S: The Kingdom of The Netherlands 2011 Dave & Karen Miles
2: After a short bus ride from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, on the red #300 bus, we arrived at our destination city of Haarlem. It is here we shall call home for the next few days to experience the people, architecture, culture and the culinary delights of our gracious hosts, the Dutch people. | St. Bravo from the Ambassador Hotel | St Bravo on the Grote Markt | Holland's greatest pipe organ (1738) 100' high, 5,000 pipes
3: Haarlem Railway Station | Vleeshuis - (old Meat house) Flesher's Hall (1602) | The 'Grote Markt' Central Market Square of Haarlem | Waar kan ik kopen goede Stroopwafels? | A little chapel in back of the Grote Kerk
4: Richard, Cindy & Dave enjoying a beer in Haarlem near our hotel | This is a two-wheeled long box for kids & shopping (Country Squire Station Wagon) | Typical Haarlem Street | The 'Zonnevechter'
5: Sculpture is on the Haarlem side (Spaarnwouderstraat) of the Old City Gate depicting Kenan Simonsdochter Haaselaer - 1516-1588 - folk hero for defense of Haarlem against the Spainish invasion of 1573 | A Haarlem street | Breakfast off the 'Grote Markt' | Statue of Laurens Janszoon CosterJohannes Gutenberg
6: The Adriaan windmill is a smock mill, a wooden towered mill, built in 1778 on the foundations of an ancient defensive tower near the center of town. In 1932 the windmill burnt to the ground. The local citizens have rebuilt it and 70 years after the fire it now shares the Haarlem skyline with its' spinning sails | We had a private tour with a new volunteer guide - she was very nice and the tour was excellent - the workings of the mill were numerous and interesting. | This photo from the Koudenhorn - Karen along the Spaarne with Adriaan in the background | Miller's adjusting the sails | Each sail position on the windmill has a meaning to the Miller's
7: 'Gravestenenburg' on the Spaarne River | Along the Spaarne River | Karen at the Amsterdamse Poort | Amsterdamse Poort - old city Gate 1355
8: Corrie ten Boomhuis house & museum | During the Second World War the Ten Boom home became a refuge, a hiding place for fugitives and those hunted by the Nazis. This non-violent resistance against the Nazi regime was the Ten Booms' way of living out their Christian faith. On Feb. 28, 1944 the family was betrayed and the Gestapo raided their home. They were imprisoned and sent to the camps. Corrie survived the camps and began ministering around the world. She wrote her story in The Hiding Place and Tramp For The Lord. | Tyler's Museum | The street of Donkere Spaarne & Tyler's Museum | Statue of Lauren Janszoon Koster (1856)
9: Frans Hals Museum | Haarlem City Hall | Along the Oude Groenmarkt number 22 is our hotel- 'The Ambassador' | Ceiling of the Grote Kirk | The Haarlem Prison from the Adriaan Windmill
10: Richard & Cindy enjoying Gelato a couple of doors down from our hotel | On the 2nd day we had breakfast at a small cafe on the Spaarne-Fresh squeezed orange juice, eggs, cheese, bacon, tomatoes- It was good! | Typical Haarlem Street | A 'Coffeeshop' - Haarlem (Dutch-gedoogbeleid) | Licensed Dutch 'Coffeeshops' are establishments in the Netherlands where the sale of cannabis & other drugs in small quantities for personal consumption by the public is tolerated. Cannabis is still illegal in the Netherlands. In May of 2011, the Netherlands has restricted these Coffeeshops to sell only to the Dutch. In 2012 the Coffeeshops will become private clubs for Dutch citizens only.
