We’re staying on a municipal camperplaats a short walk from the old town of Gouda. It’s a car park with a dedicated motorhome parking area for about 30 vans at €8/night, and there are 12 sockets providing free electricity. The camperplaats was full when we pulled up, but we’d timed our arrival perfectly as one of the vans was just leaving. After we’d parked up someone else unplugged their van from the electric and I was straight in there!
After an early lunch we walked into the old town and spent the afternoon wandering around. The city stands on land that was reclaimed in the 11th century. The town was destroyed by fire in 1438, and the town hall – the focal point of the town today – was built in 1448. The town hall stands at the centre of a large market square, which was the home of the famous cheese market from 1395 right through to 1987. These days a weekly cheese market is run as a tourist event from April to August, so we missed it by a week.