Friday, 26 October 2012

Amsterdam: Two Little Piggies Go to Market!

The big K and I love going to local markets, mainly because of the local food! There is something intrinsically special with local markets. The explosion of colors, the different sounds, the aromas that will assault your senses once you arrive is something else!  

As my blog moves along you will be reading a lot of posts about the different local markets the big K and I have visited in our travels. On this leg of the trip, we visited two well-known markets in Amsterdam, the Bloemenmarkt or the Flower Market and the Albert Cuyp street market.

The Bloemenmarkt is the world's biggest floating flower market (assuming, of course, that you believe everything you read on the internet). But whatever. It is big. It is located on the Singel canal, they have just about everything plant related and a few that aren't.
Flower stalls on floating barges.
Pretty flowers all in a row.....
I was waiting for it to do an Audrey II.....
A gardener's delight!
Didn't know there were black tulips in existence. That just shows how much I know about plants!
Okay....Need I say more?
"Where's the bag of gold?" asks the big K.
Next stop, the Albert Cuypmarkt. A popular street market on the De Pijp area of Amsterdam. The market has over two hundred stalls selling almost everything.
The street and market is named after a 17th century Dutch painter.
Don't let the stern-looking guy put you off. The herring he sells is very good!
I said "Cheese!" and I got somewhat of a smile from the guy.
Melts in your mouth ham!
With vegetables this colorful, I wouldn't mind becoming a vegetarian.
Too bad they didn't have them in my size.
 Naked Fig Newtons! 
I'm getting one of these when we get home.