Subject: Alkmar, The Hague, Maastricht
The cheese market in Alkmaar is very interesting. To watch how they load up the cheese on the truck, wearing costumes that remind me of Italian gondoliers, is a show in itself. I think it's held only on Friday mornings.

Someone mentioned The Hague. If you go there, don't miss Madurodam, the miniature city. There are miniature replicas of many well-known landmarks in Amsterdam (I think of other Dutch cities too).

Maastricht, in the south of the country, is a lovely town to visit. Also Brussels is a lovely city, and isn't very far away.

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