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Gouda y'do

A March 2005 trip to Gouda by shaunandtrish

Golden Tulip, Alphen aan den Rijn Photo, Gouda, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: Gouda is pronounced "howda". Gouda y'do - "howda y'do". Please yourself. Problem with working is that you don't get to see that much of the places you go, but this is a summary of what I did see.

Gouda y'do

Overview

Gouda Photo, Gouda, Netherlands
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At 2 days, this was the longest of my three trips thus far to Holland. What are the highlights? Pretty towns, easy and efficient orientation, the Dutch people themselves, and strange, tasty (generally fatty) snacks that you don't really come across elsewhere.Quick Tips: Public transport is good, cheap, and very efficient. Certainly unless you are travelling outside the main towns and cities, there's little need for a car. In fact, Holland is also not without its traffic and petty car-crime problems, even in small towns like Gouda. Everyone (nearly) speaks very good English and will generally have time for you. Dutch people are nice.Best Way To Get Around: I've already mentioned t...Read More
Golden Tulip, Alphen aan den Rijn Photo, Gouda, Netherlands
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I was working in Gouda, and this hotel is about a 20-minute light rail journey. You don't need directions, as the hotel is right outside the railway station - you literally cannot miss it. Alphen aan den Rijn is a small laid-back town in between Amsterdam and Gouda, so I suppose this hotel gets most used by business types. Rooms are comfy, clean, and quiet considering their proximity to the railway line, and the English-speaking staff is always friendly. TV channels include a couple of English, German, and French options, but, unusually, there are no tea/coffee making facilities inside. There's no trouser press either. For breakfast details, see the dining entry in this journal. Downstairs...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Golden Tulip, Alphen aan den Rijn
2405 BK
Gouda, Netherlands
(31 172) 490100

Golden Tulip, Alphen aan den Rijn

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Restaurant

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The trouble with working abroad is that you tend to eat close to your hotel, as you can't be bothered to look for somewhere more interesting. This is especially true in the winter and when you don't have your own private transport. So I ate one meal in the Golden Tulip. My meal consisted of a bowl of soup of the day (carrot and coriander) and pork loin in a black-pepper sauce. The main course came with potato balls and some cauliflower. In total, the cost was about 24€, which was a bit pricey considering that the meal was palatable rather than memorable. The menu is not too varied either - maybe eight choices for your main course, all a bit on the dear side for what you get. The decor was nice eno...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Golden Tulip, Alphen aan den Rijn
See accomodation entry
Gouda, Netherlands

Trains, Planes & Bicycles

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Rail Terminal Schiphol Photo, Gouda, Netherlands
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Holland has an excellent transport infrastructure. It’s a small, flat, and compact country, so I suppose this gives it an advantage. Schiphol Airport is fairly pleasant for a big airport, feeling less grubby than most. It’s like a big spider, with the central hub in the middle and all its terminals sprouting off in all directions. This means that you don't have to get horrible little shuttles between terminals, but there is a bit of walking to do, made a bit easier by the customary moving pavements. It’s KLM's main hub, so it’s a cosmopolitan place, with people connecting here to all parts of the globe. Eating and shopping are quite good considering it’s a big airport. If Amsterdam ...Read More

A Quick Trip Through Medieval Gouda

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A Cheese Shop Photo, Gouda, Netherlands
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This was literally a walk through, as I had no time to take much in, so apologies if this skims the surface somewhat and lacks any real point, but I did go there and took some interesting photos. At the time I took my photos, I reckoned I could find out what they were from looking on the web when I got home - wrong!!! There's actually not that much in the way of tourist information on Gouda, in English anyway. This website is one of the better ones I found. It’s clearly some local person's homemade effort, but with good humour inside. Maybe the general lack of good info means it may be a bit of an undiscovered gem? Who knows. There's a city...Read More

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shaunandtrish

shaunandtrish
Durham, United Kingdom

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