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Old May 4th, 2010, 12:11 AM   #1
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Gouda is not only a cheese

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On April 29th, I made a long walk through my city, Gouda. You might have already seen the photos I took that day of the Kort Haarlem neighbourhood (if you didn't, you should ) and on the Dutch subforum I've posted a photoseries of Korte Akkeren, a 1900-1950's workers' neighbourhood which I will probably post on this forum too. In between those neighbourhoods, there is the city center.

Gouda, with 71,140 inhabitants, is the 48th city of the Netherlands. Even though it's not that big, it's got one of the best city centers in the Netherlands, partly because in the 1500s it was the fifth largest city of the country. Gouda started as a small trading settlement at the confluence of the Gouwe and Hollandsche IJssel rivers and after it gained city rights in 1272 soon started to grow. The result of this is a magnificent old city center. Sit down, relax, and enjoy the pictures

After these 37 pictures, I will post a few every now and then. You can click on the images to go to the Flickr photo page, to see the pictures at their original 15 megapixels or to see the exact geotagged location. When I bought my camera (Canon EOS 500D) I had absolutely no knowledge of DSLRs or photography in general, but I'm trying to learn more every day. So I hope you'll notice some progress.

-edit 7 September- I hate the black borders now but I'm too lazy too remove them. Hope you don't mind.

1. This bridge is the entrance of the city center from the Kort Haarlem neighbourhood.
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2. The vans of a baker. On the roof there are two giant 'Moorkoppen', a Dutch pastry.
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3. The Doelenstraat is a quiet street with small shops. On the background you can see the tower of the Gouwe Church (85m)
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4. A box...
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5. ... and another one! I heard that the owner of a nearby liquor store puts these boxes on the poles as some sort of advertising
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8. A 'oudemannenhuis', literally 'old mens' home', which is what this building used to be.
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9. The Sint Janskerk (Saint John's church) is with it's 123 metres the longest church in the Netherlands. This might lead to disappointed tourists when they see the church tower, with its mere 58 metres. Fortunately, the rest of the church is very beautiful.
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10. Arrrgh, why would you make a picture of a lawn? Well, this lawn is what remains of the motte, where Gouda was founded.
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11. The sign says "Calm down, easy. Everything will be alright".
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12. Church.
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13. Suddenly tourist seem to pop up. I love to see how people that speak Russian, Spanish, German or English are interested in my hometown
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14. The Lazarusgate. It used to be the gate to a leper colony, and wasn't placed here but in the early twentieth century it was demolished and rebuilt at this spot.
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15. Dunno why the kid with the water gun is looking at me.
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16. The museum garden is an oasis of quiet in the middle of the city.
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17. This small canal was recently reconnected with the bigger canals of the city. It is possible to rent a canoo to discover the 'secret' waterways. A member of the local internet forum did that and took some pictures, which can be viewed over here.
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18. Ancient door
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19. The church tower isn't that tall but at least it looks good.
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20. This is a 'portable organ'. I don't know the English word for it but in Dutch it's a Draaiorgel. It basically is an mobile organ that plays tunes from books
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21. The street to the main square of the city.
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23. The 15th century 'Stadhuis' (town hall). The orange crown is a decoration in honour of Queens Day, which took place the day after I took these photos.
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24. This is what the Markt square looks like when it's empty (couple of days earlier)
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25. The Korte Groenendaal is a side street of the Markt and has a lot of small shops.
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26. Like this one
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27. Looking back in the direction of the Markt square.
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28. The Korte Groenendaal ends in de Lange Groenendaal, at the crossing with the Naaierstraat that can be seen at this picture.
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29. The Lange Groenendaal
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30. Pet shop
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32. There are a lot of small congregations in Gouda. This is the church of the Old Catholic Church.
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33. On the other side of the canal there is a Lutheranian church.
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34. The Lage Gouwe, the remnants of the Gouwe river.
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35. I think the Gouwe Church is beautiful! In the 1970's there were plans to demolish it because the Catholics left it Nowadays it is occupied by an evangelist community.
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36. When you walk into a side street, and then into another street you will end up at the Raam. In this area there used to be a lot of industry, which has disappeared in the first half of the 20th century. Now there is this strange area with old buildings and ugly 'urban renewal' (destruction imo) from the 80's.
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37. De Vlamingstraat, where the Korte Akkeren neighourhood starts.
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This photo thread continues in the Korte Akkeren neighbourhood, a pre-war working class neighbourhood. The link links to the Dutch subforum, but I will eventually place the thread over here.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 07:52 AM   #2
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I'll bump this thread every day from now on, with a daily pic.

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Old May 4th, 2010, 11:51 AM   #3
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Can't belive no one has commented yet what an amazing looking place.

How do you pronounce Gouda? Is it Gow-da, like the english way or Goo-da like the american way?
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Old May 4th, 2010, 12:15 PM   #4
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Gouda is better than a cheese!!!!! Thanks, man.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 12:33 PM   #5
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Can't belive no one has commented yet what an amazing looking place.

How do you pronounce Gouda? Is it Gow-da, like the english way or Goo-da like the american way?
The G is pronounced as Kh (like in Khartoum), the 'ou' in the local accent can be compared to English 'ow' and 'da' is 'dah', with a long a.

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Gouda is better than a cheese!!!!! Thanks, man.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 12:45 PM   #6
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Hele mooie foto's, ik wist niet dat Gouda nog zoveel echte middeleeuwse oude huizen had!
Vooral de foto's bij de kerk met dat smalle grachtje vind ik erg mooi, ook de foto's van die tuinen zijn er mooi!
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Old May 4th, 2010, 02:10 PM   #7
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Old May 4th, 2010, 03:06 PM   #8
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Nice town.
It should have limit itself to keep a town only, in fact.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 07:27 PM   #9
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Those photos from the town of Gouda are really very nice
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Great pictures. Gouda looks very nice and never knew how the G is pronounced before.
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this is a cute little city. neat!!!
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Thanks!

Today's picture: the Houtmansplantsoen is a park in the south-eastern part of the city center. It is named after explorer Cornelis de Houtman, who was born in Gouda.
Wikipedia: "Cornelis de Houtman (2 April 1565 – August 1599), brother of Frederick de Houtman, was a Dutch explorer who discovered a new sea route from Europe to Indonesia and managed to begin the Dutch spice trade. At the time, the Portuguese Empire held a monopoly on the spice trade, and the voyage was a symbolic victory for the Dutch, even though the voyage itself was a disaster."

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The Wijdstraat (lit. 'Broadway'). Though it isn't that broad

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The highest non-church building in Gouda. It's not that high (50m) but I just wanted to show you the new side of the city.

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I love it! Do they still roll the kaas down the hill in the Town?
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Old May 8th, 2010, 12:44 AM   #16
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I wish we could, but we don't have many hills around here:

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The city "skyline", although calling it a skyline probably is too much honour. To the right, you can see the Gouwekerk (picture #35 in post #1), left of the center you can see the building of post #14.

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Unbelievable, great thread . We learn something new every day.
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44. The Garenspinnerij was a factory in which yarn was used to be spinned (I don't know if you understand anything of what I just said, I translated 'garen spinnen' with Google Translate ) Today it is in use as a cultural centre.

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