At the famous Kaasmarkt in Edam (Noord-Holland) this morning, a remarkably photogenic little girl was playing the accordion, while seated on a stack of cheese wheels. Of course, I put a couple of euros in her spare clog to encourage her talent, as well as thank her for the photos.
I was impressed with this girl's confidence, as much as her musical ability.
I took over 700 photos of today's Kaasmarkt festivities, so expect more posts soon. Edam's cheese market originated in the 16th-century and continued until 1922. The market re-enactments every Wednesday morning during July and August draw visitors from around the world. Today I heard Italian, French, Spanish and Russia being spoken in Edam.
Traditionally, wheels of cheese are brought by boats and transported to the market square, where buyers and sellers bargain for the best price and the finest cheese. But the Edam cheese exported abroad isn't the same quality as Edam cheese in the Netherlands - the Dutch save the best for themselves!