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We visited the cheese market in Alkmaar:

Dutch cheese farmers traditionally brought their cheeses to the market square in town to sell. Teams of official guild cheese-porters, identified by differently coloured straw hats associated with their forwarding company, carried the farmers' cheese on barrows, which typically weighed about 160 kilograms. Buyers then sampled the cheeses and negotiated a price using a ritual system called "handjeklap" in which buyers and sellers clap each other's hands and shout prices.Once a price is agreed, the porters carry the cheese to the weighing house and scale of their company.
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Jul 15 2013 18:51 GMT hans55 PRO
so very very Dutch !! :-)
Jul 15 2013 21:35 GMT MargNZ
That is a lot of cheese Annamaria ! Wonderful to see the old ways still continued ... love it :))
Jul 15 2013 22:16 GMT wijnie58
Great picture of the cheese-market...Annamaria..:-))
Jul 15 2013 22:26 GMT superJoan
Welcome back Annamaria...what a great shot of the Alkmaar cheese market...just as I expected it to be
Jul 15 2013 23:13 GMT clintonfolks
fantastic.!!
Jul 16 2013 03:47 GMT fhelsing PRO
very interesting!
Jul 19 2013 18:48 GMT elsje323
great scene
Jul 19 2013 22:27 GMT calytexi
Great information. I love the way they are carrying them.

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