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Now serving Lunch and Breakfast at Aangenaam

Aangenaam located in the Kleine Houtstraat has been serving honest, organic, and animal/environmentally friendly diners since 2006. While many of you may have been there for dinner already, did you know that they are now also open for breakfast…
Teylers Museum
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Teylers Museum Is A Unique Haarlem Treasure

When you enter Teylers Museum, you get the feeling you’ve stepped back in time. At the Teylers Museum, art and science come together with a hint of magic. It's not a museum for the modern age, but it is a museum for the modern imagination. The…
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My List Of Tips And Advice For The New Expat To The Netherlands

I can gladly say I have been living in Haarlem for 2 years. Now with the New Year started I decided to reflect on my time here. I decided to compile a list of things I wished I knew before I moved here.  Of course, everyone’s experiences…
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expatsHaarlem New Year's Drink 2016: the eve & the photos

Our New Year's Drink was great! More than 200 internationals of Haarlem joined us to celebrate the start of 2016 together. This was the program and these are the photos. Give a look! The eve program - Welcome by Arianna Ardia-Wenink,…
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The Netherlands in the top 15 Places to Live Abroad for Expats

From work to love, from a warmer climate to a more easy going way of life, there are many foreign countries favored by expats who stay for a long time – and sometimes forever. Taking into consideration livings standards, opportunities and…
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National Tulip Day Celebrations in Amsterdam

The past week has been the most "wintery" of the season in the Netherlands, and yet spring is already a twinkle in a Dutchman's eye. The third Saturday of the new year is National Tulip Day, or Nationale Tulpendag. I still…
Gifts
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Top tips in choosing gifts for children for the holiday season

The holiday season can be a period of frenzy for most parents. With all the assortment of toys and gadgets, parents feel the pressure in choosing the right gifts that not only will be appreciated but would hopefully also benefit their development. So…
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Is Zwarte Piet an outdated Sinterklaas tradition?

It was a surprise that the culture shock around Zwarte Piet hit me, a Canadian and half-Dutchie, very hard. It was difficult not to be shocked and offended by what I recognize as a tradition of blackface. I always try to respect local cultures…
Community Yoga
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Community Yoga: Free weekly Yoga class, with big benefits

My job is great, but after a long week, my back and mind are on the exhausted side. When Friday comes around, I want to get in some of my exercise for the week, but my gym has become so crowded that even a yoga class there was starting to turn…
Kinderopvang Op Stoom
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Op Stoom: The best kinderopvang in Haarlem

I am the mum of three little kids: a five-year-old son and two toddler daughters. For five years, we have relied on daycare in Haarlem: four years with Op Stoom and one year with Kinderopvang Haarlem. My conclusion: Op Stoom is much better! Op…
Inside out
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How Emotions Serve (in any setting)

It's not often I enjoy a “kid film” as much as I did this past summer's Pixar hit, Inside Out. I laughed, I cried, I felt connected with myself (as things resonated with me) and also with my eight-year old daughter whose hand I squeezed…
Greenjoying Loosdrechtse Plassen
New: Sugar And Spices Bites
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New: Sugar And Spices Bites

The couple Umang and Jalpa had a clear vision: they wanted to create a place where you can have a casual drink, where you can have lunch or dinner, with the Indian cuisine as a starting point –without the cliché curries-, paired with excellent…
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Renting a Boat in Haarlem

Renting a boat in Haarlem for a few hours in much easier (and more affordable) to do than one might expect. Now that the weather is nice, it might be something to think about doing. This article is a review about my experience with renting…
Smaak Italie
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Smaak van Italië 2015

Italian flavors, fragrances and emotions, among the avenues of the wonderful Kasteel De Haar. A terrific location for the Italian event of the year in The Netherlands, among the tree-lined avenues surrounded by a beautiful park. And a couple…
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My top 10 terraces in Haarlem for the summer

In the Netherlands, people are so anxious to sunbath that when the sun is showing up you can find everywhere in the streets improvised terraces in front of the doors. This is the Dutch way! In the Netherlands, let's be really clear, sun…
Fresh and authentic Indian food: India Corner in Haarlem (Photo: Stephi)
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Fresh and authentic Indian food: India Corner in Haarlem

One of my great girlfriends, Carla brought me to her favorite restaurant some years ago. Her hair salon is located next door and she is used to coming for dinner to India Corner. I felt like being at home as soon as we sat down. Miriam,…
Pizzeria Back to Basics
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Pizzeria Back to Basics

Recently the Zijlstraat and a few other streets in Haarlem have attracted new restaurants.. Since I'm a foodie I always happily volunteer wher/whenever possible to test new places. So.. what better than to try 'm out?! I heard good stories…
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Remember Me: not your everyday holiday movie

Ho ho ho! As the days of Christmas are creeping up against us, so are bad, bad music (one word: Wham) and cheesy movies in the category: Boy loses girl, boy works hard to win girl back and in the end they're happily back together, all this…
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…
HAARLEM nr 8 of the most romantic small towns in Europe
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HAARLEM nr 8 of the most romantic small towns in Europe

World of Wanderlust just published the top 13 most romantic small towns in Europe: Haarlem in the Netherlands is among them and scored the 8th position. My beloved Cinque Terre are nr. 4. According to World of Wanderlust if you need of…
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…
Eating Amsterdam: How to discover Dutch food
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Eating Amsterdam: How to discover Dutch food

What to visit in Amsterdam? What to eat in Amsterdam? What is the typical food in Holland? These are some of the questions I get from all my guests who come to visit Amsterdam. It is always weird to answer what to eat... Dutch cuisine is…
Book Review: “Rembrandt and Kiki Move to the Netherlands” / “Rembrandt and Kiki Verhuizen naar Nederland”
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Book Review: “Rembrandt and Kiki Move to the Netherlands” / “Rembrandt and Kiki Verhuizen naar Nederland”

This new book on the bilingual block is the first of a planned series written in both Dutch and English. It tells the story of red headed twins, Kiki and Rembrandt, who move from England to the Netherlands. They have a Dutch mother and their…
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Rotterdam The Hague Airport is worth a try

Recently I wanted to take a trip to Budapest but was outraged that it was going to cost about €400 to fly from Schiphol with KLM. I checked Eindhoven Airport and there the prices were much better and I could buy a round trip for around €60.…
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…
5 reasons to choose for an Omafiets (Granny bike)
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5 reasons to choose for an Omafiets (Granny bike)

When we tell our friends abroad that we have just purchased a new Granny Bike they wonder: ‘What on earth has gotten into them?’ Unrepentant we reply: ‘Because it is the best way of getting around’ Here are the 5 reasons why…
Variée restaurant in Haarlem
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Variée restaurant in Haarlem

Some weeks ago we went to try Restaurant Variée, because I spent the last 2 years passing by but never stopping by! It was time to discover the place and the cuisine. The owners prepared us a special menu and welcomed us as I never had…
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…
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Spaarne 66, second best terrace!

Haarlem's restaurant "Spaarne 66" has ended as second best in the contest "Best Terrace of the Netherlands". The jury of the Misset Terras Top 100 was overwhelmed by the warmth of this family business which consists of mother Marianne Lemmers…