Danube River in Austria

September 2018

Tot ziens Haarlem

Submitted by mag on Mon, 09/03/2018 - 07:20

Our last days in Haarlem were spent mainly on the logistics of getting the bikes to Bike Totaal Van Tunen in Beverwijk for storage until next summer, and then getting ourselves and gear to the bus stop to get to the plane for home.   We had a very convenient airbnb (complete with resident cats) about 1 km north of the RR/Bus station.   A short pleasant walk that can feel very long with a heavy burden - 2 months supply of bike gear and personal gear adds up.  We need to do better in this area. 

Haarlem's Secret Gardens

Submitted by mag on Sun, 09/02/2018 - 05:52

One thing I always wanted to do was explore Haarlem's  "Secret Gardens" - the Hofjes or Almshouses - tiny houses around a hidden central courtyard - that were orginally, starting in the 13th century, built by wealthy benefactors to house poor women but are now a social living facility centered around a lovely shared courtyard.  A model worth studying and emulating.  Many of the courtyards are open to the public at certain hours.