A Day Trip To Haarlem, Netherlands
Today there was an odd, yellow glowing ball in the sky and a warm, yellow light being cast over everything. We puzzled over this strange anomaly and finally concluded that this must be the sun finally shining – believe it or not – which we had rarely seen since we arrived in the Netherlands.
We needed a break from bustling Amsterdam, so planned this day trip out from the city. Haarlem is absolutely beautiful and is very quick and easy to reach on the train – about 15-20 minutes from Amsterdam’s Centraal Station.
Haarlem is an ancient city, built in 1245, but has been made somewhat modern. It’s a nice size – 156,000 residents. It sounds like reverse logic, but the locals tell us that many people live in Amsterdam and commute to Haarlem to work.
We truly enjoyed our day – and the rare sunshine – in this beautiful city.
Wandering Around Haarlem
The following four shots are of the Grote of St.-Bavokerk (Great Church of St. Bavos), a beautiful building located in Haarlem’s Grote Markt (“great Market”):
HHmmmmm.. what’s for lunch?
Back to exploring the town after filling our faces:
Night Photography Tour
After a full day in Haarlem, we returned on the train to Amsterdam for the evening’s activities ahead. I had booked a night photography tour with the excellent Amsterdam Photo Safari company, and was lucky enough to once again get Chris Page as the guide/host (as we had last Sunday for our day photo tour). Vince opted out of the night course as he felt it really wasn’t his thing (he’s more a point-and-shoot guy), and night photography is very time consuming and tedious by default.
Here are some of my shots from that session:
A very calm finish to a lovely day…