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In 2009 I had the occasion to visit the Netherlands thanks to a friend of mine living there. She invited me to her town where I spent most of my time and visited Amsterdam only for one day.
I have to admit, my first impression of Amsterdam was not the greatest one. I was sort of unimpressed by the capital. It’s a beautiful place but I found it a little overrated after visiting many places in Europe. In fact, I really liked the little city of Alkmaar instead. This quiet city of 95,000 inhabitants located North of Amsterdam is a popular cultural destination for tourists bored of the capital.
It is famous for the popular Cheese Market that runs from April to September. It is one of only four traditional Dutch cheese markets still in existence.
As in most places in the Netherlands, Alkmaar is a very chill place to be. People seem relaxed, bikes are everywhere and windmills stand lazily under gray skies next to the canals.
A very nice place to hang out away from the crowd.
Things I love today:
The smell of old books
The taste of Kinder chocolate
The sight of pebbles
The sound of chill music from Stereomood
The feel of a relaxing lazy day
One filter that you should have is a polarizing filter. It cuts the glare from the sun, adds contrast and makes colors look richer. Polarizing filters work best when shooting with the sun on your side (90 degrees from your lens).
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