Entries by Katie Joy

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Dutch history; Molen de Adriaan the cement mixer.

The windmill, Molen de Adriaan was built on the foundations of the Goevrouwetoren by Adriaan de Booys, an industrial producer from Amsterdam. The Goevrouwetoren, or Goede Vrouwtoren (Goodwife Tower), was a tower built to help defend Haarlem over the river Spaarne with its sister tower on the other river bank. Between these two towers was a […]

Amber Alert, help find Baby Hannah Simons!

A 6-month-old baby was kidnapped today (Feb 26th) in a supermarket car park in Eersel. The police have issued an Amber Alert to help find her. Hannah is in serious danger. She was taken forcibly from her caregiver and was whisked away in a car, a black Mercedes Benz 270CDI,  with the license plate; 94-GK-PB. […]

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Coffee walk through Haarlem.

On a November afternoon, Daniëlle Martens went to discover cozy places in Haarlem. Haarlemfoodies was invited by Koffiefilters.nl in cooperation with Haarlem Marketing. The inspiration came from the book: Koffee! 182 coffee spots that make you happy. The city of Haarlem can be found in this guide with several nice coffee spots, and we are […]

30 European Cheeses to Try (Or not)

Do as the Europeans do and eat cheese. Have you tried any of these European cheeses?   1) Afuega’l Pitu, Spain Its name is derived from the local  dialect and means “choking cake”, because its unusual texture can make it stick to the palate. 2) Almnäs Tegel, Sweden Its distinctive “slab” shape is an homage […]

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Art in the Vijfhoek

The Vijfhoekkunstroute is an annual art event in the special Vijfhoek district in Haarlem. More than 100 artists from Haarlem and surrounding area will be exhibiting their work. Leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind and explore the Vijfhoek Haarlem. Get lost in the holiday feeling of alley ways, unique shops, terraces, flowers, […]

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Mass in English is available

 A weekly Mass in English will be offered in the Haarlem region. Masses will be celebrated at Onze Lieve Vrouw Hemelvaart church, Valkenburgerplein 19 in Heemstede. “Everyone is welcome to join us in worship. We’re particularly motivated to provide a home to catholic ex-pats and migrants living in the wider Haarlem region.  The church is […]

Wildcats are making a come back.

First noticed in South Limburg, wildcats is hard to identify with it’s tabby like stripes and the body that is almost the same as an ordinary house cat, according to studies, the wild cat is back and on the move towards the north.  The wild cat is notoriously shy, so how do you prove they are […]

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Haarlem is celebrating freedom with Bevrijdingspop.

On May 4th and May 5th, Haarlem is going to be celebrating freedom with a music festival called bevrijdingspop throughout the city. The city of Haarlem celebrates freedom in the festival called Bevrijdingspop.  The freedom festival was started in 1980 by Ilco van der Linde and has become the largest free outdoor festival in the Netherlands. Approximately 150,000 people, […]

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Kings Day Haarlem 2017

If you haven’t heard, it’s Kings Day on Thursday. It’s time to drill holes into your house for that flag pole (if you haven’t already got one), grab an orange item of clothing, paint your face red, white and blue and wrap up warm because the weather is going to be shocking.   Don’t fancy […]

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The time I was invited for ‘drinks.’

There are times when my English culture and the Dutch culture collide into a mass ball of miscommunication. Sometimes the outcome is amusing, sometimes it’s just plain confusing. I was invited for drinks. I and my English partner recently moved into our own home and of course, being in a friendly neighborhood, our Dutch neighbors […]

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A fire on a train in Haarlem Station

About an hour ago, a fire has broken out on a train in Haarlem Station, platform 4. Currently fire fighters are extinguishing the flames and have, so far, reported no causalities. Services between Haarlem, Bloemendaal, Heemstede-Aerdenhout, Overveen and Spaarnwoude are disrupted and are not running.   For up to date information please visit the Haarlems […]

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Gluren bij de Buren

In 92 living rooms spread throughout the city of Haarlem, you will discover local performing artists. In each living room will be performances by local artists. Each performance will last 30 minutes at set times throughout the day.  Each house taking part is never no more than 5 minutes bike ride away. On the official […]

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Warung Mini in Den Haag

‘For nearly two decades Warung Mini on the Amsterdamse Veerkade in The Hague’s city center has been a popular place to eat for the locals in (and outside of) The Hague area. Warung Mini literally means ‘small shop’ in Indonesian, which also refers back to the owners’ roots.’ Find out more about this restaurant via […]

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Alternative facts about the Netherlands

In the world of alternative facts I thought it would be helpful to show you the sides of The Netherlands you probably, maybe, very unlikely didn’t know about this high land country.   Take a look at Leiden;     A typical Dutch house;   The Albert Heijn;     A Dutch bike;   Amsterdam; […]