The Dutch love cheese. From the train you can see massive fields with lush green grass. They have lots of cows. The result is cheese – buckets of cheese of every type and flavour. Every town we have been to has cheese shops – note the plural. These first photos were taken on a freezing cold day in Amsterdam. [Click on any pic to see full size.]
Alkmaar is about 40 minutes by train from Haarlem where we are staying. The train was a Sprinter which means it stops at pretty much every place along the way. Alkmaar is full of courtyards, canals, dozens of terraces and, of course, the world famous cheese market. Visiting a cheese market was second on our bucket list of things to do on our trip.