11: Along the Spaarne - Haarlem | Hofje- A Dutch word for a courtyard with almshouses around it. They have existed since the middle ages. A Hofje provided housing for elderly people (mostly women). They were privately funded, and served as a form of social security. Hofjes are usually bulit U-shaped with a garden in the middle, and a gate as an entrance. | Hofje van Noblet - Haarlem | When the front gate or door is unlocked, visitors are welcome to come in and view the gardens | Hofje van Noblet - Front entrance to the Nieuwegracht | The Hofje van Noblet was built in 1761 from the legacy of leonard Noblet and his sisters Sara en Geertruda
12: Entrance to Keukenhof | Statues throughout the gardens | Richard, Karen & I at the front entrance | Calliope just inside the front entrance | A 32-hectare park that has 15 kilometers of footpaths, unique flower shows in different pavilions, fountains, and exquisite works of art | Our bus tickets from Haarlem to Lisse | Keukenhof means 'Kitchen Garden'
13: Cindy, Richard & I enjoying 'Poffertjies' (little sugar donuts cooked on the spot) | Karen likes the 'Poffertjies' also! | Late blooming Tulips | Poffertjies are a traditional Dutch treat, like small fluffy pancakes. They are made in special cast-iron or copper pans with yeast & buckwheat flour. They have a light spongy texture and are usually served with powdered sugar, butter or syrup.
15: A 'Shanty' is a song that was sung on the job aboard large sailing ships. There are many types of Shanties, depending on the type of work done on the ship. These are often songs of faraway places, love, women and maybe protest against the poor working conditions & the tyranny of the captain, mates & boatswain. | Shantykoor De Zilk Established in 2005 | We had the chance to experience the voices of 'Shantykoor De Zilk' who happened to be performing at the Keukenhof windmill. | A Shanty Choir can only exist of men's voices.
16: Here I am enjoying my favorite Dutch food 'Stroopwafels' | Modern art throughout the gardens | Flowers on display | For nine weeks each year, flower growers, breeders, and product groups present to the world a high quality flower exhibition.
17: 'Tree Monkeys' - (Cindy, Richard & Karen) | Flower display on a boat in the garden's Canal | Kangaroo Chair | Modern art along the lake
19: Karen can walk on water! (Central Pond) | These are going to be Big shoes to fill!
20: Exhibition Hall Flower Displays | One of the pavilions and a sample of the many, many flower displays
21: Fun inside!
22: Late blooming flowers | Quiet paths
23: Water & art | Works of Art | Statues | Taking a rest
24: Caught the train to Zandvoort our third day. About a twelve to fifteen minute ride from Haarlem. The trains in the Netherlands were always on time, clean, quiet, and cheap. | Karen, Dave & Richard at Haarlem Station getting ready to depart for Zandvoort | Arrival in the seaside town of Zandvoort | Cindy & Karen- doing what? | One of the beach entrances
25: Karen by the Sea, camera in hand | Zandvoort is one of the Netherlands major beach resorts, it has a long sandy beach bordered by coastal dunes. | Karen telling Richard that the North Sea foam isn't laundry soap | Cindy just posing | Surfing in the Netherlands?
26: My castle is ruined | Kite surfing or kite boarding as it is sometimes called in the Netherlands | Karen,Dave and Richard at the entrance to one of the beaches
27: Foam covered beach goers | Lots of sand and beach | Time to pause & refresh | Karen leading the way to the Bar
28: Mom with a kid hauler in front and rear, and saddle bags | This is a three-wheeled kid hauler front with double saddle bags rear | Kid hauler in front and rear, with windshield & milk box basket front | The Deluxe three-wheeled business man's double front passenger hauler | Tiny front wheeled, huge rear wheeled, high-seated hauler | Mom with a kid hauler rear, saddle bags, and covered child trailer in tow | Dutch Bikes | The Dutch 'Red Bikes' & a downtown Parking Garage? | 3-Wheeled front loading Flatbed
29: This is a covered short box kid hauler (in Dutch orange) with a cover | This is a 'Boyfriend in front, girlfriend in rear side saddle' hauler | A covered short box two kid hauler with a 'sky dome' | This is a three-wheeled long box for shopping | This is a 'Mom in front, daughter in rear' hauler | This is a short box for shopping | These are the 'fold em up' put em in your pocket bikes | This is a two-wheeled scooter-'no pedals' bike | 'bak' means box 'fiets' means bike
