Gouda Local Customs

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    Eating it fresh and raw

    by mvtouring Written Jun 25, 2009

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    I think this is a new take on sashimi for me. Eating raw herring is not my idea of fun, but the Dutch and Belgiums seem to really enjoy it. I caught this gentleman on camera. The way the do it is to hold their heads backwards and then slowly putting the little fish in their mouths and biting off what they can chew.

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    Stroopwafels

    by Nathalie_B Written Dec 30, 2006

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    One of the oldest stroopwafel recipes was found in Gouda in 1840, but the story of stroopwafle started long before, at the end of 18th century, when Gauda’s baker named Gerard took all the leftover crumbs he had, made a cookie, and dipped it in syrup. The popular, cheap cookie for the poor was born. Nowadays the real Goudse stroopwafel is not that cheap in compare to all the others, but it tastes better and therefore worth the money. When I arrived to Gouda I picked up a brochure from the local tourist information center. Besides the useful information the brochure contained a coupon for 2 Goudse wafels at the bakery across the street. The trick works, once you try the waffles you’ll buy more, trust me.

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    The Shield

    by Nathalie_B Written Dec 30, 2006

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    A side Gouda museum, over a cute bridge that leads into a garden you’ll find the shield (coat of arms) of Gouda. Do not confuse it with the Archers shield, they only look the same but if you look closely you’ll notice the lions face different direction. The same shield can be seen on top of the weigh house (De Waag)
    Not always it looked like it is now, some parts were added and some don’t exist anymore. First there were only two stars they became six only in 15th century. The silver sward in the middle of the shield resembles Jan Van der Goude’s weapon. The thorns were added later. Two climbing lions at some point had a motto written under them: Per Aspera at Astra which means through the thorn to the stars. There are stars above the thorns, but no motto is seen anywhere, which makes us wonder if it was ever added.

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    door opens to reveal

    by ATLC Written Apr 19, 2003

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    GOUDA TOWN HALL

    Count Floris V.
    The scene depicts the fact that he gave Gouda city rights in 1272 allowing it to make its own judicial system.

    The picture may be of insufficient quality to show the actual Count Floris V figure in the door. If you enlarge it you may see it better. If you can't see it at all, please let me know so I can improve the image.

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    Door is closed and...

    by ATLC Written Apr 19, 2003

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    GOUDA TOWN HALL

    For the most part of each hour the figures (a knight, some citizens, on either side of the door stand still. The door is closed......
    but when the bells start ringing the figures move and turn towards the door which opens...
    (see next tip)

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    Bell ringing (2)

    by ATLC Written Apr 19, 2003

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    GOUDA TOWN HALL

    If you're walking along the Markt square and see a group of people, children included, concentratingly lookin up at the town hall wall, then stop too and wait.... until two minutes past the whole hour....
    (see next tip)

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    Bell ringing

    by ATLC Written Apr 19, 2003

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    GOUDA TOWN HALL

    On the side of the town hall you will find this on its exterior wall.

    Note the clock, the bells below it (rung electrically) and the scene below, figures on either side of a red/white door.

    Something nice goes on just a 2 minutes after each whole hour...
    (see next tip)

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    How it is done

    by ATLC Updated Apr 18, 2003

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    GOUDA STROOPWAFEL MACHINE

    Everything goes automatically, apart from filling up the dough resevoir.
    Four pieces of dough per baking sheet are dropped on a conveyor belt into an oven. Then the outer edge is cut off to make every stroopwafel the same size. It is then cut and moved onto a rotating disk where a whisp of air between the layers loosens them. Then the top half is lifted off through a suction pipe, syrup is piped on and the top layer replaced.
    All this automatically within a few minutes each.

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    Doing it in tandem

    by mvtouring Updated Jun 25, 2009

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    I was quite amused by this tandem bike for mom & daughter. Suppose little missy want to feel independent.

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    Family bicycles

    by mvtouring Written Jun 25, 2009

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    The one thing that we noticed throughout the Netherlands was the mommies lifting their children on the bike. Baby in front and older brother/sister on the back. Lovely!

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    Inside the bakery

    by ATLC Updated May 18, 2007

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    GOUDA STROOPWAFEL BAKERY

    Tearoom van den Berg kindly let the crew film inside the bakery.

    Lange Groenendaal 32
    2801 LT GOUDA

    Tel: +31 182-529975

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    Let's bake some treacle waffles (Stroopwafels)

    by ATLC Updated May 18, 2007

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    GOUDA STROOPWAFEL MACHINE

    This and following tips are about the traditional Dutch cookie called stroopwafel.

    Tearoom Van den Berg
    Lange Groenendaal 32
    GOUDA
    2801 LT
    Nederland

    Tel: +31 182-529975

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    Opening party of cheese market season

    by ostia Written Jul 9, 2004

    To open the first cheese market of the year local people celebrated it by wearing medieval clothes. The Prince made speach on the balcony of Stadthuis.

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    Filming in the oven

    by ATLC Written Apr 18, 2003

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    GOUDA STROOPWAFEL OVEN

    Quite a hot place, that bakery. Which had the cameraman break out in a sweat when filming inside the oven.

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    The stroopwafel baker

    by ATLC Written Apr 18, 2003

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    GOUDA STROOPWAFEL BAKER

    told me the machine bakes 2200 waffles an hour. The dough he made this morning was of 48 kilo flour!

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