Exploring and Experiencing Emotions in Frans Hals Museum (Photo: Frans Hals Museum)
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Exploring and Experiencing Emotions in Frans Hals Museum Exhibition

Concerning the exhibit “Emotions – Painted Feelings in the Golden Age,” now showing at the Frans Hals Museum, some of the newspaper headlines I read were: “Emotions, by the Old Masters,” “Pain and Pleasure in the Golden Age,” and…
Successful first Haarlem Photo Club exhibition & lecture "Abandoned & Captured"
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Successful first Haarlem Photo Club exhibition & lecture "Abandoned & Captured"

On Sunday, October 26th our first photo exhibition & lecture by the photographer was there. Olaf Kramer welcomed us in Bar Wolkers to tell all about his urbex photography collection, for this occasion bundled and adequately titled Abandoned…
Our Haarlem Photo Club member in the Worldwide Photo Walk top 10 winners! (Photo: Daniela Muente)
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Our Haarlem Photo Club member in the Worldwide Photo Walk top 10 winners!

Our Haarlem Photo Club member Daniela Muente made it to the Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk top 10 winners with her photo taken during the Haarlem Photo Walk co-organised with the Haarlem Photo Club this October. Congratulations Daniela,…
Bok beer season: four not to miss 
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Bok beer season: four not to miss 

It is officially bok beer season in the Netherlands. Official rules, origin and four bok beers not to miss. PINT (Promotie Informatie Traditioneel Bier), the largest beer association in the Netherlands, sets specific standards for bok…
ESPRESSO LOUNGE: COOL!
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ESPRESSO LOUNGE: COOL!

Espresso Lounge opened its doors in the Kleine Houtstraat in May this year. It is is a relaxed café with good coffee, cake and sandwiches for a fair price. Plus a special Kids Lounge. During the whole month of NOVEMBER expatsHaarlem Parents…
5 october: Bokbierdag 2014 in Haarlem
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5 october: Bokbierdag 2014 in Haarlem

Fancying to taste a special seasonal beer? Go to the center of Haarlem and taste a great bokbier. There is plenty of it today as: it is Bokbierdag! Is one bier not enough? Take a bokbier crawl!  Bokbierdag 2014 beer crawl You can start…
Haarlem Photo Club Summer Photo Walk 2014
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Haarlem Photo Club Summer Photo Walk 2014: feedback and photos

Haarlem! Summer! Open Air! Photography! We had the best ingredients for a wonderful PHOTO WALK. A bit of wind didn't spoil our day: 42 photographers having a great day! What about the shoots? Our jury, composed of our Photo Club Team members…
Libelle opens pop-up shop in Haarlem
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Libelle opens pop-up shop in Haarlem

With Libelle Beach Café the known Dutch women's weekly magazine Libelle wants to bring the atmosphere of the beach to the heart of the city of Haarlem. From Wednesday, September 17 the magazine Libelle brings a month-long the atmosphere…
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Volunteer Centre Haarlem

Bored and wondering what to do with your free time? Always wanted to make yourself useful but no idea how? Crazy busy but still wanting to contribute to the Haarlem area community, even when there is no payment for services rendered? Are you…
The first and only HAARLEM PHOTO CLUB is born
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The first and only HAARLEM PHOTO CLUB is born

The Haarlem Photo Club is a network for anyone who likes reading articles about photography, joining in photo contests, connecting with other photographers, learning new techniques and sharing experiences at an event, lecture or workshop. Beginner…
Haarlem gets ready for Jazz & More (Photo: Ad Timmers)
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Haarlem gets ready for Jazz & More

Just a few days to go and the center of Haarlem will be "filled" by Jazz & More. Haarlem Jazz & More is the biggest free Jazz Festival of Europe and takes place in our fantastic city! From August, Wednesday 13th till Saturday 16th the…
Haarlem has most expensive café terraces, Nijmegen is cheapest (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Haarlem has most expensive café terraces, Nijmegen is cheapest

Haarlem tops the list of expensive terraces. This results from its annual survey of the best places to drink a beer or glass of wine in the summer sunshine, the Telegraaf says. The cheapest café terraces in the Netherlands are in Nijmegen. The…
Horsemeat yay or nay (Photo: Tracy Brown Hamilton)
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Horsemeat: Yay or Neigh?

