Holland has got so many pretty towns and villages, that you are really limiting yourself as a tourist by just going to Amsterdam. with windmills and canals, Gorinchem is one of them. Gorinchem, aka Gorcum, is an historic, fortified market village. Not only does it have a charming village centre, its location is down right stunning; Gorinchem is located on the banks the Linge River and the Merwede Canal offering far reaching views across the surrounding polder lands when you're standing on the city walls.
I visited with my mother recently and we started our visit with a stroll through the main shopping street. We had a coffee at a lovely bakery called Sweet Ima where besides selling freshly baked loaves of bread, you can sit down and enjoy their wonderful cakes and pastries and a coffee.
We finished our visit with a light lunch on the market square, where the vendors had just started packing up their stalls. We lingered a little bit post-lunch sipping on our refreshingly chilled glasses of rose, before heading back to the train station. A delightful afternoon it certainly was.