October 27, 2019



Haarlem looks so picaresque! I love seeing all those bikers. You had quite the trip, Sallie!

Linda Walcroft

Thanks for commenting on my blog. There is a link to the wool pictures at https://www.etsy.com/shop/BridgetsFarmCart?section_id=20435326. The list is now very short, so apparently she sold several over the weekend.


A definite contrast in self services yet a nice transition. I want to just stay there longer.


I'd love to visit


hi sallie...as i read your text about being on your own here in the netherlands, having that little bit of fear, i could totally relate. it is nice to have everything laid out for you but i think you adapted well to being on your own. it looks like a really beautiful place, i just love the canals and the outdoor area for dining. i also like the concept of 2 bikes for every resident, it is soothing to me to see the people on bikes and the walkways uncluttered! this has been such a great trip, "i" have really enjoyed it!!

Peter B.

What a wonderful way to divide up your vacation, going from a tour to being independent! I don't hear of people doing that often, but it's a great idea. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Michelle Keltner

I have been telling my husband about your river cruise and I hope we will be taking one. LOVE this trip and the photos you have posted of The Netherlands. So beautiful. Thank you for linking up.


Amazing ho wthe windmills work, seen a lot when I used to go to Holland, the town is typicl of most Duch towns

Mary Howell Cromer

Hello my friend. I want to thank you so very much for the kindness shown in your comments in past months. It's been a most difficult time and more yet to come.

It looks like you are once again on a journey and how beautiful it is. I have always been fascinated by windmills and the ones you have posted along with other views are so beautiful.

Have a great time, take care and thank you again~

Amy Franks

I like how the buildings especially the roofs are all different from anywhere else and I've wondered if blogs are very comfortable to wear.

betty - NZ

Once again, you took me to a place I will probably not ever see for myself. Thanks so much for sharing your adventures with us!!

I'm so glad to see you at 'My Corner of the World' this week!
My Corner of the World


I have thoroughly enjoyed your vacation photos. This is a country I have never seen but my travel virtually with you has been such a neat way to see it. Great photos!


What a beautiful place



Harlem is really a charming town. We visited it years ago and liked it. Return to the real life is always a little difficult but a pleasure for me too. I love everyday life.

David Gascoigne

A fascinating account, Sallie. Seems like you really embraced the spirit of the country. It is many, many years since I set foot in Holland but I remember it as a very welcoming country - and incredibly clean!

Bob Bushell

I really enjoyed your trip in Holland, beautiful photos.


Hello, Salle. Your trip is amazing.. Wonderful tour of the Netherlands. I enjoyed seeing the windmill, the lovely buildings and canal. They do have a lot of bicycles there, waiting for your to ride. Great post, thanks for sharing your trip. ENjoy your day and week ahead.

Linda Walcroft

How charming! Looks like a nice place to live.


What a wonderful trip. So glad that you wrote about it. And thank you for visiting the Garden Spot.


The wonder of travel is kind of picturing yourself really living in such a different place from home. This looks like a place I would love to visit. You brought it alive. I'm so happy you got to go.

ellen b

Well, this was a peaceful and beautiful spot to get used to fending for yourselves again. Great shots of the different types of bicycles being used creatively. Such a wonderful trip you enjoyed.


Looks like you had a wonderful time. It is so interesting to see different cultures and their way of everyday life.

riitta k

Beautiful windmills! And they are such a typical sight of the Netherlands. Also these old decorative houses look wonderful, standing so tight to each other. What a lovely vacation you had!

Little Wandering Wren

How wonderful is Kinderdijk with all those windmills - it is just like a postcard. I have a very soft spot for The Netherlands, I would happily be one of those people spotted whizzing about on a bicycle, the dutch seem to have life sussed and I can tell you enjoyed Harlem very much!


...wow, so many wonderful things to see. I'd love to see the windmills and the canals. Thanks for taking me along on the tour!

Iris Flavia

That looks like a very, very beautiful place!
Nice to see you have so much fun!


