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Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Gouda is a city in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. Gouda, which was granted city rights in 1272, is famous for its Gouda cheese, smoking pipes and its 15th century town hall. The Sint Janskerk has the most significant stained glass in the Netherlands. The town takes its name from the Van der Goude family, who built a fortified castle alongside the banks of the Gouwe River, from which the family took its name. According to the 2004 census, population was 71,797.
The area, originally marshland, developed over the course of two centuries. By 1225, a canal was linked to the Gouwe and its estuary was transformed into a harbor. It is likely best known for its namesake cheese. Goudas fabulous array of histoic churches and other buildings makes it a very poular day trip destination. Unfortunately in recent years Gouda has gained a reputation as a centre of petty and car crime, allegedly instigated by a disenfanchised small group of second generation Morroccan immigrants. A fact that the far right have tried to exploit.
A city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, cooperative people and luxurious hotels and cottages, Gouda is one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers.

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