Managed to spend a short time in Haarlem recently - main point - to visit the Corrie ten Boom House and to relive her incredible life story, focusing on the ten Boom family WW2 experiences. In every respect this lived up to my expectations (as influenced directly by other Trip Advisor reviews). The guided tour (in my case in English) was well worth the long wait (I arrived in Haarlem at about 11am but had to wait until 3 pm for the English tour) - the guide was clearly a living fan of the ten Boom's (virtually a living relative!) and gave us an illuminating and 'come alive' tour and narrative. All the detail concerning how they lived, and 'hid' during the dark days of German occupation was there - detail which I have read of since a young child, and now was able to see for real - my imagination and Corrie ten Boom's writings came alive - finally. The Christian faith as held dearly to, and as experienced by the ten Boom's was both understated yet obvious - their fantastic, inspiring and balanced Christian worldview was clearly explained - I came away motivated and invigorated both in my mind and soul. Haarlem itself is a pleasant enough and typically Dutch town to spend a few hours in - visited the Grote Kerk and wandered around the local shops - in the rain - while waiting for my tour. Overall - this visit is as 'must see' as the Anne Frank house/museum in my opinion. In fact this makes a wonderful companion and comparator to the Anne Frank museum/house. A different yet equally poignant and inspiring attraction and experience.
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