If you buy something at the Frans Hals museum shop it is packed in a bag with the reproduction from a painting by Judith Leyster the first female painter of Haarlem.
The subject of this painting is funny, it shows a broadly laughing man called "Pekelharing" drinking beer and preparing himself to smoke … not a joint, but a pipe; we are in 1629!
If you understand Dutch (I'm sure you do after smoking…) you know that "pekelharing" means herring put in salt (not to confuse with "maatjes").
"Pekelharing", because of the salt herring was always thirsty; he was a character of popular comedies or farces of that time. His costume with the hat and feather is close to that of the "Capitano" from the Commedia del Arte. He was the principal character of a number of farces.
He was featured in paintings, also by Frans Hals.
- Theater Travel
- Historical Travel
Coffeeshops in Haarlem.
A distinguished VT member wrote here 19 tips about coffeeshops:
"T… is always there to supply all the best weed and hashish to his customers"
and received a top 5 rating for her Haarlem page.
I therefore feel obliged to write at least 20 tips on this topic in order to get a good score with my own Haarlem pages limited until now to some boring museums.
I therefore asked my (grown up) children for some info.
They told me that weed is obsolete, the trend nowadays in Holland is for "paddos" = paddestoelen or hallucinogenic champignons.
I promise that at my next trip to Holland I will look for "paddo" shops.
My son made the nasty remark that I don't need drugs; looking at a nice painting makes me already feel in the heaven (…te fait planer)!
I had a problem with "Choosing Themes for This Local Custom Tip". I thought it would be correct to take "Other Arts and Culture".
RECENT NEWS : Since December 1st, 2008 paddo's (hallucinogenic mushrooms) are prohibited in the Netherlands.
- Arts and Culture
Beer in Haarlem
During centuries Haarlem was well known for its breweries. In the 15th century there were 120 beer brewers. The beer from Haarlem was exported as far as the North of France, it was even exported to Dutch colonies by the VOC ships.
Surprising is too see that children did drink beer at table. It was a beer with a very low alcohol degree; by the brewing process and cooking of the grain most bacteria's present in the water were destroyed so that it was less dangerous for health to drink beer than just water. However the purity of the water was a difficult problem for the brewers who transported pure water from the dunes by ship.
The last brewery in Haarlem closed in 1916, under pressure of the big beer industries, I presume.
In 1995 a new brewery opened under the name of Jopen to launch again two special beers: a Jopen Bokbier of high fermentation followed by a Jopen Lentebier brewed with coriander seeds.
I tasted this one. It is an interesting beer with personality, much better than the banal Heineken.
The name Jopen was used in the ancient Haarlem for a 112 litre barrel.
- Beer Tasting
"Allochtones" in Haarlem.
Don't be afraid it is not my intention to write anything that is not politically correct!
I found that word at the Frans Hals Museum in the "Haarlem 1600-1700, An Introduction".
So nothing to do with present immigration but a touch of humour about the fact that around 1625 the population of Haarlem consisted of about 50% Flemish immigrants who had fled the Spanish domination.
Frans Hals himself was born in Antwerp.
Many of these Flemish immigrants were active in the textile industry and developed the prosperity of Haarlem.
The town architect Lieven de Key was Flemish so that Haarlem counts a number of buildings among which the "Vleeshal" in the Flemish Renaissance stile.
VT friend Irisbe showed here a number of shops referring to Flemish or Belgian food.
Haarlemmer olie: wonder oil
The story about this typical local product "Haarlemmer olie" is, that this wonder oil cures every disease. It's good for everything!
The oil was introduced in 1696 and has been populair with many people ever since.
Maybe this is a nice tip for a unique local souvenir.
You can buy it at A.J. van der Pigge drugstore. Wich is situated right of the V&D warehouse.
For centuries Haarlem was an important beer brewery city. Unfortunately all the brewers were gone some decades ago. However one recently sort of reopend on an industry terrain in Haarlem. Now Haarlem has it's own beer again called Jopen bier. On the picture you can see the Jopen Lentebier, which is a special brewed beer for springtime. There are quite some herbs in it. You can also taste a bit of earl grey tea flavour in it with some lemon too. When in Haarlem definately check ou it's own beer!
