Sunday, February 26, 2012

Day trip to Haarlem

Today was the first Sunday since we got our new bikes when we've been in town and it hasn't been raining, so it was time to take them out for their maiden voyage. We rode over to Haarlem, which is far enough to be a ride, but not so far as to be a problem if we have mechanical difficulties.

Haarlem is lovely. It's got all the personality of Amsterdam, but in a much smaller package. The canals are beautiful and there are the same sorts of architecture.

We had intended on going to the main church, De Grote of St. Bavokerk. Ironically, it's closed on Sundays, so we lost out there.

However, we did go to the Teylers Museum. This place was fantastic. It has an eclectic mis of wonderful stuff including two rooms full of fossils, ancient scientific equipment, 17th century Dutch art, coins and right now an amazing temporary collection of Dutch history represented through medals. Super interesting, even if most of the exhibit descriptions were in Dutch. I can't wait to take my niece and nephew there, particularly so Cameron can see the fossils and crystals.

Plus, the building itself is beautiful.  A few photos:

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