Yesterday was a quiet day in Wijk aan Zee: free day! For those who wanted to take their mind off chess, a trip to Haarlem was organized.
17 people were present at 10 o'clock, when our journey started...
The city is located on the river Spaarne, about 20 km west of Amsterdam and near the coastal dunes. It has been the historical center of the tulip bulb-growing district for centuries and bears the nickname 'Bloemenstad' (flower city), for this reason.
The historical city centre of Haarlem is a treasure trove full of exceptional monuments. In our tour we passed by magnificent monumental architecture, we visited surprising "hidden green oases" - known as the "almshouses", enjoyed a lot the beer tasting of the famous local beer, called "Jopen", brewed in a former church, and, after so many efforts, ended our day with a delicious dinner in the restaurant of Hotel Carlton.
Here are the pictures:
|The Dutch Governement decided to cut the fonds for Culture|
and the flags you can see here, placed in fronth of the theater, say:
"Holland screams for culture" - an attempt to draw attention towards it.
|Why did we stop right here, in front of this shop?!|
|That's why! Right next to the shop was the entrance to an almhouse, entrance almost impossible to spot out:)|
|We all agreed that we don't see so often such a big and healthy cat:)|
|Now anybody can live here, not only the elderly people, with only one condition: you have to wait on a list to be eligible for such a home.|
|Having a rest inside of the almhouse you just saw in the previous pictures.|
Tea, coffee, sanwiches, small break before we continued:)
|The famous Dutch wooden shoes:)|
|I had the impression that somehow...they were a little bit big:)|
|A group picture on the stairs of the city hall, where usually the wedding photos are being taken:)|
|At the end of 2005 it was announced that the old Wijnkerk in Haarlem will be transformed into a cafe/brewery, and will open in November 2007. Jopen won two silver medals at the 2008 World Beer Championship.|
|Everybody had questions and we all enjoyed the beer.|
Ilya wisely skipped it, my husband tasted just a little bit and David tried only the third one - professional attitude:)
|The first two beers were dark in colour and the best is to drink them when they get warmer, like red wine. I didn't know this before, but just found out:)|
|That was it! Personally, I liked the second one: Koyt:)|
|The cafe/brewery seen from above.|
|Another almhouse on our way to the the next stop.|
|The Restaurant of the Carlton Hotel.|
|Time to go back to Wijk aan Zee...wonderful day!|