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I live in Haarlem, the Netherlands, at about 2 km north of the heart
of the city: the tower of the old Bavo Church. this image was taken
from a 2 km distance!
with just a silly philips webcam!
( uh, and a 400mm Sigma :-))
click on the picture for more
about Haarlem >
- the three michelin stars; worth a journey; vaut-le-voyage
sights of Haarlem:
best theatre in town. This is the only cultural institute that people
from Amsterdam leave their city for. ;-). A nice site with illustrations
by Joost Swarte. The comics artist who is becoming an architect, when
his drawings will materialize as the new home for this theatre
The oldest museum in Holland and probably the most beautiful.
It has a very nice new wing, built in 1996 by architect Hubert Jan
Henket. Beautiful library and lots of scientific instruments. Also
famous for its collection of drawings. A genuine Three-Star-Worth-the-Journey
Spaarnestad Fotoarchief A large archive of photojournalism. Even
Rather heavily influenced though by the roman-catholic nature of the
family-magazines it used to cater to.
They have nice exhibitions and a pretty good library (which includes
most of the old Canon Photo Gallery Library).
Frans Halsmuseum / De Hallen A three (Michelin-)star museum, worth
Check out the church interior painting by Saenredam. Great museum.
De Vishal - beautiful
art space on the Grote Markt next to the Grote Kerk or Old Bavo.
organ museum Haarlem. The germans would call this a Geheimtipp:
- This is an unexpected treat on a sunday afternoon!
Each sunday there are concerts on the 10 street organs. Most sundays
there are guest appearences of visiting organs!
Every year on Whit Monday they organize (no pun intended) one of the
largest street organ festivals of Holland, behind the railway station
Haarlem. You cannot miss it. Include this in your trip to Holland
if possible! At least try to visit the museum. It is not a very fancy
place: just an old hall in a small industrial area just north of the
railway station. But worth the journey! I don't even like the music
of the street organs, but this is not to be missed. New: get mp3's
from their site.
Sadly city hall is trying to close them down. Knowing Haarlem and
the Haarlemmers they will succeed and in ten years time they will
boast: Haarlem the organ city of the world. Without any of the organs
left of course.
Station De Cruquius - Draining the Haarlemmermeer was an immense
undertaking. For three years great clouds of smoke hung from the chimneys
of the three steam pumping stations built for this gigantic task:
Leeghwater, Lynden and Cruquius. Many years ago Cruquius was finally
retired. The work was taken over by more modern pumps. The steam pumping
station became an industrial monument, one of the first in the Netherlands.
A fascinating story lies hidden in this imposing monument. Very informative
The Haarlemmermeer is the polder where Schiphol Amsterdam Airport
is: 6 meter / 18 feet below sea level!
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Lots of new media courses and exhibitions.
Learn how to publish to the web. Animate your pictures etc. If you
need a workplace while on the road: look here.
There is also a conventional screenprinting-, etching- and lithography
De Lichtfabriek - cultural bussiness center in a former energy
works. Danceparty's too.
Dagblad The oldest newspaper in the world. It really is. No myth!
Now it is also a good news site. (dutch only)
Historisch Museum Zuid-Kennemerland - Museum about the history
of Haarlem. Entrance is free.
Boom House - The home of Corrie ten Boom is now a museum! Much
of the house has been refurbished to appear as it did in the 1940's.
Visitors can see the actual "hiding place", which is a small
area behind a false wall in Corrie's bedroom. This is where Jews and
others in hiding were safely hidden from the Nazis.
City Theatre and Concerthall
- Heaven in Haarlem - pop rock and dance.
Rock concerts and club evenings.
Surely in Amsterdam everything is more interesting and exciting, at
only 15 minutes from Haarlem by train. (It takes more time to reach
the Amsterdam Central Station from most of Amsterdam itself.)
In Haarlem there is no Stedelijk;
Frank House; Cat
museum; RAI exhibition
But, because of that 15 minutes, Haarlem is well worth considering.
- To others: even bearable ;-))
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