Cheese market, Gouda, Netherlands

The traditional cheese market is a spectacular and historic scene, held every Thursday morning until the end of August. Farmers negotiate over the price with the traders in front of the Waag (the Weighing House). The deal is still sealed with a handshake, as it has been for centuries. The cheeses are delivered to and from the market on wagonettes and weighed after the sale in the monumental Goudse Waag building.