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):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.)Below: this little archway leads to the big church on the market square:Below: the big church (St. Bavo) on the market squareBelow: 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.Below: me in front of one of these little shops, as a matter of fact: a barber shopBelow: in the pavement in front of the barber you see thisBelow: before we go on with the tour… a close-up of my new shoes (Tommy Hilfiger), suede with a leather toe. Very, very comfortable shoesBelow: 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).Below: a little peep inside one of those little shopsBelow: 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 sideBelow: as that little shop is an antique jeweller, I had to have a little lookBelow: 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.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?Below: we needed cold cuts, strawberries and raspberries. No problem. All biological.Below: and flowersBelow: lots of flowersBelow: 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.Below: I always enjoy a good cappuccino. As you can see I don’t photoshop wrinkles. Mama is getting older. Period.Below: the view to the right of the terraceBelow: 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.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.Below: and this is the genius (Inge) who gets my sorry excuse for hair into such good shape (her staff is equally skilled)Below: a close-up of my little bag which you saw before in this post Below: now look what a pencil skirt can do…. I dropped my keys from my little bag…Above and below: a gentleman came to the rescue. Would that have happened if I had been in my jeans?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)Below: ….where I tried this Max Mara belt…Below: ….and it is in the bag….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:Tell me honestly… too many pictures? Did you skip through it and sighed?