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 cancelled 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):
I hope you enjoyed our photos of Haarlem as much we enjoyed spending the time there. After Haarlem, we sailed to Stavanger Norway.
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