- Beer Tasting
You are not in the Netherlands...
... when the street organ is missing!
It is just unthinkable not to see at least one!
This is very Dutch.
Belgium might had those as well, but recently they have vanished from the streetscenery, a pity.
For this little bit of nostalgy we have to travel to our Northern neighbours.
- Budget Travel
Voltage, frequency and plug ins.
Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in the Netherlands is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to the Netherlands with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.
Outlets in the Netherlands generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.
- Business Travel
- Budget Travel
Grolsch -> Just like home sweet home! :)
Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being at our travel pace is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Alkmaar (and this probably counts for our entire home country) it was rather difficult. We found out that there are a few local beers, only known in the particular area. But anyway nothing really special, which was a bit of a disappointment. Therefore we finally bought the same beer as we drink back home, Grolsch!
Grolsch Brewery (Grolsche Bierbrouwerij) is a Dutch brewery founded in 1615 by Willem Neerfeldt in Groenlo (Grolle). The beer from Groenlo gradually became better known in the surroundings of Groenlo. Through the years the demand for Grolsch beer shifted from a local to national and eventually international level. It is a bit bitter and has a pale colour. You can taste the hop flavour, and has a alcohol content of 5 percent. You should try it!
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
Most people are polite here...
Most people are polite here and speak several languages. But keep in mind that most of the habitants in Haarlem don't make contact easily. They are a bit different then the habitants of Amsterdam for example.
On the picture: the flowercarpet in Haarlem. Wanna see more flowers? In the travelogue are pictures of Floriade 2002 (biggest flower & art garden in the world) and the Flower Parade 2002 to be found :o)
Thoen en Thans
Thoen en Thans is a walk along authentic business in operation. It's a perfect opportunity to see all trades still being done, local products to see and in some cases taste and smell.
I recomment to explore their website first and create your own tour along businesses you want to visit.
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
Frans Hals Museum, Klein...
Frans Hals Museum, Klein Heiligland, Haarlem
Teylers Museum, Spaarne, Haarlem
Grote or St. Bavo church, Grote Markt, Haarlem
Organ concerts every thursdayevening at 20.00 in summer in the St.Bavo church and every saturday at 15.00 in the New St.Bavochurch at the Bottemanneplein.
Concerts in the Concerthall in the Lange Begijnestraat and for theatre there is the 'Stadschouwburg' at the Wilsonsplein.
Laurens Janszoon Koster was...
Laurens Janszoon Koster was proported to have inadvertently discovered the art of printing when he walked in the woods one day and cut pieces of wood bark into letter for his grandchildren's amusement. The letters fell in the sand and the impressions they left gave him the idea that it could be used for printing letters on paper. This was some twelve years prior to noted German, Gutenberg, printing his 42 line Bible, the first example of printing in book form.
The Teyler Museum, located in...
The Teyler Museum, located in the beautiful city of Haarlem, is the oldest museum in The Netherlands.
It was named after Pieter Teyler van der Hulst, the 18th Century merchant who bequeathed his fortune for the advancement of art and science.
Teyler's generosity resulted in 1784, in the opening of the first public Museum in The Netherlands.
Visiting this wonderful place is like making a fantastic voyage of discovery, starting millions of years ago and leading into the 21st Century.
The journey takes the visitors past fossils and minerals, from drawings and paintings to scientific instruments, medals and coins.
The Museum is not only renowned for its collection but also for its so impressive architecture, which is a splendid example of Dutch Classicism.
Of special interest is the museum's historic presentation, unchanged since the 18th and 19th Century, making it a true monument of more tan two Centuries of Dutch cultural History.
A new wing, opened in 1996, gives room to temporary exhibitions of great diversity!
My advice is: do go there and remember that from Amsterdam it will take only 15-20 minutes by train to reach HAARLEM.
Talk to someone who knows ...
I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.
However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.
For me the travel tips I have written down in this section made the most of mine travel experience and I came home in the same happy, healthy state that I left.
- Family Travel
- Road Trip