Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Continuing Adventures, part 3

I got myself confused and part 2 can be found at: Being a right brain person, this html/computer business sometimes skips my notice and I have posted on the wrong blog. Sorry.

And so, on to Haarlem, a charming old town, west of Amsterdam. Surprise, surprise but Monday is a market day and what sort of market - why fabrics, of course!

A beautiful day and the lovely St. Bavo Kathedral. I believe that Mozart played the organ in this church. And the carillon plays every 15 minutes throughout the day.

As in many larger cities, Haarlem has a Beguin-hof (spelling ????). It is a cul-de-sac of small homes, often built for the women of the community who provided services to the church, but were not nuns. A few were provided for the poor couples of the community as well, but the wives had to move out if their husbands died. Hmmm. The grounds are open to the public for limited hours - usually very peaceful with beautifully tended gardens.

On a grey, rainy, dreary Tuesday morning I left Haarlem for the airport and my trip back to the U.S. By the afternoon (as our plane was almost 2 hours late) the skies had cleared. Now where else can you find such classy ladies rooms in an airport

Lucky, lucky me!


Passionate Quilter said...

Wow--you packed a lot in and it seems like you just left! And you sure made it around too! I didn't know there was a quilt shop in the Hague--I wonder if Ted knows? Hmm, something to check out next time. And I love 'the boys' shop (Den Waag...)but I have more than enough from there. :) Glad you are home safe.

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Stephanie said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic time on your trip Marne! Holland is obviously the place to be for great fabrics :) And great friends!

I'll let you know how I get on with the quilting ... hopefully succesful!!

Caroline said...

See you in september, so you can show me all your quiltshops. greetings Caro

Susan said...

What wonderful buildings! Thanks for the tour. It's so nice to see things on here that I'll never really see. You did a lot in your time there!

Lucy said...

Ohh no you have been to Haarlem. That's the place where I live!!!! Did you vist the shop where I work?? I lveo to read about your trip!