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A little guide to little Haarlem

Moving to Amsterdam at the beginning of this year has had me explore some lovely parts of the Netherlands. And even though I’m thirsting for those big travels awaiting me at the end of July, I enjoy discovering my current adopted country so much as well.

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

After going to Utrecht last week, it was – after so many recommendations and romanticization – time to go to see Haarlem, a late medieval city some 15 minutes away from busy Amsterdam.

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

© Janine Juna Grafe

It’s funny that cities like Utrecht or Haarlem are only slightly smaller than Amsterdam. Still they exude this cozy small town charm. Little colourful town houses, lovely boutiques, idyllic landscapes and unruffled people.

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

Speaking of boutiques: Ironically it has been in Utrecht and now Haarlem that I stumbled upon the cutest shops. I’m sure they’re out there in Amsterdam as well, but imagine hundreds of Amsterdamers plus two hundred tourists squashing in front of one slender mirror.  There you go. kloffie in Haarlem turned out to be a true gem storing pieces by Minimum, Nümph and others. I have that soft spot for loose button-down shirts and let me say I striked it rich here.

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

It’s entirely beautiful to see that all those small cities around feature such amazing buildings. Although I’m not the typical traveller that wanders around with a leaflet in her hands of all those most important things to see, the Grote Kerk in the centre of Haarlem had me marvel and gasp after all. The wooden ceiling here is beyond words!

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

After sightseeing I indulged myself in a little coffee pause. Of course, reading a Haarlem newspaper alongside. That’s what I call travelling like a local.

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

A facade lover, I adore the little details of a city. That beautiful flower tendril, those big windows, the colourful bricks. In my book these nuances shape an urban image so much more than the allegedly big features of a city.

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

Unfortunately the windmill closed its doors 5 minutes before we arrived. They always remind me of my family holidays at the sea. However, there was a compensation awaiting me….

© Janine Juna Grafe - Haarlem, NL

…. in the form of this cutie. Before heading back to the train station we enjoyed some burgers at Jetties. Haarlem, je bent lekker!

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3 Comments

  1. My roommate just got back from a trip to Europe. Her favorite place was Amsterdam and was sincere saying if she could live anywhere in the world, it would be there. Glad to see she is not the only one who think so! Gave you a follow.

  2. Es sieht traumhaft schön aus, ich werde unbedingt wenn ich aus den USA wieder da bin, Utrecht und Haarlem erkunden! Freue mich auf noch mehr schöne Bilder und Posts von dir!

  3. After reading your post, I am defenitly going to Haarlem now! It was already on my list (havent seen every big city in my own country yet..) but I will make sure I’ll visit it thus year haha!

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