Entries by Arianna

Spijt! wins best European youth film

The Dutch youth film Spijt! has won the European Film Academy Young Audience Award on Sunday evening in Erfurt, Germany. The film by Dave Schram recorded against the Danish MGP Missionen and the German The Stormwind. Young people between 12 and 14 years old could see the three films on Saturday in seventeen European countries and […]

New rules for day care tax reduction in 2014

Working and having or expecting to have kids at the day care in 2014? Be aware that from 2014 there are new rules for the Childcare Payment Request to have tax reduction. If you are working and paying taxes for childcare in the Netherlands you are entitled to Childcare Tax Refund. How much refund depends […]

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. Also the excremenst are bothersome.

Flower Parade Bollenstreek 2014

The Bloemencorso Bollenstreek, or Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek (Bulbs Area) is one of the most famous parades in the world. More than a million people come to see the beautiful flower praalwagens (floats). The Flower Parade Bollenstreek is the only parade that is built with bulb flowers such as hyacinths, tulips and daffodils.

“Rokjesdag”

What is Rokjesdag or Skirt Day? It is officially the first day on which Dutch women wear skirts with bare legs underneath. 

Transavia brings people in Italian atmospheres

The Italianizer of Transavia: what an original way to promote flights! Promotion with fun! Well done! Transavia has two Italian sun holidays promoted in a fun way: a bus stop in Amsterdam was equipped with the so-called ‘Italianizer’, an interactive bus shelter where were photos of the unsuspecting bus passengers were mounted. In Italian atmospheres […]

Working atmosphere more important than money

Research by Jobbird.com shows that only 14 percent of the employees consider the salary as the most important factor when choosing a new job. The working atmosphere / colleagues (36 percent) and the tasks and responsibilities of the job function itself (34 percent) seem to be much more important.

Downloading from illegal sources: as of today officially forbidden

Illegal downloading didn’t exist in the Netherlands. Now it does. As a consequence of a judgement of this morning of the European Court of Justice about the unfairness of home charge copy, illegal downloading of movies, music and other author rights protected material without paying for it, is forbidden. This is what the Secretary for […]

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 today. Also in the vicinity of Haarlem, the figures are positive.

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 public consciousness. Somewhat disconcerting the first time you hear […]

Restaurant review: Toujours fish & meat

Last week my hubby and I tried a for us new restaurant in Haarlem: Toujours, on the Oude Groenmarkt. We had passed by many times but always doubted about entering. A quick view in the entrance gives a good impression, thanks to the modern, stylish but not posh interior.

Duinrell: a fun day out or family vacation

Duinrell is an amusement park located in Wassenaar, close to The Hague and Leiden, approximately 40 minutes driving from Haarlem. It’s wonderfully located in the forest and dunes and nearby a wide beach and the park itself is one of the most beautiful amusement parks of the Netherlands.