Lani – Kona, Hawaii
Continuing the 1st bus tour trip:
After we finished with the Klompen store, our next stop was a cheese factory in Volendam.
After we got off from the bus, we walked to this Cheese factory. You can see a lot of tourists walking in front of all kinds of stores.
There is a tremendous variety of cheese inside the store. You can pick and choose which one you like. All kinds of flavors, herbs and spices, and some are smoked, young, old, or mature cheeses.
They allowed us to sample small cubes of any cheese in the store. I had such fun tasting all the free samples. The number of choices was overwhelming and gave me a headache trying to decide which cheese to try. Finally, I ended up with a variety of chesses; smoked gouda, and a small sachet of different cheeses.
This woman at the store gave a fun show about how to make cheese.
The people in our group really enjoy shopping. Our motto is: Shop till we drop. We took a ferry to the next stop, Marken place. The ferry had 2 decks, the one on top was open, but it was too cold and windy to sit there. I chose sitting inside with the Indonesian family, so we could chat in Indonesian. We ended up exchanging addresses and phone numbers. The mother invited me to visit when I go back to Indonesia. She owns a Japanese restaurant and shoes factory in Bandung.
This is one among many restaurants. Most of them are selling seafood. I was confused which one to choose. It was lunch time and the aroma was so powerful that it made my stomach growl and my mouth water.
This vendor also made my mouth water, he was selling all kinds of sweets, including waffle top with whip cream, slices of fruits, chocolate, caramel Poffertjes, oliebolen. The owner surprised me, with some Indonesian words. But then when I start talking in Indonesian, he laughed and said: I know only a little bit of Indonesian.
This is another view from the Marken place
After visiting Marken, our trip continued to a windmill.
This is the neighborhood, after we get off from the bus, and we walked through it.
Another alley of the neighborhood
The street was so quiet, and peaceful.
At the bus parking, I spotted some Dutch police on their motorcycles. I didn’t know exactly what was going on.
What a beautiful flower on the way to the windmill place.
We’re finally arrived at the windmill.
I saw a river cruise
This is the windmill
We can go inside and to see how it works.
Houses on the canal are common in the Netherlands
This was the last place on my five hour trip, after this the bus went back to the office.
To be continued…