The barge then took off for our next stopping point. About halfway there we took to the bicycles again and rode for about two hours along the canals, through some narrow city streets, across little bridges, and we even at one point boarded a little ferry with our bicycles to cross a lake and continue on the other side.
Sometime during the day we also had a lecture about the Netherlands and their relationship to water. They have amazing engineering constructions designed to protect against the 4000 year flood, including one enormous gate that has only been closed once since its construction.
After the bike ride, we had a beer and cheese tasting. I know more about Gouda cheese now. There are some small dairies where they make raw Gouda cheese, where the grass is sweetest and the cows are the happiest, then there is the immense industrial production of Gouda cheese, which can still taste pretty good.
Let me see if I can find some pictures to post. These are the city hall of Gouda, which was built free standing in the middle of the square to protect it against fire, one of the windmills we cycled past, and two pictures of Gouda cheese, with a view of the weighing house in the background of the last picture.
We go to Istanbul tomorrow.