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Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Haarlem August 6th 2021

1st of two virtual trips to Haarlem with Mark. A medieval city full of so much history, explained so well by Mark as we strolled through pretty narrow cobbled streets and along the Golden Streets with its unique boutiques. Next, the main market square with its imposing church, city hall, museums and much more. Haarlem has many Hofjes (enclosed courtyard gardens), beautiful green spaces tucked away, most dating back to medieval times. The gardens are surrounded by charitable almshouses and were used to house poor, unmarried or widowed women. We passed Corrie ten Boom House - The Hiding Place is a museum dedicated to the resistance fighter Corrie ten Boom. The museum is housed in her former home. We started the tour overlooking the The Spaarne River and the 2nd tour will be a walk and ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Haarlem September 3rd 2019

Today I left Amsterdam and boarded a train to Haarlem, a town just west of Amsterdam. (When the Harlem in New York was named, New York was New Amsterdam.) The Dutch version is a lovely, quaint town that was enjoyable to walk around. I visited several sights that are worth mentioning. Corrie Ten Boom was a woman who lived in Haarlem during WWII and she worked with the Resistance and hid Jews from the Nazis. She was eventually caught, but survived the Ravensbruck concentration camp and then wrote a book (The Hiding Place) that tells the story of how she and her family hid fugitives behind a false wall. She is credited with saving over 800 lives and I was touched to be able to tour the house and see the hiding place. The false wall ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Haarlem August 27th 2019

Everything comes to an end so our trip and may we say the last one. We had a very good time again but it is getting to costly with travel insurances etc. We celebrated Liz birthday that evening with family in Oudenbos visiting a restaurant called Het Zusje. We have been there once before and was very nice. It is a sort of Tapas place where you can order lots of things to try out. It comes in small portions. There are a few spread out in Holland and is a great success. Next day there were a few tears but than there is always Skype, so not everything is lost. We were also happy to see Ronald & Elly who live in Belgium but very close to Liz brother Hugo. We saw there new home ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Haarlem June 18th 2019

Haarlem, wat ben je mooi! Het plan dat al maanden in mijn hoofd zat en dagen op de planning stond, werd vandaag tot uitvoering gebracht en het was leuk! Even een stapje terug. De ochtend begon in Rotterdam en na netjes de afwas te hebben gedaan – het stond al een tijdje op me te wachten – heb ik mijn tas ingepakt: schoon onderbroekje, shirtje, zonnebrandcrème, (te veel) opladers, portemonnee, ook niet onbelangrijk; het paste allemaal maar net in m’n tas. Nou (s)katjes, tot morgen! Het plan was al vroeg in Haarlem aan te komen dus ik stapte gauw op de fiets naar Rotterdam Centraal waar vanuit mijn reis dan echt begon! De zon hoog aan de hemel, de hemel mooi blauw en een hoop zweetdruppels op mijn voorhoofd later, liep ik tegen het eind van ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Haarlem June 17th 2019

Het is al de hele maand juni en dat betekent dat er al een hoop extra vrije dagen zijn geweest de afgelopen weken: de Paashaas is al langs gehuppeld en al een hele tijd weer weg gehuppeld, de Hemel is open gegaan op een donderdag en het was weer een hele Goede Vrijdag. We hebben onze vrijheid gevierd en waren er weer 2 minuten stil van. Pinksteren was wat winderig en soms wat nattig maar ook die traktatie heb ik in ontvangst mogen nemen. Nogmaals dankjewel. Leuk als die vrije dagen zijn, echt op vakantie ben ik nog niet geweest. Er zijn heus leuke uitstapjes geweest dus ik zal zeker niet klagen, dat neemt niet weg dat ik een semi-onverwachte week vrij wel heel erg lekker vind. Even een stapje terug. Begin deze maand heb ik ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Haarlem May 22nd 2019

Today we were fortunate to have a beautiful, mostly sunny day and so took the opportunity today to relive some our favorite experiences from our stay here 10 years ago. We took our map of Haarlem and went on our own self-guided tour to locate some of the "secret" hofje (alms houses built in the 1500's and 1600's to provide housing for the poor. Even then the Dutch had a solution for the homeless. The we hiked to a park that had the reputation for the best pannenkoeken in town. Found some great apple fritters to complement afternoon coffee and had cheese and bread with Dutch beer for our pre-dinner "snack". Fortunately we had a modest bowl of soup for dinner - which we then topped of with gelato. It is a real good thing that ... read more
An exceptional alms house
Flowers everywhere
Some smaller than others

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Haarlem May 21st 2019

KLM treated us very well. 10+ hour flight with good food, not much turbulence, lots of movies and an empty seat next to us. A two minute walk from customs to a bus that was waiting for us. A 20 min. bus ride on a road that only carries buses and has the intersection lights controlled so the bus doesn't stop. Dutch green pea soup for dinner on a chilly evening. Haarlem is like a mini Amsterdam. Neat, quaint but not crowded. Now to get some rest in our cute "little" hotel (a 3 room hotel) and explore a bit tomorrow.... read more
Room with a kitchen
Centrum Square
On the square

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Haarlem May 28th 2017

Note: I started and finished my month long Netherlands adventure in Haarlem cus of its convenient access to Amsterdam and to Schiphol Airport. I arrived by train to the Haarlem Station and walked to the Amadeus Hotel and checked in. It was Markt (market) day there and I checked out the many vendors there without buying anything. I walked to the nearby Kenaupark (a Haarlem city park) wanting to kick back in a country setting here in the middle of Haarlem. This (free) park was perfect for me with views of nice expensive houses, walking trails, sitting benches, and lots of really nice trees. There were nice canals there for the Netherlands experience. This was not my only visit to Kenaupark to relax and enjoy Haarlem. On my walk back I made a stop at Chef's ... read more
Haarlem Station
Haarlem Station

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Haarlem May 28th 2017

A TB friend gave me a ride to the Haarlem City Gate in his new car. The city gate is an impressive old structure that has several Dutch names including Amsterdamse Poort. This neat City Gate was constructed in 1355 AD when Haarlem was a walled city for defense. Through the years the City of Haarlem was sieged by armies a number of times; with the City Wall (with moat) and the City Gates greatly helping in the defense of the city. Traffic flowed through this City Gate through the 1600s before being rendered obsolete. There were several renovations to the City Gate with the last major renovation in 1985. This is the only remaining City Gate in Haarlem. completed... read more
TB friend
Haarlem City Gate
Haarlem City Gate

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Haarlem May 5th 2017

It was a nice warm late morning when I took a walk through a very nice Haarlem City Park. (Note: the buildings in my pics are outside of the City Park.) Like in many towns in Holland, there are free open public parks with walking trails and canals. I enjoyed the tranquility as I took my time strolling by the nice trees and canals. I took a break sitting on a convenient bench by the walking trail. I had a few good hours in this nice Park. While walking back to my hotel I herd from the locals that something big was happening this evening in Haarlem, Amsterdam, and other Dutch towns. I made a stop at a fast food place for a good munch. I rested at my hotel room and got some warm clothes ... read more
Haarlem Park
Haarlem Park
Haarlem Park

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