What we had in mind was a bike ride around Gouda's countryside, conveniently called the KoeKaasRoute (Cow Cheese Route). Yes, Gouda is where Gouda cheese is made, but it's not pronounced "Goo-da" like we say it in Canada, it's more like "How-da," with a little saliva sound at the beginning. Sounds delicious, I know! The KoeKaasRoute starts in Gouda's town centre and takes you past idyllic farms, nature reserves and historic sites. We think the full route is about 45 km, so a perfect day ride with farm tours and cheese samples along the way.
Bloemencorso only takes place here, but makes the news throughout the country, so we feel really special to have been able to witness it. We were, of course, tardy to the parade (has a Shuchuk ever been on time?) but we were amazed by the second half, and the hour's bike ride was well worth it. This year's theme was "200 Years Kingdom" and the parade included twenty floats decorated completely with flowers and bulbs, luxury cars, marching bands and other entertainment.
We've chosen to live in Haarlem. The most frequent reaction of locals, and probably our dear readers, is bewilderment. Really, Haarlem!? It may not be Amsterdam, but the perfect opportunities for us and Nougat were right here. You probably don't know much about Haarlem, so we wanted to share some of the reasons we fell in love with this city.