Museums and Windmills
The V&D department store is known for its panoramic view from the cafe on the top floor. We decided to check it out and discovered a market style cafe with farm fresh salads, fruits, and appealing fruit juices in glass containers with fresh fruit inside.
Our map showed a windmill museum just down the road along the canal. We got there just as public tours were closing, but a kind woman agreed to give us a private tour. We learned about the technology behind windmills as well as their purpose in the Netherlands today. Dave asked our guide if she has heard of Rick Steves, Much to our surprise she said, " Yes. A Rick Steves' tour will be here in 15 minutes." Rick's tours often start here in Haarlem and we both agreed that if you are planning a European tour, Haarlem is a great place to begin your journey.