Roundtour fields of Tulips and Cheese market at Alkmaar
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On the 5th of may in 2006 ( We were free for work then because it is the national Liberation Day of Holland) we went on a roundtour to see the beautiful fields of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths near the "Keukenhof" which is famous of the beautiful flowers!!
And we went also to the Cheese market in Alkmaar which is famous too! We had a wonderful day with lots of sunshine.
"Victory began in Alkmaar". This saying refers to one of the most famous episodes in the history of Alkmaar: its defeat of the besieging Spaniards in 1573. The legacy of this rich and illustrious past is still in evidence in the cosy city centre. The canals with their characteristic drawbridges, the numerous historic buildings, the peaceful courtyards, the old facades and the narrow shopping streets give the centre of the city its very special atmosphere.
Over the course of the centuries Alkmaar has developed into an attractive medium-sized city with numerous residential, employment and recreational facilities. Its strengths are the appealing residential locations in neighbourhoods with their own character, and the versatile economic environment with clusters of all types of services. The people of Alkmaar are proud of ‘their’ Canada Square, the sparkling new cultural location where five major cultural institutions present a broad palette of exhibitions, theatre, art, music, books and new media. For tourists, too, Alkmaar is a well-loved destination. There is of course the cheese market, that attracts thousands of people from all over the world, but the beach and Amsterdam with Schiphol Airport are both nearby. Alkmaar: cheese, coast, and culture!
Alkmaar is located in a typical Dutch polder landscape, close to a major nature reserve with dunes, beach, woods and water, water everywhere.