Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Nederland - Day 4

We're on vacation, so I guess I don't feel too bad about sleeping until 10:15 am this morning. Needless to say, we got a bit of a late start this today, but once we were on the bike path, we had a nice ride to Gouda (pronounced how-da), along the way seeing traditional windmills and enjoying more smooth, well maintained paths.

In Gouda, we walked through St. John's Church, which has stained glass windows from the 1500's! The building in the third picture below looks like a church, but it's actually the Gouda Statehouse. A wedding party was taking photos outside of the statehouse, and the bride (or her dress?) is obviously what is captivating the little girl in the foreground of the photo. Louisa and Cora would have been equally captivated, I'm sure.

Just a cool view as we walked out of St. John's

The flowers here, potted or otherwise, have really impressed me!
Before our 34 km ride to Mark and Lori's home in The Hague, we walked through a touristy cheese shop and drank a Heineken in the plaza behind the statehouse. Mark and Lori are here for 4+ years as he serves as a pastor in an international church. We feel very lucky to be able to spend two nights at their place and hang out with them again so soon after our visit to Michigan three weeks ago!

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