Alex Wright


Cheese holiday

September 17, 2008

On my recent trip to Holland, we took a two-day bike ride out of Amsterdam and up through the Dutch countryside to the little town of Alkmaar, nestled up in a far corner of Noord Holland. The reward for two days' worth of hard pedaling into the North Sea wind: 20 tons of cheese.

Alkmaar is famous for its weekly cheese market, the largest in the world - a ritual dating back to 1593. While the whole thing has long since devolved into a tourist spectacle - with its quirky-hatted cheese porters and buxom bonnetted cheese babes - it's also still an actual working cheese market that turns over something like 20 tons of cheese per week. As if it weren't enough to lay claim to the mantle of world cheese capital, the town also happens to boast the national beer museum.

Cheese, beer, and people in funny hats: Now that's a vacation.

Alkmaar Cheese Market

Alkmaar Cheese Market

Alkmaar Cheese Market

Alkmaar Cheese Market

Alkmaar Cheese Market

Alkmaar Cheese Market

Alkmaar Cheese Market

Alkmaar Cheese Market

(with apologies to Vicky)


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