Thursday Doors – French Fries

More essential doors

My eighteenth entry to Norms Thursday Doors. More Essential Doors. Of course Gouda is  world famous for cheese. That doesn’t mean we don’t eat anything else. Apart from cheese we occasionally eat bread, meat and fastfood. In between lots of other stuff :)

So we have four essential doors to add to the first one: coffee!

Cheese – Meat – Bread – French Fries (in Dutch: Patat)

To quote John Travolta in Pulp Fiction:

VINCENT: Well, in Amsterdam, you can buy beer in a movie theatre. And I don’t mean in a paper cup either. They give you a glass of beer, like in a bar. In Paris, you can buy beer at MacDonald’s. Also, you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?

JULES: They don’t call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese?
VINCENT: No, they got the metric system there, they wouldn’t know what the fuck a Quarter Pounder is.
JULES: What’d they call it?
VINCENT: Royale with Cheese.
JULES: Royale with Cheese. What’d they call a Big Mac?
VINCENT: Big Mac’s a Big Mac, but they call it Le Big Mac.
JULES: What do they call a Whopper?
VINCENT: I dunno, I didn’t go into a Burger King. But you know what they put on french fries in Holland instead of ketchup?
JULES: What?
VINCENT: Mayonnaise.
VINCENT: I seen ’em do it. And I don’t mean a little bit on the side of the plate, they f*’ drown ’em in it.

Mayonnaise? We even drown them in peanut sauce, mix them with unions, top them with combination of the three and name it ‘Patatje oorlog’. Translated it is something like W3 Fries or Nuked French. Whatever.

#ThursdayDoors is a post series run by Norm Frampton. If you like interesting doors, visit his site and check out what people are sharing today. Thursday Doors 4 februari


Eva Cassidy birthday

Eva Cassidy (February 2, 1963 – November 2, 1996)

Ok. I am not the sentimental type. But when Eva Cassidy sings Fields of Gold I admit to shed some tears. Many have tried but none did so well as she. RIP. I will always miss you.

No picture I made. But a tribute to a wonderful artist.


monochrome monday millenium park

Monochrome Monday – Millennium Park Chicago

Millenium parc – chicago

monochrome monday millenium park

Millennium Park is a public park located in the Loop community area of Chicago in Illinois, US, and originally intended to celebrate the second millennium. It is a prominent civic center near the city’s Lake Michigan shoreline that covers a 24.5-acre (99,000 m2) section of northwestern Grant Park. The area was previously occupied by parkland, Illinois Central rail yards, and parking lots. The park, which is bounded by Michigan Avenue, Randolph Street, Columbus Drive and East Monroe Drive, features a variety of public art. As of 2009, Millennium Park trailed only Navy Pier as a Chicago tourist attraction. In 2015, the park became the location of the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting. bron: Wikipedia

Millenium Park – Chicago


Fifteen again

Do I still love her?

There I was. Sprawled out in my favorite chair at my favorite pavement café, drinking Coke (it is January and I was stupid enough to promise not to drink beer for a month) and suddenly there she was.

The girl I adored in High School. Some time ago I ‘found’ her by ‘coincidence’ on Facebook. No way. Facebook has a pretty good search engine … Her last profile picture was looking more than good. Of course I liked it. Safe to do, no way I will ever meet her ’in real life’. I thought …

Ok. What’s next? Say hi, smile and get the hell outta Dodge? Or say hi, kiss her and continue where I stopped forty years ago? So to speak of course because if I continued where I stopped then I … I better leave that to your own imagination.

Time stood still. She was even prettier as I remembered.’You have grown your hair. Last time we were together you had it cut short.’ She laughed. ‘Yeah, who says! You were the one with the long hair’.

Was I flirting? Watch yourself mate. This was very special, musing over old dreams, telling stories over former schoolmates, friends and teachers, lovers and impossible loves. She rememberers the music I loved. No idea what music she liked. But her eyes I never forgot.

Her eyes were just as beautiful as in 1973. The same green eyes I remembered. Her long, ash blond hair fluttered in a sudden wind gush… She bent over and kissed me on the lips. And I kissed her. Forty years disappeared. Fifteen again.

