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“The historic cheese market”
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Cheese Market
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Corvallis, Oregon
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“The historic cheese market”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

It is great to have the chance to see a cheese market functioning as it did hundreds of years ago. The marketplace is used by the neighboring restaurants on other days for outdoor seating, but all that is cleared away for the Friday Cheese Market. I recommend getting there about 15 minutes before the activities start--30 minutes if you want to be at the edge of the activities. It's best to be on the side where the canal is if you are a camera buff (sun angle). There are lots of vendors nearby selling cheese and many other things. After you are done with the market, the town has some interesting sites to see too.

Visited August 2013
6 Thank J7Corvallis
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“You haven't visited the Netherlands until you've visited Alkmaar”
Reviewed 13 September 2013

I was lucky enough to visit the Alkmaar cheese market on its last day and it was definitely my highlight. It portrays the essence of traditional Holland and was a like a dream come true as I had seen photos of it whilst growing up. Obviously there are now modern ways of transporting cheese but I loved how they showcased their countries history. The village itself is absolutely delightful with its boutiques and cafes which made for an incredibly enjoyable morning- who can say no to free cheese samples and watching a clog being miraculously constructed right before their eyes!

Visited September 2013
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Palo Alto, California
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“Enjoy the inspection of the cheeses and then visit the town”
Reviewed 1 September 2013

Every Friday morning (from spring to fall), the cheese market is held on the historic square in Alkmaar. The re enactment shows how cheeses were carried in a traditional way and inspected before they are sold off. It is a popular attraction and important to come early to get a space close to the front to see the action. After the market we loved walking around the beautiful old town of Alkmaar with it's very cute store fronts, canals and cafes. It's an easy walk from the train station to the center of town.

Visited August 2013
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

The entire performance is very enjoyable, with commentary in 4 languages to let the crowds know what is happening. The guys transporting the cheeses certainly do earn their money!

Visited August 2013
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“There is more to life than Gouda”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

This place cannot handle the crowds. Though the concept of an old fashioned cheese market is fun-especially for someone from Wisconsin, this was a major disappointment. Without the aid of the projections on a wall, you cannot see a thing-and I am six feet tall! Do not go for the cheese market, but do visit the town. Alkmaar is very pretty; interesting architecture, beautiful churches-we were fortunate enough to attend and organ recital at St. Lawrence, great restaurants, beautiful canals and the cutest little red light district. It was very interesting to stumble upon a picturesque street where the buildings were decorated with red geraniums. We walked down to see what this enchanting little street offered. Only after we passed a few store fronts - that were very discreet, did we notice the red-lights. Maybe it was subdued for the family oriented cheese market, but still very interesting as an alternative tourist destination. I would have been happier not to have stumbled upon this street and got to see the cheese market.

So don't bother going for the cheese market.

Visited August 2013
3 Thank kwoodRochester
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