped up on provisions. When we collected our clean laundry my other half was well and truly laden down on the bicycle. He rode home and I walked after him. We had a shower and I got cracking making us a salad supper. Next thing a flotilla of Danish boats came into the marina. Twenty five boats left Denmark but only
Thursdays they re-enact the cheese trading process at the square in Gouda and we were keen to see it happen. Locals dress up in traditional clothing and pretend to make, weigh, sell, do
|Street market Gouda|
We got going in the morning and made our way to Rotterdam. The inland waterways and canals are always perfect and calm. No rolling about. But the River Maas is tidal. And very busy. Big working barges create a wash and our little boat was rocking about good and proper. We ducked into Veerhaven and found one of the last spaces to
|Skyline in Rotterdam|
We found the VVV (tourist info), got maps and info. Then we found a cafe and had not one but TWO rounds of beers. Round One we each had a different beer but Round Two we all had Texels Beers. Texel is the most populated of the Frisian Islands. It's like one of the the Hebridian Islands would be to the United Kingdom. We try to have a different local beer but we also can't help but be drawn to our favourites. It's really annoying when we find a fabulous beer and then can't find it ever again. Kasteel springs to mind and I fear Texels too. Grrrr.
On our way back home we stopped in at Albert Heijn
|Lunch on the back deck|
|Cube buildings Rotterdam|
Back at the boat, we showered, got ready, and walked another 3/4 hour back to Gare du Nord. How did
|Trying to read e-mails with one bar strength|
We had an organic wine from the south of France which cost €17.50.
After our meal we took the tram back to our boat and sat talking until, I can't actually remember, but I think it was 1.00am.
For more on other places we have visited, go to the top of this page and open - My Holidays and Trips.
See you soon.