A terrace in January? Thank you Global Warming. Good for inspiration.

vibrant sphere - weekly photo challenge

Weekly photo challenge – Vibrant

vibrant sphere

“For every item that carries the darkness of humanity there’s one that holds the light. And that light is worth believing in. Not just in others, but in yourself as well.” C.M. Rayne

vibrant sphere - weekly photo challenge

This Sphere symbolises the next war. The war we won’t notice. Until the lights go out.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Vibrant

thursdaydoors cold war doors

Thursday Doors – Cold War Doors

Doors with a history

My eighteenth entry to Norms Thursday Doors. Doors with a history. During the cold war the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) nicknamed the Soesterberg Wolfhounds was based at Soesterberg airbase.

Over the years the Soesterberg Wolfhounds flew and maintained a variety of fighters including the F-86, F-100, F-102, F-4 and F-15, achieving impressive results. The 32nd Wolfhounds was recognized as the most outstanding fighter interceptor squadron in the United States Air Force, winning the Hughes Award three times. bron: soesterberg wolfhounds

thursdaydoors cold war doors

The door is the entrance to the underground Command Bunker of the airbase. Since the end of the Cold War much is changed. The vast complex on top of the bunker is gone and the airbase closed down. No threat of the Soviets anymore. We know better nowadays.

Soesterberg Airport is the cradle of Dutch Military Aviation. Today the Dutch ‘Nationaal Militair Museum is based at this location to honour the men and women who served for our country. When you come to visit our country please take a look at the museum. It give’s a stunning view of the long and distinctive history of our armed forces.

The Dutch base was officially closed on 12 November 2008.

#ThursdayDoors is a post series run by Norm Frampton. If you like interesting doors, visit his site and check out what people are sharing today. Thursday Doors 28 january

Ontslagen. Hoe nu verder?

10 tips om je ontslag te overleven

en er beter uit te komen.

Helemaal onverwacht kwam het ontslag niet. Het ging al een tijd niet goed in het bedrijf. De aandeelhouder stelde een bewindvoerder aan. Eerst ontsloeg hij de directeur en  vervolgens haalde hij ‘de bezem’ door de rest van de organisatie. De UWV-lat erlangs en afvloeien maar.

Het was al een tijd niet meer mogelijk om op een goede manier te werken. De sfeer was om te snijden. Niemand wist waar hij aan toe was. Je had voor jezelf al vrij snel de conclusie getrokken dat je bij de slachtoffers zou zitten. Te duur, te oud en de laatste manager in dienst.

Kijk niet (teveel) achterom

Het heeft geen nut om chagerijnig achterom te kijken. Natuurlijk ben je woest. Daar krijg je baan niet mee terug. Focus op de dingen waar je nu mee bezig moet zijn. Daarom deze column met tips hoe het ontslag te overleven. Want er zijn veel dingen die op je af komen. Vragen over de WW, over werken als ZZP-er, de verwerking van het ontslag …

Tip 1: Schrijf op wat je leuk en wat je verschrikkelijk vond aan je baan

Wat vond je leuk vond aan die baan, waar kreeg je energie van. Schrijf het zo snel mogelijk op want voor je het weet ben je het vergeten en herinner je alleen de negatieve dingen. Dan lijkt die baan weggooide tijd. Gebruik dat epistel niet om terug te kijken om het terugkijken. Gebruik het als referentie voor je nieuwe plannen. Dan heb je een kader. Voeg daaraan direct toe wat je nooit meer wilt. Maak je betere keuzes door.

Tip 2: Blijf in je ritme.

Gebruik de tijd om aan een nieuwe baan te werken. Sta elke morgen op alsof je nog naar je werk gaat. Niet om de schijn op te houden, maar om het ritme vast te houden. Om zo lang mogelijk actief per dag te zijn. Het vinden van de nieuwe uitdaging is nu je baan. 24 uur per dag.

Tip 3: Ga direct aan de slag met zoeken. Dezelfde. Dag.

Verspil geen minuut. Nu kent iedereen je nog, over een paar weken zijn ze je vergeten. Kijk ook eens binnen het bedrijf waar je net bent ontslagen. Soms hebben ze dingen verkeerd ingeschat en hebben ze je toch nodig. Stap erop af! Heb je het idee dat een bevriende relatie een vacature heeft? Direct de telefoon pakken. Pas je CV aan. Zet het op alle vacuturesites die je kent.

Ook ontslagen? Neem eerst deze stappen. Krijg je leven weer op de rit.

In de volgende column ga ik op de ‘rouwverwerking’ in. Want een ontslag is emotioneel zwaar. En net als in een relatie kost het tijd om het verlies te verwerken.

