Christmas 2009. I had just arrived in Holland to spend the Christmas with my girlfriend... I will try not to get affected by how everything amazing seems when I spend my time with her, and write aν objective review! As soon as I landed on Schiphol airport, in Amsterdam, I felt this European cultural atmosphere around me immedietly... Haarlem, is not even 20 minutes by car from Amsterdam, so it didn´t take us long to arrive! I couldn´t even imagine before what I was just starring at...
The city is wonderful!!! It is so friendly, you feel like it is hugging you all the time when you walk in the streets with the old tall well-preserved traditional buildings. Bikes everywhere, trees everywhere, shops to buy anything you can imagine, and the poeple so so friendly! Ready to be at your service any time... This is what I am telling everyone back here in Greece: I felt like everyone was working for me!
Haarlem is such a beautiful city... I normally wouldn't find any place to suggest for you to visit, since every corner has its own beauty. But every visitor has to pass through the Grote Markt (Big Market Square)! There you can see the old castle turned into the City Hall, the huge Protestant church of St Bavo and wonderful cafe's... The Grote Markt hasn't changed much from the older years of the Middle Ages, but yet you can see how modern it is, with the beautiful shops and so many people passing by! There are also some Museums there, but the most beautiful museum in Haarlem is the Teyler's Museum, which is located near Het Spaarne, the river of Haarlem! Unfortunately I had't enough time to visit it, but only to hear that it was the first museum of Holland makes you excited... Closing, I would like to suggest you a visit to the windmill "De Adriaan", which is a museum mill! There you can see it working and be guided to the main parts of the mill, see models of different kinds of mill and enjoy the wonderful view of Haarlem!
It is really a great city to visit, and I bet it is a wonderful city to live in... I can't wait to visit it again! And to get guided by my favorite guide... ;)(L) Ik hou van jou Essie!
(Sorry about my English mistakes)