Close to Amsterdam and for a good reason popular with both tourists and locals. Haarlem has many boutique shops, pretty historic houses and many terraces, perfect for a day-trip.

This specific Sunday many are out, accompanied by kids and dogs, to enjoy the day. I feel the urgent need to take pictures, many many pictures, of these dogs. (To the annoyance of my friend who prefers to walk on the other side of the street if he sees them approaching)

 

Unfortunately the little courtyards with almshouses are closed today, and that is probably a good thing because that makes me want to come back for further exploration even more. Even the stores are located in beautiful old buildings.

So if you visit Amsterdam, or want to visit another town in our little country, Haarlem is worth your consideration. And make sure you don’t miss Mogador‘s  coffee!