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Location - Western Europe; Capital - Amsterdam; Population - 17 million; Currency - Euro MORE NETHERLANDS

From Amsterdam I spent a morning in Haarlem before moving on to Utrecht - May 2010.

 

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neth166Haarlem's main square is the Grote Markt

 

 

neth165Dominating the Grote Markt is the Grote Kerk van St Bavo, Haarlem's cathedral

 

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neth168Inside the Grote Kerk van St Bavo is a huge organ, once played by Handel and Mozart - Haarlem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth164Another historic building in the Grote Markt is the Vleeshal (meat hall) - Haarlem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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neth159A jam-packed bicycle park in Haarlem

 

 

neth162Outside the Corrie ten Boom house. Corrie ten Boom, along with her family, protected many Jews and members of the resistance during World War II - Haarlem

 

 

neth169Heading south from the Grote Markt - Haarlem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth171One of the side streets off Grote Houtstraat - Haarlem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth172At the end of this street is the 14th century Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) - Haarlem

 

 

neth174The grounds of the Proveniershuis, built in the 17th century as a hofje (almshouse) for elderly men - Haarlem

 

 

neth177A mouldy old bike in Haarlem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth180This statue reminds me of Donnie Darko - Utrecht

 

 

neth186The 112 metre high Domtoren (Dom Tower) is the cathedral tower - Utrecht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth187Through the arch of the Dom Tower to the cathedral - Utrecht

 

 

neth195Breathe in the chemicals at the multi-coloured urinoirs, next to the cathedral - Utrecht

 

 

neth189The charming cathedral courtyard with Dom Tower to the left - Utrecht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth190The Pandhof is a 15th century cathedral courtyard - Utrecht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth194Next to the Dom Tower are a few bars/restaurants - Utrecht

 

 

neth196And of course Utrecht has a few canals running through the city

 

 

neth198This one kept giving me the eye - Utrecht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth199A great location for a house - Utrecht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth200And for a boat ride - Utrecht

 

 

neth202Not quite Swan Lake, more Swan Canal - Utrecht

 

 

neth203It's not only Amsterdam that has coffee shops - Utrecht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth205Coloured reflections outside Buurkerk, a church on Buurkerkhof - Utrecht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth206I'm pretty sure this is the Utrecht Town Hall. In the foreground a canal tunnel glows blue.

 

 

neth208A café opposite the 13th century city walls - Maastricht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth209A very picturesque area, just south of the ramparts - Maastricht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth214Taking the first steps into the North Caves, a network of underground tunnels next to Fort St Pieter - Maastricht

 

 

neth216Manual labourers, called 'block breakers', cut limestone blocks from these caves for building construction, probably initiated by the Romans - Maastricht

 

 

neth218The charcoal drawings have been added in more recent years, though some of these are around 50 years old - Maastricht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth220The cave network stretched over 200kms with 20,000 tunnels.
Today it covers 70kms and 6,000 tunnels - Maastricht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth228Here, in the North Caves, there's an etching from 1941 of 'Salomon' (middle left). The tunnels were used to transfer goods during World War II, and also aided the movement of individual Allied soldiers, resistance fighters and Jews. 'Salomon' (hopefully the same one!) returned to etch his name again in 1991 (bottom right) - Maastricht.

Connected to the North Caves, the Kazematten Caves (not pictured here) were used by locals as air raid shelters during World War II. A chapel and bakery were even built.

 

 

neth229Maastricht Underground conduct fascinating tours of the North and Kazematten caves. There's also the Zonneberg caves slightly further south (I don't know if tours are possible) - Maastricht

 

 

neth251A red flag flies above Fort St Pieter, which dates to 1701 - Maastricht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth213There's some decent views of Maastricht from Fort St Pieter.
The red tower is Sint Janskerk - Maastricht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth233A café's tables & chairs in the Onze Lieve Vrouweplein, with the square's church in the background - Maastricht

 

 

neth236Early evening in a deserted shopping district - Maastricht

 

 

neth237A small square just off Vrijthof - Maastricht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth238A book shop inside a church (or a mock-up church?) - Maastricht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth254Sculptures at Vrijthof, Maastricht's main square

 

 

neth241Vrijthof is home to Sint Servaasbasiliek (behind the tree) and Sint Janskerk, the red church to the left - Maastricht

 

 

neth244Sint Janskerk is a 17th century church - Maastricht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth247 Sint Servaasbasiliek, some of which dates to 1000, and Sint Janskerk at night - Maastricht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth249I've noticed a common theme in my Netherlands pages - climbing up church towers. This view is from the top of Sint Janskerk, looking down on Vrijthof and the towers of Sint Servaasbasiliek - Maastricht

 

 

neth253Surrounding the Vrijthof square are numerous restaurants and cafés - Maastricht

 

 

neth255A Vrijthof bar in the late evening - Maastricht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

neth256The other main square in Maastricht is the Markt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.holland.com - Netherlands tourist board

www.visitholland.nl

www.amsterdam.info - covering Amsterdam

www.utrechtyourway.nl - Utrecht info

www.vvv-maastricht.eu - Maastricht tourism

www.ns.nl - Dutch trains

www.eurostar.com - Eurostar train from London to Paris, Brussels and more

 

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