While the horsemeat scandal highlighted the aversion many have to eating horse, Lisa Wisker – the daughter of a horse butcher – says it only boosted business. “The same day the story broke in the newspapers, there were lines down to the…
Haarlem CS
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Haarlem CS

Haarlem CS (Central Station): origin, style, architectonic details, difference between Haarlem CS and railway stations in other cities, renovations, qualification as "Rijksmonument" (state monument) and decoration for both national as international…
Jopenkerk in Haarlem turned into the Temple of Beer (Photo: Luca Coppola)
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Jopenkerk in Haarlem turned into the Temple of Beer

The most amazing thing in Holland is the attitude to consider that nothing is useless.. and that everything can produce income taking on a new value in the function of a new activity. This concerns particularly the new destinations of old churches.…
Best Pool of the Year Election (Photo: ANP)
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Best Pool of the Year Election

Summer! And that means (hopefully) nice weather. Time to look where the best outdoor pools are located. The annual Best Pool of the year Election has started again. After the first round two winners by province will be elected. The first…
21st Century Global School - bilingual primary education in Haarlem (21st Century Global School)
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21st Century Global School - bilingual primary education in Haarlem

21st Century Global School - Interview with the founder, Ingrid Elbertsen Ingrid gives us a warm welcome into her new school, the 21st Century Global School on the Korte Verspronckweg in Haarlem, which will be the first bilingual school…
Radio TV Design Museum in Haarlem is open again (Photo: RHT)
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Radio TV Design Museum in Haarlem is open again

The Radio TV Design Museum is open again since March 1, more than 2 years after the fire. The Radio TV Design Museum, housed in the attic above bike shop 't Mannetje in Spaarnwouderstraat, was struck on 22 February 2012 by a grave fire.…
Granted measures against gulls nuisance (Photo: PCF Holland)
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Granted measures against gulls nuisance

In Haarlem residents of various neighborhoods experience already several years the nuisance of nesting gulls. Especially in the summer when the birds feed their young and early in the morning hindrance seems to be more difficult to tolerate.…
Guess the picture

Guess the picture

We show you a picture of a place in Haarlem. Can you guess where it is?  Leave your suggestions in the comments. Got also a place in mind to let other members guess? Let us know here and we will publish it.
Haarlem: 'The most welcoming city in Holland'

Haarlem: 'The most welcoming city in Holland'

This video from CityMarketing Haarlem is still one of my favorite videos that quickly shows you why Haarlem is so great. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrYAGP5I214
Haarlem, our "Little Amsterdam" (Photo: Nick Ferrara)

Haarlem, our "Little Amsterdam"

When I was getting ready to move to the Netherlands four years ago I was told living in Amsterdam would not really be feasible because of where my job was.  I was heart broken but soon learned that Haarlem is actually a little Amsterdam!  It…
Big fire in monumental building Haarlem (Photo: Michel van Bergen, Haarlems Dagblad)
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Big fire in monumental building Haarlem

This Saturday morning a big fire attacks a monumental building in the old centre of Haarlem. The building is completely in flames. The Haarlem fire brigade is trying to prevent the fire from spreading to surrounding properties. The inhabitant…
Five WWII bombs found in dunes Bloemendaal (Photo: Haarlems Dagblad)
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Five WWII bombs found in dunes Bloemendaal

In the dunes at Bloemendaal five old bombs from World War II are found. It is about four bombs of 500 kg and 1 of 250 kg, reports the municipality of Bloemendaal today. The aircraft bombs were found in a so-called investigation research for…
House prices rise in the Haarlem area (Photo: NVM)
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House prices rise in the Haarlem area

For the first time in three years, house prices have increased on year basis. Houses were in the first quarter of this year 1.2% more expensive compared to the same period last year. This is what the Dutch Association of Estate Agents NVM announced…
If you hear sirens and it is Monday don't panic!
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If you hear sirens and it is Monday, don't panic!

Loud sirens? On Monday? Don't panic! In Haarlem and elsewhere in the country the first Monday of every month at 12:00 the air raid is tested to check whether the sirens work anywhere and can be heard, but also to keep the alarm system in the…
New Music "from Haarlem": Jacqueline Govaert, White Nose, Myriam West, The Name
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New Music "from Haarlem"

A music hit: Jacqueline Govaert, Songs To Soothe; Haarlem rock/punk: Yorick van Noorden & White Nose, The Hype; Jazz and blues: Myriam West, From now on, Haarlem metal: The Name, Unchained A hit: Jacqueline Govaert, Songs To Soothe The…