30: Dutch Air Force secret 'Stealth Flying Bike' | Karen riding the 'Huge front wheeled, tiny rear wheeled, old fashioned single seater' | Cindy on the 'Push Me, Pull Me' bike
31: Our first group dinner was here at the 'Laughing Javanese' | Indonesian 'rijsttafel' (a Dutch word that translates to 'rice table' from an Indonesian feast called 'nasi padang') it consists of several side dishes accompanied by rice prepared several different ways | Karen, I and Richard enjoying our rijsttafel | Good conversation while waiting for all the different dishes to be brought out
32: The skinniest house in the Netherlands | Train tickets to Amsterdam from Haarlem | The Royal Palace (Koninklijk) Dam Square - served as a Town Hall until 1808 | Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) | The Montelbaanstoren Tower on the Oudeschans canal (1516)
33: Tram tickets for Amsterdam | Men's public toilet | Madam Tussauds on Dam Square | Corneilis Hendrik Peter's Post Office (1899) now Magna Plaza Shopping Center | Oude Kerk (Old Church)
34: The National Monument - Tribute to victims of WWII | Amsterdam Diamond Center | The Engelse Kerk (English Reformed Church) The Pilgrims had their last service here in this church before coming to America | Along the Amstel
35: Along the Amstel | An old city Gate | Unusual clock on the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) | Magere Burg 'Skinny Bridge'
36: Seven bridges from the Reguliersgracht Canal | Houseboats along the canals | Westerkerk (Western Church) | Sint Nicolaaskerk - Church of Saint Nicholas
37: An 'Umbrella Church' | Interior of the Umbrella Church | Heineken Brewery | Noorderkerk (Northern Church) 1620-1623
38: Dutch boat looked nice so I took a photo | The 'Waag' one of the old towers from its' walled city days | 'The Skinny Bridge' (the other side)
39: Richard, Cindy & Karen enjoying the boat ride | It had rained for a little bit this morning & the boat ride was just perfect - stopped raining when we were done | Blauwbrug (Blue Bridge) connects Waterlooplein (a Square in the center of the city) with the Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt Square - another major square in the city center)
40: Karen at the park across from the Rijkmuseum | Yes, we went through the Red light district - (just window shopping) | Begijnhof - One of the oldest inner courts in the city of Amsterdam, a group of historic buildings, mostly private dwellings created for widows & orphans whose husbands were lost at sea, paid for by wealthy merchants. | City Tram
41: Our entrance tickets | No Pictures Allowed | Still life with gilt goblet Willem Claesz Heda oil on panel 1635 | Michiel de Ruyter goblet gold & enamel 1667 | Rijkmuseum was under renovation during our visit
42: Karen at the Anne Frank statue - the house is a block around the corner, | Anne Frank house in blue in the left hand picture
43: The interior of the house | The house is on Prinsengracht Canal in Amsterdam and was built in 1635 & renovated in 1739
44: Small Farmhouse, Harreveld | Day Laborer's cottage, Nunspeet | Barn | Sign at the entrance to the Museum | Stroopwafels A waffle made from two thin layers of baked batter with carmel-like syrup filling in the middle - first made in 1784 in Gouda. People put them on top of their coffee cups to warm them as a breakfast snack
45: Pedestrian Bridge | Zus & Jet old-fashioned shop - | Platform Mill, Delft | Carriage barn
46: Bee Exhibition | Having fun on Zaan Square | Drainage Mill | Bleachery-laundry, Overveen
47: Forge, Loerbeek | Wheelwright Workshop, t' Woold | Tiel, Van Gend & Loos goods shed
48: Baby's highchair | Hanekamp Restaurant - we enjoyed a delicious lunch | We had 3 different types of Pannekoeken's for lunch | Making Pannekoeke's
49: Tram Depot, Arnhem
50: Cindy, Richard Karen and I walking into the 'Brewery', Ulvenhout | 'Beer is the drink for everyone' | One of the displays of the history of Beer & Brewing in the Netherlands
51: Horse-driven oil mill, Zieuwent
52: Brabant Cafe, Budal | Weaver's House | Old Horse drawn wagon
53: Merchant House Garden | Merchant House | Green Maze