Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (1 van 32)Many times I have “guided” you through Amsterdam, but my own little town is just as pretty, only smaller. Today I am showing you the market in Haarlem as there are a lot of beautiful historic buildings around the market square. On Saturday there is an actual market where you can buy the usual things like vegetables, cheese (very Dutch) and loads of flowers (also very Dutch). I am going out on a limb here in showing you so many photos and only one outfit. If you disapprove, please let me know.

Ron took the photos again and the market was also his idea. Like a paparazzo he photographed me with a telelens and I felt quite the celebrity (below):Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (30 van 32)But let’s start at the beginning. After we parked the car (… it is a 15 minutes walk from our house to town, but not on high heels, thank you very much….), we went to the centre of town where Ron took a fabulous picture of my buttocks (below). Never had a decent behind, but in this Max Mara skirt (yes…from Italy again) it looks like I have. (The blouse is also Max Mara.)Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (2 van 32)Below: this little archway leads to the big church on the market square:Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (3 van 32)Below: the big church (St. Bavo) on the market squareHaarlem churchBelow: as the church is so big I have to show it to you in parts. There are lots of cafes and restaurants surrounding it. Underneath the green trees you see little windows, some of them with green shutters. They are little stores where they sell icecream, vintage bags, jewellery.Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (1 van 1)Below: me in front of one of these little shops, as a matter of fact: a barber shopBlack pencil skirt with lime blouse (7 van 32)Below: in the pavement in front of the barber you see thisBlack pencil skirt with lime blouse (6 van 32)Below: before we go on with the tour… a close-up of my new shoes (Tommy Hilfiger), suede with a leather toe. Very, very comfortable shoesBlack pencil skirt with lime blouse (5 van 32)Below: Ron said I needed to take a shopping bag with me to the market and handed me a super market bag. What a way to spoil an outfit!! No, this black one is my shopping bag (seriously).Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (4 van 32)Below: a little peep inside one of those little shopsBlack pencil skirt with lime blouse (8 van 32)Below: when we moved on we came across this historic building which used to be the Vleeshal (Meat Market). Now it is a place for exhibits. And again, there is a little shop in the outbuilding at the right sideBlack pencil skirt with lime blouse (9 van 32)Below: as that little shop is an antique jeweller, I had to have a little lookBlack pencil skirt with lime blouse (10 van 32)Below: onwards to the market. The building on your left is the Vleeshal (Meat Market). The building across the market square looks very close, but there is quite some distance between the two buildings. The green you see are topiary lime trees.Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (15 van 32)Below: as there are quite a lot of tourists in Haarlem, we sell clogs. This little boy tried on the advertising size. Isn’t he adorable?Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (11 van 32)Below: we needed cold cuts, strawberries and raspberries. No problem. All biological.Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (12 van 32)Below: and flowersBlack pencil skirt with lime blouse (13 van 32)Below: lots of flowersBlack pencil skirt with lime blouse (14 van 32)Below: time for a coffee stop on the terrace behind the lime trees. The necklace was made by Anja (The Curly Traveller) from bits and pieces I gave her.Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (16 van 32)Below: I always enjoy a good cappuccino. As you can see I don’t photoshop wrinkles. Mama is getting older. Period.Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (17 van 32)Below: the view to the right of the terraceBlack pencil skirt with lime blouse (20 van 32)Below: after having our coffee we went on our way to the hair dresser to have my fringe trimmed. Across the market where I complimented this English speaking lady in the green sweater with her pendant. She told me it was old. About 20 years. I replied that this was not old to me…. Had it been 100 years….. She laughed and said she wasn’t used to this European way of thinking yet.. That had us both lauhing. I have to say I didn’t ask her permission to put her photo on my blog (sorry dear lady). She will not be pleased as she looked a lot nicer in real life than this picture shows.Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (23 van 32)Below: at the hair dresser (Rob Peetoom, Lange Veerstraat), where Rosa trimmed my fringe. This is the same hair dressing salon where Sylvia of 40+Style, was so pleased about. See her and her hair-do here.Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (24 van 32)Below: and this is the genius (Inge) who gets my sorry excuse for hair into such good shape (her staff is equally skilled)Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (25 van 32)Below: a close-up of my little bag which you saw before in this post Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (26 van 32)Below: now look what a pencil skirt can do…. I dropped my keys from my little bag…Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (28 van 32)Above and below: a gentleman came to the rescue. Would that have happened if I had been in my jeans?Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (29 van 32)Below: on my way to the hair dresser I had passed a shop called Lab Women’s Clothing where I saw very interesting things… like the Vivienne Westwood skirts (below right)LabBelow: ….where I tried this Max Mara belt…Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (31 van 32)Below: ….and it is in the bag….Black pencil skirt with lime blouse (32 van 32)Below: now …  if you really think I go to the market dressed in a pencil skirt and high heels… you’ve got another thing coming. I am no elegant Daniella of the The Pretty Cute. I am Dutch and this is what I wore when I went back to town later that day, haha:Black pencil skirt (1 van 1)Tell me honestly… too many pictures? Did you skip through it and sighed?

Greetje

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