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4/20 - Schoonhoven to Gouda - 2 degrees Celsius when we started, but sunny all day.
We cycled 45 miles and didn't warm up enough to remove any layer of clothing until about mile 30.
Below - We were on paths that went for miles through farm land and with small canals
on both sides. We felt like we were in an alien world without cars.
Love all of the nests in the middle of the canal!
Below - We decided that cycling through Holland is the only way to truly see the countryside.
Those who visit in tour buses and cars will never see the peaceful
remote areas full of wildlife that we are seeing on our bikes.
Can't identify the bird, but couldn't resist the photo. It was comfortable
in it's nest and not at all frightened of our passing bikes.
Daffodils along every canal all day
Below - For the next 10 miles, it was non-stop windmills.
We were lucky to have a sunny day to enjoy them!
Below - Note the waterwheel on the side of this
Below, middle - No, I haven't gained weight! I'm wearing 6 layers
of clothing to keep warm in the 40 degree weather.
Below, right - Judith in awe of the numerous windmills at Kinderdijk. There were 20-30
in a small area and they are designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Below - Duck family through the reeds
Below, left - Different style of blades on this windmill
We had two ferry crossings today
Below - On this path we saw lots of road cyclists and even a group of about a dozen
with team jerseys in a double pace line. They flew past us too fast to get a photo.
Time to shop for some Gouda cheese
Below, left - Inside the Gouda Cheese shop - they had samples
of about 20 flavors of gouda cheese - YUM!
Gouda cheese is best described as a style of cheese making rather than a
kind of cheese, as its taste depends almost completely on the time it has aged.
Below, right - The Waag (weigh house) - built in 1667 across from the Old City Hall,
this building was used for weighing goods (especially cheese) to levy taxes.
It now is a national monument, and hosts a small cheese museum.
Below, middle - Old City Hall at the Markt square - built between 1448 and 1450,
one of the oldest Gothic city halls in the Netherlands. The entire square was filled with a market
when we arrived. They were clearing the last of the tents when I took this photo.
Below, middle - Town Hall on left and Sint Janskerk (St John's Church) on right
Below, right - Stadhaus (town hall) in Gouda - built 1636
Below - Our hotel, Hotel De Utrechtsche Dom has been located on the same spot
in the citycentre of Gouda for more than 300 years.