Aalsmeer to Zaandam

Our first day of biking was very busy in a touristy way. We started very early with a visit to the flower auction in Aalsmeer , the biggest flower auction in the world in one of the biggest buildings in the world. Millions of flowers are auctioned off on a daily basis and shipped all over the world. The efficiency of the workers was a pleasure to witness. From there we had a visit with family members of Cheryl’s first host family on her IFEY visit to The Netherlands. They took us on a beautiful boat ride around their property. After a cup of coffee with a stroopwafel we went on to the center of Aalsmeer to visit the windmill in town, which they had just opened for us and the gentlemen were enjoying giving us all the details about the mill. And we were still not done. After a quick lunch we cycled a few miles to the Maria Clara farm were we witnessed the making of wooden shoes and cheese. We finished our day with our ride through Amsterdam by way of the 1932 Olympic Stadium.

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