After parking nearby we walked through the Alkmaar city centrum where there were lots of shops, restaurants, a church, etc, and continued until we got to the square. They had the middle of the square sectioned off so that the professionals could do their thing. The men were dressed in interesting garb, and the ladies looked like they were straight out of the Sound of Music (but with wooden clogs). Two men would run across the stone square carrying a low-swinging board between them, piled with gigantic wheels of cheese. They do taste-testings, weigh the cheese, and then price it. It was so interesting to watch!
We then decided it was time to let the boys out of the stroller because they were beginning to get restless. We walked to a nearby church that had a nice side yard where two toddler boys could so some exploring. I think they ran around for a good 45 minutes, just checking things out and seeing what trouble they could get into!
After playing for a while it was time to eat -- which can go either way these days. Sometimes restaurants are fine and Liam does great, but if we're waiting around too long he lets us know he needs a change of scenery very quickly! We attempted a little cafe for some tostis and frites . . . they were doing fine until they weren't, at which point we said, "Check please!"
We began to make our way back to the car, stopping for a little ice cream treat -- as much a treat for us as for the boys! This was Liam's first taste of a milkshake and he LOVED it, of course.
|milkshakes and Mom's leftover cones -- YUM!|