Our trip to Haarlem & the beach

Oh, the neglect!

I haven’t posted anything here in a while, have I? My bad. I don’t know what happened there. Sometimes when you have so many things you want to write about, and so many tidbits jingling around in your brain, that it becomes too much to organize into cohesive thoughts so you just don’t write anything at all. Or is that just me?

Anyways, let the posting begin!

The weather hasn’t been so good here lately. And by ‘lately’ I really mean ‘all summer’. Boo. The temperature here sits around 18-24 degrees, which is okay… but it’s not really warm. My skirts and sun dresses sit in the dresser, longing to be worn. Usually it’s cloudy, and there is frequent rain. Today it was a torrential downpour. But, in Holland’s defense, we did have a really great spring.

Ahh, yes, spring. I remember back to a sunny, 30 degree day back at the end of June. Michiel and I decided to capitalize on the weather by going to the beach! We had an unlimited day-pass for train travel in the Netherlands, so we rode up to Amsterdam and from there to Zandvoort aan Zee. Much of the coast of Holland is sandy, and this Zandvoort place (that I lovingly call “Sand-fart” since that’s what the name makes me think of) is a real hot spot for beach-goers.

It was a little crowded, but there was enough sand and sea for everyone. I even took a little dip in the ocean! Afterwards, we found our way to Haarlem, a town with the charm of Amsterdam but without the crowds. It has the same quaint buildings and winding canals, but it is less crammed with tourists. My parents went to Haarlem when they were here and loved it, so we had to check it out. To be honest I prefer Amsterdam, but maybe that’s the city girl in me talking.

Here are some photos!

Zandvoort aan Zee!

Reeeeeally crowded...

But what a nice day it was!

Heeeeeere's Haarlem!

Church

Classic architecture

Sunny day!

I was very curious about this crazy little place

Canal

We stopped for a drink along the canal

And that was Haarlem.

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2 Responses to Our trip to Haarlem & the beach

  1. Catherine says:

    Looks like everyone in Holland has the same beach idea that day! Nice pics as always. If it’s any consolation, our summer here in N. S. has been very much the same. Some days were warm but around 2:30 it cooled down and the evenings were cold. Hardly had dinner outside at all for most of the summer. It has improved just lately – Hurricane Irene not withstanding. Halifax only got strong wind which has calmed down today. However, driving back from Toronto through New Brunswick yesterday was a challenge in the heavy rain. We cut our trip a bit short as we originally planned to go back through the US but New England got hammered with it and then Quebec but we had already passed through Quebec by the time it arrived there. Anyway, hope you get some sun before it turns info fall!

  2. Dad says:

    By the looks of your pictures….everyone in Haarlem was at the beach…!

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