IN AMSTERDAM, SATURDAY'S NOORDERMARKT IS IN FULL SWING
Early morning in Amsterdam on the narrow streets beside the Prinsengracht (Prince's Canal) brings a myriad of cyclists, string bags filled with vegetables dangling from handlebars, shopping baskets overflowing with tulips and goldenrod tossing in the wind.
Trees smothered with rosettes of pale new leaves line every canal. On house walls, gnarled quince vines sprinkled with scarlet blossoms beckon passing artists to paint.
Saturday markets are a Dutch tradition and the 'Noordermarkt' in the Jordaan is a favourite. Here shoppers wander through narrow aisles buying Dutch cheeses, organically grown fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs and flowers. Early in the day the Vogeltjes market (Bird market) does brisk business selling fantail pigeons and a variety of fancy fowl.
Posted by Anne Gordon on the 19th September, 2010.