Cheese Market, Alkmaar, Holland, The Netherlands. Mostly known for its cheese market, Alkmaar is also a charming village.

Wooden shoes (or clogs), this is a typical product associated with the Dutch population. In a lot of countries around the world it is believed that Dutch people walk around in wooden shoes the entire day. As you can see wooden shoes come in different kinds and colours. Traditionally clogs were worn during heavy labour. Today the still serve as protective clothing in the agricultural environment.

This must be tulips in Holland, but reminds me of the Japanese Flowers Gardens on Baseline in Phoenix 50+ years ago. Still LOVE the spicy, heady smell of stock!

30 april Koninginnedag - (Queen's day in the Netherlands till 2013) 30 april 2014 Koningsdag (Kingsday)

Sinterklaas (or more formally Sint Nicolaas) is a traditional winter holiday figure still celebrated today in the Netherlands.

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