Geert Smits werkte tot voor kort bij een van de oudste ondernemingen van Nederland. Hij is nu intensief op zoek naar een nieuwe uitdaging en doet daarvan in deze wekelijkse column verslag. Je kan het profiel van Geert bekijken op LinkedIn. En natuurlijk ook op Twitter.

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Throwback Tuesday – 100 cols on the bike

100 cols in France

One of my best Holidays ever. A friend of mine is an enthousiast cycler. Has favourite pastime is cycling up and off mountains. Preferable the high mountains in France. He had the idea to do the one hundred ‘Cols’ in one holiday. No problem I thought, I come along. On the motorbike. And so he sweated and grunted and cycled his ass off and I?

Did nothing of that all and drove from cafe to cafe and booked the hotel rooms – Did you know that it is often possible to sleep above a cafe? – I immensely enjoyed myself! Would do it again right away.


100 cols on the bike in France

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optimistic - weekly photo challenge

Weekly photo challenge – Optimistic


‘ When I see happiness in the eyes of mother and child I know that whatever happens in the end love will always prevail.’

optimistic - weekly photo challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge – Optimistic

Thursday doors silver door

Thursday Doors – Doors out of place

Doors out of place

My seventeenth entry to Norms Thursday Doors. This door is out of place. The building is old, approx. 250 year, and the front of the house is painted in a aluminium color. So is the door. Someway has to talk to the owner. Or worse :) You can can discuss taste. But apart from my remarks I don’t regret this picture. Because if you don’t know the location it’s a paint job well done! (But still: Behhh)

Thursday doors silver door


#ThursdayDoors is a post series run by Norm Frampton. If you like interesting doors, visit his site and check out what people are sharing today. Thursday Doors 21 january

At Norms request: a picture of the whole building :)

Thursday doors silver building

marina city - chicago

Monochrome Monday – Marina City Chicago

Marina City –  Chicago

Marina City is a mixed-use residential/commercial building complex that occupies an entire city block on State Street in Chicago, Illinois. It sits on the north bank of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, directly across from the Loop district. The complex consists of two corncob-shaped, 587-foot (179 m), 65-story towers, which include five-story elevators and physical plant penthouses. It also includes a saddle-shaped auditorium building, and a mid-rise hotel building, all contained on a raised platform next to the Chicago River. Beneath the platform, at river level, is a small marina for pleasure craft, giving the structures their name. Designed by Bertrand Goldberg, Marina City was the first building in the United States to be constructed with tower cranes. bron wikipedia

chicago tower

weekly photo challenge - alfabet

Weekly photo challenge – Alphabet

There is another Alphabet …

weekly photo challenge - alfabet

To hear never-heard sounds,
To see never-seen colors and shapes,
To try to understand the imperceptible
Power pervading the world;
To fly and find pure ethereal substances
That are not of matter
But of that invisible soul pervading reality.
To hear another soul and to whisper to another soul;
To be a lantern in the darkness
Or an umbrella in a stormy day;
To feel much more than know.
To be the eyes of an eagle, slope of a mountain;
To be a wave understanding the influence of the moon;
To be a tree and read the memory of the leaves;
To be an insignificant pedestrian on the streets
Of crazy cities watching, watching, and watching.
To be a smile on the face of a woman
And shine in her memory
As a moment saved without planning.

Dejan Stojanovic

Weekly Photo Challenge – Alphabet

thursday doors townhall gouda wedding

Thursday Doors – Doors with a double history

Doors with a (double) history – City hall Gouda

My sixteenth entry to Norms Thursday Doors. Doors with a history. By far the most spectaculair doors in Gouda and they rank fifth on my the Dutch Top Ten #thursdaydoors board. (Brings me on idea: the top ten doors in the Netherlands!) A double history. But first the history of the City Hall.

The city hall (Stadhuis) in Gouda is the oldest gothic City Hall in the Netherlands and was built in 1450. It is located at the main square of the city, the Markt, and is one of the best known monuments of Gouda. The architect was Jan III Keldermans, from the famous Flemish Keldermans family of architects, who were also responsible for several other city halls and churches around the Netherlands and Flanders.

The building can be visited during weekdays given that there are no wedding ceremonies. The interior dates from the 17th and 18th century. bron tripadvisor

The second history of these doors is my own. I married in the City Hall in August 2008 after knowing my wife to be since 1978. We lived in several parts of the world before settling down in Gouda. And you never know the future, but we are likely to stay here. In the third photo you see the chairs we will sit on for the ceremony.

