Exploring More of the Low Countries
The best way to start a summer morning on a Belgian holiday is with homemade Belgian waffles. Ours at the hotel came hot off the waffle iron dusted with powdered sugar with a side of ripe juicy strawberries.
Haarlem, Netherlands is beautiful. The people here are very fit, but it could be that riding a bike for all ages is part of the culture and not a Tour de France outfit in sight. We have also noticed that no one uses a bike lock.
There are gabled brick houses everywhere near our hotel. We explored a quiet cobblestone residential street and were surprisd at how peaceful it was when it's actually next door to a thriving business area with a lot of shops, We are Nespresso coffee drinkers and in front of a Nespresso shop, a smartly dressed man was playing a saxophone. We ended up inside where a party was taking place complete with caterers to celebrate the opening day.
Tonight we walked around town and down to the Fran's Hall Museum in an elegant neighborhood. I loved looking at the tiny boats in the canal as we headed back to our accommodation, Right now it's 10:15, but we are so far north, it is not quite dark yet. Outside our window people are enjoying the ambiance. European holiday has begun!