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Old October 10th, 2011, 12:27 PM   #1
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NETHERLANDS: Alkmaar

Alkmaar is where I live.



Alkmaar is a nice historic city. It is not far from Amsterdam and a popular destination for tourists, especially on friday, when the traditional cheese market is held. Alkmaar is not that special, it is an average Dutch city with canals, brick buildings and boring suburbs where commuters live. There are some interesting features, like the 19th century neighbourhoods on the sands (sand is a scarce soil in the west of the Netherlands) and the large gothic church in Brabantic style. Alkmaar is not unique, not thrilling, not a must see - but it is not bad either. Alkmaar is good enough, that's why I like it.

In this first post, I'll show you around on the dry soil of the innercity. This part of Alkmaar has an old grid pattern, narrow streets and some squares.

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Old October 10th, 2011, 12:33 PM   #2
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Alkmaar: the city walls and their surroundings

The old city walls of Alkmaar where converted into a park during the 19th century.

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The "Sint-Laurens" (Saint-Lawrence Church) never had a tower.

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A catholic church.

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Holland, remember?

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Old October 10th, 2011, 12:36 PM   #3
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Alkmaar: neighboorhoods just outside the innercity

This is a typical neighboorhood close to the city centre. Most buildings were build in the 19th and early 20th century.

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Narrow streets...

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Catholic primary school.

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Catholic secundary school.

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Old October 10th, 2011, 12:41 PM   #4
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Alkmaar: an overview

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The Beer Museum and the Beer Pub (where they sell Dutch & Belgian ales)

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Old October 10th, 2011, 07:19 PM   #5
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Alkmaar is a beautiful, very nice place thanks for those shots
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Old October 11th, 2011, 12:48 AM   #6
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Nice pictures! I never been to Alkmaar yet, but your picturs gave me an reason to visit it.
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Old October 11th, 2011, 10:09 AM   #7
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Thanks for sharing your nice pics of Alkmaar....
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