Haarlem Netherlands – Our First Cruise Port En Route to Norway

After a not too rocky crossing of the English Channel our first stop was the port of Ijmuiden in The Netherlands. Excursion options to Amsterdam were all canceled as we were quite late arriving here due to weather delaying our departure from Southampton. Our only on-shore option was the lovely town of Haarlem, which we opted to walk on our own. It’s a small town filled with beautiful and interesting architectural features and activity (and even a shop called Sissy Boy):

Crossing a bridge to get into the town of Haarlem, The Netherlands

A typical narrow street in Haarlem, Netherlands

A typical narrow street in Haarlem, Netherlands

Interesting architecture in Haarlem, The Netherlands

A cheese shop in Holland

A bit cliche, but I couldn’t resist this cheese shop in Holland.

Look at the brick pattern on this building in Haarlem, The Netherlands

Look at the brick pattern on this building

A bull on a building in Haarlem, Netherlands

The Grote of St. Bavokerk – the main cathedral in Haarlem, Netherlands

The Grote of St. Bavokerk – the main cathedral in Haarlem

Bicycles were everywhere in this Netherland's town

Seems that everyone in this town has a bicycle.

A door in the Netherlands

Haarlem, Netherlands

Does the center building look like it’s tipping?

Holland Windmill

This is the closest we got to a windmill in the Netherlands, seen through the dirty bus windows on a rainy afternoon.  I still had to include it.

I hope you enjoyed our photos of Haarlem as much we enjoyed spending the time there.

I found this two year old post still unpublished in my draft bin. We embarked on a nine day Norwegian Fjord cruise aboard the MSC Opera on June 8 and visited Haarlem on June 9, 2012.


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  1. says

    Hari Om
    Gracious, that wasn’t the best of summer days!!! Didn’t stop you getting some fab fotos though… yes the buildings do look tilted and very probably are. I adore such architecture… YAM xx

  2. says

    I’m sorry you got there late and couldn’t do everything that you had hoped to do. It’s great that you guys get to travel so much. I did these kinds of trips when I was growing up with my parents, especially seeing Holland and lots of Europe when we lived in Germany. Thanks for visiting 1camera1mom!

  3. says

    Hi Rhonda .. I’d love to visit Haarlem and be inside a cheese shop .. and yes that building is listing!! Such is life when you get older?! We list … Holland is a place I need to spend some time in anon .. cheers Hilary

  4. says

    Love the canals and the windmill in the distance. I’m happy to be able to say I’ve been the Netherlands, Delph for one and can’t remember the rest but we did go inside the windmills.

  5. says

    A nice series of photos, I love the glimpes of life and architecture. Thanks for visiting my WW photo — in answer to your question, winterberry, a member of the holly family, is poisonous to humans, but a good food source for birds and wildlife far into winter.

  6. says

    I love the old architecture in those buildings and the streets of brick. It’s so quaint – like going back in time. Love following along with your adventures. 🙂

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