0453 Wonderful Holland (Neth 002—new)

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Now lets go back to my little side trip outside of Amsterdam to get a more balanced picture of the country…

 

Right near the rail line there’s a bicycle path that runs right through the countryside, and it looks like quite a few people travel around the Netherlands using these… maybe I’ll give that a try someday…

I soon reach the city of Haarlem, and step out wondering what I’ll find. 


Haarlem has a good bit of the charm that Amsterdam has--  canals, dark cozy rowhouses of different styles packed tightly together--  I especially like the black ones for some reason… a beautiful plaza…

What it doesn’t have is the window prostitutes and pot cafes which it seems are distinctly Amsterdam…

 

I do come across the Corrie Ten Boom house--  famous for the Jews that were sheltered here during World War II--  still with a functioning jewelryshop in front… I remember reading the book as a youngster and being inspired by the tale.

  I decide to explore the town though, instead of waiting around for the next tour…

 

I pull out my guitar in a large park where some sort of Summer Camp activities are going on.  Some of the young guys come over to listen to my songs--  which is nice…

 

I continue on south until I realize that I’ve crossed into another town and another Dutch experience…

 

Oh!  On my way back, I see a sign pointing to a windmill--  which my trip to Holland wouldn’t be complete without…

 

It’s a splendid black windmill, built right on a corner on the Main Canal--  a great backdrop for my clip…

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