On this trip to The Netherlands I stayed well to the West of the country. I stayed in Womerveer which is northish of Amsterdam and travelled as far North as Alkmaar and as far west as Haarlem.
Until you have been to Holland it is hard to fully comprehend the national appreciation for two things: chocolate and cheese. So Brenda planned in a day for us to see the cheese show and market in Alkmaar. You may laugh a little but honestly how could a country with a city named Gouda ( pronounced howda with a guttural at the front) not be fully dedicated to cheese?
We arrived a half hour early for the cheese show and it’s a good thing we did. By the time the show started (which by the way is translated from Dutch into English, German and French) people were standing 4 or 5 deep. Some lady used Brenda’s head as a tripod to take pictures!
I am assuming that at the end of the race the team which clears the most cheese wins. But you cannot prove this by me. We left after 45 minutes of cheese racing. There was coffee to drink, shopping to shop and pictures to take.
Alkmaar is reachable from Wormerveer by a forty-five minute train ride. If you go make sure you hit the city on market day. Take in the cheese show. Drink a capuccino.Take in a nice restaraunt and shop the artist’s market which I thought kept pace with the art markets on Museumplein in Amsterdam. What a great day! Thanks Sis!