Thursday, 18 August 2016

Cheesy Gouda

Up early for once and a 12 minute trudge to the facilities in a restaurant alongside a different canal to where we are moored.

After our usual porridge and filter coffee breakfast on board we sallied forth and bought a few things in Hema (think Dutch Ikea) ... and had a second breakfast. Thence to the famous traditional cheese market held every Thu outside the Town Hall on the Markt. Supposedly farmers are actually selling to traders with a hand clapping routine, but actually it is all a pantomime for the tourists. Cheesy in all respects. 

On to St John's church, the longest church in the Netherlands with enormous stained glass windows. Architecturally spectacular yet somewhat soulless. Then through pretty back streets to the Museum Harbour containing various elderly Dutch barges. Back to the market to buy some fish for our dinner then back to the boat for lunch and a rest. Except L the indefatigable went off on a retail jaunt and N pottered about the boat. 

We feel we have done all the essentials of Gouda so tomorrow morning we continue south towards Dordrecht. We may stop on the way depending on progress. Btw another day of perfect weather. 

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