Found a few old photos today from the fifties at the beach in Katwijk aan Zee at the North Sea. My mother and me at the left and my brother and sister. My parents hired in summer holidays for six weeks a few rooms in a guesthouse close to the beach. to flee a hot Amsterdam. A kind of an early B&B. I remember that bathing suit of me made of blue itchy wool! When it got wet it dropped off down with the straps cutting in my neck,
My father didn't like the beach so much and stayed in Amsterdam. But in the weekends he came to visit us on the beach always wearing a suit! The only thing he took off on the beach were his shoes....
You can't miss the fact that Gouda is famous for its cheese.
Some people pretend Gouda doesn't produce cheese anymore, well the case is that the farms around Gouda produce the milk and there is still cheese produced here in the surroundings, maybe not in the city itself but really under the name of Gouda Cheese. My sister lived behind a big warehouse of cheese, that has closed and moved out of the city some time ago.
A sculpture of "Desiderius Erasmus" (1466-1536) in Gouda. He was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher and theologian. He was the second son of a priest at the Saint Jans Church in Gouda, grew up there and studied in the nearby monastery of Steyn. Gouda honours him with this sculpture in the town of his youth.
Here a painting of him made by Hans Holbein in 1523.
The orphanage in Gouda was built in the first half of the seventeenth century and served until just before the First World War. After this period te building was in use by various schools. Until 2014 Gouda's Public Library was located in the beautiful restored building.
Above the gate which gives access to the courtyard is a plaquette with two orphans and Gouda's city weapon.