#ThursdayDoors is a post series run by Norm Frampton. If you like interesting doors, visit his site and check out what people are sharing today. Thursday Doors 16 january

barcelona love

Throwback Tuesday – Love in her eyes

For Inez

barcelona love
Drink to me only with thine eyes
And I will pledge with mine.
Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I’ll not look for wine.

The thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of Jove’s nectar sup,
I would not change for thine.

I sent thee late a rosy wreath,
Not so much hon’ring thee
As giving it a hope that there
It could not withered be;

But thou thereon did’st only breathe,
And sent’st it back to me,
Since when it grows and smells, I swear
Not of itself, but thee.

To Celia – Ben Jonson, 1616

swan monochrome monday

Monochrome Monday – Erasmus bridge Rotterdam

The Swan – Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam

The Swan in Rotterdam is an outstanding example of the beauty of modern Dutch, and specific Rotterdam architecture. A fine object for Monochrome Monday.

Designed by Ben van Berkel of the UNStudio the bridge presents the unity between the two parts of Rotterdam city. Until the opening a ‘Rotterdammer’ was only recognized as a real ‘Rotterdammer’ if he lived, or was at least born in Rotterdam Noord. You did’nt live in Rotterdam Zuid. You existed ‘op Zuid’

Even nowadays Rotterdammers are very peculiar in this.

swan monochrome monday

The Erasmus Bridge (Dutch: Erasmusbrug) is a combined cable-stayed and bascule bridge in the centre of Rotterdam, connecting the north and south parts of this city, second largest in the Netherlands. The bridge was named after Desiderius Erasmus a.k.a. Erasmus of Rotterdam, a prominent Christian renaissance humanist.

The 802-metre-long (2,631 ft) bridge across the New Meuse was completed in 1996. The cable-stayed bridge section has a single 139-metre-high (456 ft) asymmetrical pale blue pylon with a prominent horizontal base, earning the bridge its nickname “The Swan”.
The southernmost span of the bridge has an 89-metre-long (292 ft) bascule bridge for ships that cannot pass under the bridge. The bascule bridge is the largest and heaviest in Western Europe and has the largest panel of its type in the world.

After costing more than 165 million Euros to construct, the bridge was officially opened by Queen Beatrix on September 6, 1996.[3] Shortly after the bridge opened to traffic in October 1996, it was discovered the bridge would swing under particularly strong wind conditions. To reduce the trembling, stronger shock dampers were installed. bron wikipedia

weekly photo challenge weight(less)

Weekly Photo Challenge – Weight(less)


“I was the place where you anchored. I was the deep water where you could be weightless. I was the surface where you saw your own reflection. You scooped me up in your hands.”
Jeanette Winterson

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Weekly Photo Challenge – weight(less)

thursday doors essential doors

Thursday Doors – Essential Doors

Essential Doors

My fifteenth entry to Norms Thursday Doors. Essential Doors.

Simon Lévelt (1775-1850) was a Dutch trader in colonial produce. In 1817 Lévelt opened his first shop in Amsterdam selling, among other products, various kinds of Tea and Coffee. This picture taken in Gouda is the shop frontdoor of one of their 40 shops in The Netherlands and Belgium.

Coffee and Tea are essential to me. Tasting a 1st Flush Darjeeling, or a rich flavoured Java is liquid joy! I can do without breakfast. But I cannot start without Brain Juice! Needless to ask where I buy these essentials :) Simon Lévelt

thursday doors essential doors

Simon Lévelt Gouda

#ThursdayDoors is a post series run by Norm Frampton. If you like interesting doors, visit his site and check out what people are sharing today. Thursday Doors 7 january

weekly photo challenge - circle

Weekly Photo Challenge – Circle


My life is very exciting now. Nostalgia for what? It’s like climbing a staircase. I’m on the top of the staircase, I look behind and see the steps. That’s where I was. We’re here right now. Tomorrow, we’ll be someplace else. So why nostalgia?
Jeanne Moreau

weekly photo challenge - circle

Weekly Photo Challenge – Circle

thursdaydoors gouda college ulo

Thursday Doors – College Doors

College Doors

My fourteenth entry to Norms Thursday Doors. College Doors. In 1925 in Gouda the Casimir school was founded. The school has a rich history and is based on the Dalton Plan.

