A few weeks ago, one of my best friends Dana and I decided to go on a spontaneous day trip to Gouda. Neither of us had heard much about it, all we knew was that we loved the cheese. Gouda is just half an hour or so from Utrecht where I live, and not much further away from Amsterdam, so if you're spending a longer time in the Netherlands I would really recommend going there. I have a bunch of pictures from there because honestly, every other street was instagram worthy material, so I thought I'd divide them in to a few smaller posts. Here's the first part!
On the main square of Gouda stands the oldest city hall in the Netherlands, dating back all the way to the 1450's. Thats old you guys! Normally you can go inside and have a look, but when we were there it was unfortunately closed for meetings of some kind. Impressive building nevertheless.
On the same square was also a market, but I'm guessing that's just a weekend thing. Surrounding the square is lots of nice bars and restaurants. We enjoyed a couple of beers on an outside terrace when the sun decided to come out in the afternoon and it was a great place to do so. Most of the city was really quiet and peaceful, but the square was bustling with life, so we really enjoyed sipping on out ice cold, locally brewed beers and soaking in the atmosphere talking about the highlight of the day. You will get to read more of those in a later post if you stay tuned.