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The boot sale is a quirky thing. I’m not sure if they exist far from the uk. Fill you car with stuff and flog it off out of the boot.
Well here in The Netherlands the principle is alive and well but done in a more charming fashion.
Obviously the bike doesn’t give much scope for capacity but there’s a special Dutch tool for transportation that definitely fits the bill.
It’s called a bak fiets , bak meaning box and fiets meaning bicycle.
So these cleverly designed transport bikes are ideal.
On Sunday there was was a bak fiets sale in the charming town of Leiden. A pedestrian way by a lovely canal played host to this event.
It was formerly the fish market are and this is the fountain where all could access water.
Each stalls older used the opportunity to sell handmade items, baked goods of second hand clothing.
It was delightful, quirky and green.
And the bicycles were a great sight on their own!
I think you’ll agree that it was clever and ingenious.
I’m going to write soon about the tremendous variety of bikes in The Netherlands and the clever ways they are used to keep traffic down, reduce pollution and keep people moving in the fresh air!
(the featured image play on words is pakor suit fiets!
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