Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Cheese market at Alkmaar
The cheese market at Alkmaar in the Netherlands is a tradition going back to the 16th century though there was a weighing house there as early 1365. At one time, until World War I, about 300 tons of cheese was sold on market days. The tradition is continued but now with less than 10% the quantity of cheese.
It looks a lovely spectacle and I know it's popular with tourists. Apparently as many as 100,000 people arrive to see the market each year. The cheese carriers wear traditional costumes as you can see on this postcard. The colours on their hats denote the different groups (or vemen).
One other piece of odd information about Alkmaar - there is a museum dedicated to the Beatles because John Lennon's first guitar was made in the town.
This card was sent to me by Deirdre of Mail Corner. Thank you Deirdre!