The Dalton Plan is an educational concept created by Helen Parkhurst. It is inspired by the intellectual ferment at the turn of the 20th century. Educational thinkers such as Maria Montessori and John Dewey influenced Parkhurst while she created the Dalton Plan. Their aim was to achieve a balance between a child’s talent and the needs of the community.

The Dalton Plan was introduced in 1914 by Parkhurst at the Children’s University School (now the Dalton School) in New York City, a private school. It was adopted in the state schools of Dalton, Massachusetts, four years later. At her request it was afterwards known as the “Dalton Plan.” The idea behind the plan was to give grammar school pupils the freedom and opportunity to develop initiative and self-reliance. This allowed older children to be introduced to the Dalton Plan.

The most intriguing part is for me the typeface used. If anyone recognise it please tell me. I want to use it in a future cover design.

casimir school

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#ThursdayDoors is a post series run by Norm Frampton. If you like interesting doors, visit his site and check out what people are sharing today. Thursday Doors

Oliebollen van Cornelia Wannée

Authentieke oliebollen van Cornelia Wannée

Na alle dramatische berichten over oneetbare oliebollen uit de kraam, vermeende milieudelicten en aanslagen op de volksgezondheid heb ik besloten om zelf te gaan bakken. 

Ik doe geen concessies: het moet een origineel recept zijn, bij mij geen bol uit de Allerhande of Jumbo blaadjes. Nu ben ik een verzamelaar van kookboeken – wat niet wil zeggen dat ik een gepassioneerd kok ben – en in een van die exemplaren staat vast een ‘grootmoedersoliebollenrecept’.

Na veel wikken en wegen heb ik gekozen voor een recept uit de Wannée. Cornelia Johanna (C.J.) Wannée (1880-1932) was lerares en later directrice aan de Amsterdamsche Huishoudschool in het begin van de twintigste eeuw. Ze merkte dat er behoefte bestond aan een algemeen kookboek voor de Nederlandse huisvrouw. In 1910 verscheen de eerste editie van haar Kookboek van de Amsterdamsche Huishoudschool. Al een eeuw lang wordt dit kookboek steeds aangevuld en herdrukt.

Lijkt me behoorlijk authentiek.  Oh ja, het is voor veertig kleine oliebollen of twintig grote.


500 gram bloem
1 theelepel zout
30 gram verse gist
4,5 deciliter lauwwarme melk (40 graden)
1 theelepel suiker
1 ei
40 gram rozijnen, gewassen
40 gram krenten, gewassen
25 gram sukade snippers
20 gram stemgember, in stukjes
1 appel, in kleine stukjes
25 gram gehakte noten (!)
geraspte schil van 1 citroen

Handige oliebollenweetjes

Er zijn twee stromingen. De eerste gaat uit van een uur rijzen van het deeg en de tweede stelt dat vijftien minuten voldoende is omdat de bol in de olie wel rijst! Maar dat zijn Belgen dus daar ga ik niet voor.

Om te voorkomen dat de krenten, rozijnen, stemgember, appel en sukade in het beslag naar beneden zakken haal je ze even door de bloem. Dan verspreiden ze zich prachtig door het beslag. En voordat ik het vergeet: leg het ei op tijd uit de koelkast dan is het op kamertemperatuur!

Wat ons verder op het hart gedrukt wordt is de wijze waarop de bollen worden neergelegd. Nooit op elkaar! Want dan loopt de olie naar de onderste bollen die dan baggervet worden. Op een schaal, naast elkaar op keukenpapier is de opdracht.


  • Zonnebloemolie verwarmen tot ongeveer 170 graden
  • IJslepel of juslepel insmeren met olie om het beslag te scheppen (regelmatig verversen)
  • Beslag als een druppel van de lepel laten glijden. Vlak boven de olie laten vallen. Voorzichtig!
  • Bollen 2 minuten laten bakken en dan met een pollepel keren. (soms gaan ze vanzelf)
  • Nog 3 minuten doorbakken en met een schuimspaan uit de pan halen.

Goed. We gaan het proberen. Om Johannes van Dam te citeren:

‘Er gaat natuurlijk niets boven een warme, versgebakken bol. Dat is niet moeilijk, maar je ruikt de olie wel. Komaan, doek om het hoofd en afzuiger aan!’

weekly photo challenge - now

Weekly Photo Challenge – Now


I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don’t understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.