Wow, you were in the Netherlands! Looks familiar for me and: I ride my bike all the days too. Haven't car...
Gretings from Germany


Great to see Haarlem. Indeed a gorgeous city. I have never been there but would love to visit one day. I love these bikes and remember how I used to bike with one child on the front and one on the back when living in the Netherlands

Sondra Walling

What an adorable city! This one is my fav of the ones you visited, its so quaint, different, and distinctive! You guys are seasoned world travelers and did a great job of staying in a foreign place and being right at home!

Photo Cache

What an incredible trip. This is the cruise that I always dreamed of. I'm glad I got to experience it through your posts.

Alan B Bates

What a great town you visited. The photos are intriguing. What would it be like to have a self contained town that was not on a freeway to the big city.
Sounds like you had a great time even if you did have to schlepp your way out of there.

Lavender Dreamer

I've never imagined all those different kinds of bicycles! How clever they all are. And how nice that you enjoyed it there and got to really soak it up! It really does look idyllic!

William Kendall

Beautiful shots! My parents were quite familiar with this area.

Lydia C. Lee

That sign is quite interesting,isn't it? Lovely shots. We didn't get there but I did love the windmills!

Fun 60

How exciting to see a part of the Netherlands that is not Amsterdam (which I love). Just the right place to settle back to being land lubbers again.

bill burke

What a beautiful place to visit. Fatastic photos. Love those windmills and the scenery. Bikes are everywhere. :)
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.


Unfortunately I know too many Dutch people, my DIL included and her family. They are a bit special, and not very much liked by the other European countries especially as tourists, because they are very stingy. My DIL has improved because of my son, but her family is a disaster ! Except her father who is a normal guy. I don't like Holland very much but I admit it looks nice when you see it once and you don't live there ! My son has only English or American friends no Dutchs at all and he lives now for over 10 years in Amsterdam.


It's my dream to visit the Netherlands one day, Sallie, so I especially loved this post! As a child, I was fascinated by a few books I had that took place in Holland and I love Delt china and have a few pieces so I'd love to visit that city. Haarlem looks so picturesque 00I'm adding that to my list!

A ShutterBug Explores

Oh what a beautiful place and love the iconic windmills and wooden shoes ~ Great photos ~ ^_^

Happy Day to You,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)


The Quote from the Windows is a good sentence... real but sounds a little bit embittered, top.

The Netherlands are wonderful... happy MosaicMonday

Jennifer Jilks

An amazing trip. And those bikes!!!


Great trip! I enjoyed your gorgeous pictures,thanks for sharing!

Cathy Keller

Amazing photos. How wonderful to spend this time in a casual visit without too many time constraints! It is so great that the windmills are still functioning. It is a testament to the character of the people and love of the land!! Thank you!

Linda P

I love the Netherlands as did my parents so I have happy memories of that country, souvenirs and artwork in our home. Your photos are interesting and I can imagine that you had a relaxing time sitting at a café or two and exploring the area around your B and B.


Haarlem looks delightful: the perfect spot for a break😊. It's good that you so enjoyed it before
continuing your adventures!


How adventurous of you to spend time on your own discovering Europe. You make it sound easy and exciting. We are starting to find travel a bit stressful so we are becoming homebodies but we have travelled lots in the past 40 years.

Jutta Kupke

Impressive pictures, beautifully summarized in a beautiful collage!
My contribution

Veronica Lee

The Netherlands is an absolutely wonderful place to visit. Love your fabulous photos.

Happy Monday, Sallie!

Lady Fi

Oh, it looks like a delightful place to spend time!

Penelope Notes

Everyone cycling must make for a healthy society. What a picturesque place and quite the adventure being on your own in a different land after experiencing an attentive cruise ship staff. The windmills are spectacular and foreshadowing the current wind turbines.


Sallie - how absolutely delightful! Your visit to the Netherlands sounds remarkably similar to our days in Hamburg. I could have spent every day just finding a new café and watching the world go by! Thanks for linking these fabulous photos to Mosaic Monday!


Everything I've heard about Holland make it sound like the perfect place to visit. Your photos show a charming city that would be a great place to vacation.

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