Aalsmeer Flower Auction

While Mike was slaving away at Electrolux, I was off visiting my friends in the Netherlands, Amanda and Martha. This trip was to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction near Amsterdam's Schipool Airport. The auction hours are 6:30 am to 9:30 am so we had to get on the road early since we were about two hours away. As an added bonus we got to enjoy Amsterdam's morning rush hour traffic but it was well worth the early start. The auction complex was opened in 1972 and approximately 19 million flowers and 2 million plants are sold at Aalsmeer daily. Around 7000 growers supply the flowers worldwide, and they are bought by 1375 wholesalers and exporters. Within a couple of hours they're exported to almost every country in the world. The whole process is just amazing to see.

Here is a link to the Aalsmeer website if you're interested

After we left Amsterdam, we made a brief stopp in Gouda. Gouda is a very quaint town with canals running through it. I of course bought some cheese!!

Flowers headed to auction:

Let the bidding begin:

Intense:

Sorting the flowers for their destination:

More flowers:

A closer look at the information boards and the flower trolleys:

The warehouse is so big that employees ride bicycles to get around:

Some interesting facts:

Gouda's gorgeous Town Hall:

Canal sided street:

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