Our weekend in Provence continues with a trip to Uzès, located 35kms west of Avignon.  We had heard that the Saturday markets were popular, but we weren’t quite prepared for what was to come.  The main street of Uzès was packed.  Not just with cars mind you, but with people who must have come in from miles and miles around to poke through the seemingly endless supply of Provincial produce.  From local cheese to hand-made soap and from leg ham to fig-encrusted nougat, this place had it all.  All one had to do was wander the streets and kick out a bit of high-school French and you were good to go…

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June 4, 2010

NoordermarktAfter last week’s experiences with the Albert Cuypmarkt, it seemed prudent to try the other “talked about” market in Amsterdam, the Noordermarkt (North Market).  As the story goes, one should visit the Noordermarkt on a Saturday morning, where you can take advantage of the boerenmarkt (farmer’s market) as well as a leisurely walk around the flea markets, where you can find an abundance of interesting trinkets.  Sifting through the contents of someone’s house might not appeal to everyone, but here it is certainly a low-cost way to spend a Saturday morning.  Besides, if you happen to get hungry, there is always apple pie close by. Read the rest of this entry »

Rumour had it that Winkel 43 had the “lekkerst” Apple Pie in all of Amsterdam, and we were standing beside it.  Should we venture inside?  Of course we should you idiot.  If you think you are standing next to “the best” of something, you should probably go and check it out as a matter of principle.  Needless to say, we went inside and did the standard – pie and a coffee. Read the rest of this entry »

Albert Cuypmarkt

May 27, 2010

Hey thanks! Yeah I’ll have that spring roll for a euro! Oh, and that delicious, hot stroopwafel, alstublieft. Oh, you want to give me that freshly squeezed orange juice too? While we are here, let’s just get a kilo of chicken fillets for five euro, and a bag of 20 red chilies for 1.50. Chili Chicken anyone?

Consider this your only warning! The Albert Cuypmarkt is awesome. Located on Albert Cuypstraat in the Amsterdam suburb of De Pijp, it’s a short stroll from the Heineken Experience. It is large, meaning that it has over 300 stalls, and it is diverse, meaning that in the space of just a few blocks, you can get practically anything.  So, make sure to bring some coin, and a backpack of some kind, because you wont be going home empty handed.  You cannot resist its powers.  If you didn’t bring a wad of money, you’ll end up walking all over town looking for a geldautomat and, I don’t know about you, but I still can’t say that in Dutch.

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