Haarlem (Yes, With Double A)

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Haarlem is a city in the Netherlands and capital of the province North Holland. Thanks to Peter Stuyvesant it’s also known as a neighborhood in New York City (Harlem, Manhattan). :)

Haarlem had been on the list of cities to visit for quite a while now. Adri had been there already, I hadn’t. I definitely wanted to see the city once and Adri wanted to go back to have another look. We decided it was a good day to put this plan into action last Saturday. Not really having been into Harlem, NYC we at least should make it to Haarlem, North Holland. :)

We loaded the stroller into the car (including diapers, baby formula and of course the little one itself), grabbed the X100S and drove to Haarlem.

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There are several museums that can be found in Haarlem, including the oldest museum of The Netherlands which is the Teylers Museum. The city is notable for its many hofjes: almshouses built around courtyards.

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A visit to Haarlem isn’t complete without visiting De Adriaan. De Adriaan is a windmill that originally dates from 1779. It burned down in 1932 and was rebuilt in 2002. The mill has been a distinctive part of the skyline of Haarlem for centuries.

The name alone is worth a visit of course. :)

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We enjoyed the afternoon walk in Haarlem with it’s historical city center. I guess all we need to do now is go back to the USA and check out the “other Haarlem”. See if there are any similarities. :)

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Military History Day, Leiden

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It felt like we ended up in a war zone. Or a movie set. :)

We didn’t know the Military History Day was held that day (29th of March). But we discoverd soon enough. Or actually we did after using Google. :)

Photos were taking with the FUJIFILM X100S. Still in the process of getting used to this camera.

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Iván David

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Iván has joined us February 6th. Life has been somewhat crazy since then. And although we shared some pictures on Facebook already, I didn’t have time yet to write about our little boy on this blog.

Almost two months have passed and we’re still alive! :) Me and Adri managed to survive the first few weeks as fresh parents!

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Going Dutch (Sort of Anyway)

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In October we had the pleasure to have some friends over from Germany for a couple of days. We always like to show our guests around the area a little and do a short round of sightseeing whenever we get the chance.

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Part of the Dutch heritage are windmills and you can easily find many of them scattered across the country. But if you’re really interested in getting to know a little more about them then Kinderdijk is definitely the right place to go. It’s a village in the province of South-Holland and is probably one of the best known Dutch tourist sites. There are 19 windmills to be seen and it’s on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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I decided to only take the 35mm lens that day and go with that. It’s one of my favorite focal lengths and the Canon 35mm f/2 is terrific. Bringing just one lens also meant less gear to drag around. Which is usually a plus.

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Another place we always like to visit is the beach. That day the weather was pretty good (especially for Dutch standards) which made the afternoon even better and allowed me to take some more snapshots.

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Wind and water are two elements you can’t escape from in this little country. But that doesn’t stop some from trying. ;)

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New York City, 3 More Days

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The last three days were used for paying a visit to China Town and Little Italy, finish the sex and the city to do list, have a look at the New York City Opera and go up the Empire State Building to name just a few.

In other words, we still had more than enough to do in the 3 days we had left.

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After having been on top of the Empire State Building on our last day, it was time to say goodbye. New York City is amazing. We’re looking forward seeing it again (one day!).

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New York City, Day Four

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Day four! After having brunch (recommendation: Schnippers, located in the NY Times Building) we headed to the Rockefeller Center. On our route we passed the Radio City Music Hall and the NBC Studio’s. And although the buildings are nice, the photos I took aren’t all that. Therefore I am showing you the one below instead. The building is just next to the Radio City Music Hall and NBC Studios and offered an interesting view for a photo (well, in my opinion anyway :)).

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At the Rockefeller Center, there’s a possibility to take the NBC Studio tour and go to the Top of the Rock observation deck. We skipped both options and just had a quick look inside and checked out the NBC store. The observation deck offers a better view over Central Park than the Empire State. But we figured that the Empire State Building was the way to go to have a look over the city. And although there wasn’t a big Christmas tree and an Ice Skating Rink, the Rockefeller Center was worth the visit.

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We made a turn and continued by walking on 5th Avenue. Half of NYC was covered in scaffolding and this also included the St Patrick’s Cathedral.
On 5th Avenue you can also find the Trump Tower, Tiffany & Co and the Apple Store (and a whole lot of other expensive stores). I did buy something at the Apple store, but not at Tiffany’s. Adri would like to go back and buy something there as well though. :)

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Fifth Avenue took us to our next stop, Central Park. We spend some hours there enjoying the scenery (Squirrels, Cool!). Item number two of the ‘Sex and the City to do list’ could also be scratched off; the boathouse. Apparently it makes sense if you’re a huge fan of the series. Ask Adri if you have any questions about it. :)

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After having crossed half of the park we called it a day and went back to our hotel. That night we also had dinner with friends. A perfect ending for another perfect day.

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