A visit to a cheese market is a must. Our favorite is in Alkmaar, located 20 mi/30 km northwest of Amsterdam, or an hour by train. The specialty there is Gouda. The market is held on Friday mornings in the summer, beginning around 10 am and ending by noon. It's fun to watch: Hand-clapping is an instrumental part of the selling process, and large purchases are sometimes carried off by porters on ornamental carriers.
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