Zandvoort aan Zee, Haarlem and Rotterdam

After a lazy morning and brunch we head out to central station passing many Feyenoord football fans arriving in Rotterdam for the big game. If they win today they’ll win the Eredivisie, the Dutch equivalent of the Premier League. Someone let’s off a very noisy firework outside the train station which makes us all jump. Let’s hope they win as it could get messy.

Off on the train again to the seaside. Zandvoort aan Zee has a huge windswept golden beach which is very busy this Sunday. Lots of kite surfers about and many wind breaks too. It’s not a pretty place though.

We enjoy a cuppa hiding behind glass screens protecting us from the cold breeze and then have a very short walk down the beach before heading back to the train to take us to Haarlem.

The city of Haarlem is the capital of North Holland and in the old town has the typical huge square called Grote Markt surrounded by ancient and rather ornate buildings including the huge St Bavo church. The cafes and bars are teaming with people enjoying a drink on a Sunday afternoon. After a wander around including a visit to a strong smelling cheese shop, we find a bar by the canal and quaff a beer. It’s breezy so we move closer to the train station and have a second beer in a bar on the square and snack on Bitterballen and Fries….. again… I’ll just have to dream about a decent lunch!

Back into Rotterdam, Feyenoord having won 3-0, the streets are teeming with celebrating supporters and honking cars. We see one fight break out on our walk back to the apartment but luckily it’s short lived.

Spag bol and garlic bread for dinner to end another busy 17000+ steps day.

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