Sofia Loren

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Now

Thursday Doors – Gouda Doors with a History

Doors with a History

My thirteenth entry to Norms Thursday Doors. Doors with a History. The Catharina Gasthuis (The Catharine Hospital) was originally built in the 13th Century and used for various purposes since. In 1947 it became home to the Museum Gouda. The door, called the gate of Lazerus, is designed by the German Gregorius Cool who lived from approx. 1570 to 1629.



#ThursdayDoors is a post series run by Norm Frampton. If you like interesting doors, visit his site and check out what people are sharing today. Thursday oors

Cover Makeover – The Conjuring

The Conjuring

My seventh  entry to the Cover Makeover challenge at Lucile de Godoy and musingsofafrequentflyingscientist

the conjuring

This composition is made in Photoshop cc 2015. It is combination of a picture of amusic box and the 1942 report font. The picture is edited in Photoshop.


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Cover Makeover – The Happiness Project

Gretchen Rubin – The Happiness Project

My sixth (and to late) entry to the Cover Makeover challenge at Lucile de Godoy and musingsofafrequentflyingscientist


This composition is made in Photoshop cc 2015. It is combination of a picture of my Lady and the Fira font. The picture is edited in Photoshop. I used a HDR filter and adjusted the curves to a surrealistic effect. Adjusting the text is based on a simple square grid, the same I used for The Romantic Manifesto. I made the photo on the stairs of the Montjuic, just in front of the Font Magica in Barcelona.




#Covermakeover challenge 20

weekly photo challenge - The Gathering

Weekly Photo Challenge – The Gathering

The Gathering at the barbershop

Sitting in a barbershop these friends gather together to discuss and drink tea. I was walking through Gouda at a rainy night and made a picture of these guys. With their approval as you can see!

weekly photo challenge - The Gathering


Weekly Photo Challenge – The Gathering

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Thursday Doors – Gouda Doors with a History

Doors with a History

My twelfth  entry to Norms Thursday Doors. Doors with a History. I live in Gouda, The Netherlands. Gouda is an old City in the centre of Holland, close to the Port of Rotterdam. I am a proud citizen of this ages old City. So instead of dreaming up all kind of facts I better quote Wikipedia.

Around the year 1100, the area where Gouda now is located was swampy and covered with a peat forest, crossed by small creeks such as the Gouwe. Along the shores of this stream near the current market and city hall, peat harvesting began in the 11th and 12th centuries. In 1139, the name Gouda is first mentioned in a statement from the Bishop of Utrecht.

In the 13th century, the Gouwe was connected to the Oude Rijn (Old Rhine) by means of a canal and its mouth at the Hollandse IJssel was developed into a harbour. Castle Gouda was built to protect this harbour. This shipping route was used for trade between Flanders and France with Holland and the Baltic Sea. In 1272, Floris V, Count of Holland, granted city rights to Gouda, which by then had become an important location. City-canals or grachten were dug and served as transport ways through the town.

Great fires in 1361 and 1438 destroyed the city. In 1572, the city was occupied by Les Gueux (Dutch rebels against the Spanish King) who also committed arson and destruction. In 1577 the demolition of Castle Gouda began.

In 1574, 1625, 1636, and 1673, Gouda suffered from deadly plague epidemics, of which the last one was the most severe: 2995 persons died, constituting 20% of its population.

In the last quarter of the 16th century, Gouda had serious economic problems. It recovered in the first half of the 17th century and even prospered between 1665 and 1672. But its economy collapsed again when war broke out in 1672 and the plague decimated the city in 1673, even affecting the pipe industry. After 1700, Gouda enjoyed a period of progress and prosperity until 1730. Then another recession followed, resulting in a long period of decline that lasted well into the 19th century. Gouda was one of the poorest cities in the country during that period: the terms “Goudaner” and “beggar” were considered synonymous.

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Right. Back to me. The door in this weeks #Thursdaydoors is the entrance of a small Candle Shop. besides being famous for cheese Gouda is also world famous for the manufacturing of Candles. ‘Gouda Kaarsen’ are used in numerous Cathedrals around the world. And yes, even the St-Peter in Rome uses them.

The house is build in 1500. This Candle Shop is not that old.The current owner runs the shop since 1970. It is a dying craft. Sadly. But: being a Goudaner means that I have to beg something… So please come to Gouda when visiting Holland and pay a visit! You’re welcome :)

#ThursdayDoors is a post series run by Norm Frampton. If you like interesting doors, visit his site and check out what people are sharing today. Thursday Doors