Haarlem was a late addition to our Holland itinerary. We didn't know if it would make the cut or not but it was on our way home. Boy, are we glad we stopped! The architecture is stunning, the restaurants and shops are marvelous, and our experience there was a highlight of our Holland Adventure.
We loved the Grote Markt and the varied architectural styles surrounding the square. Sint Bavo is a real jewel and will be in my Top Five Churches in Europe list. The most moving part of our trip was our visit to the tenBoomhuis, home of Corrie ten Boom and her family, who worked with the Dutch resistance during WWII. Our guide told the story of the home in such a way that every single person in our tour group, from 2 to 82, was enthralled. And it was wonderful for our children to experience history by crawling into the false wall space where the Jews were hidden by the family; so many historical sites don't allow people to actually touch anything. Here the children were a part of the telling of the story and it impacted them more as a result.
We would have loved to spend days exploring this town and we hope to return. In the meantime, we treasure the memory of our special side trip.
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