A Wedding in Holland

I had the pleasure of travelling to Holland or more specifically, Haarlem to watch a dear old friend get married. It had been years since I had traveled to Europe and even longer since I had been to Holland. What a stunning place. Because I have friends there, I have been able to travel there several times and get out of Amsterdam.  I love big vibrant cities but seeing smaller cities is also very telling. You see another side of a country. This blog post shares my adventures to a wedding in Holland!

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I flew into Amsterdam a few days earlier than my sister so had a day and a half to explore on my own. I honestly can’t tell you the last time I was in a foreign city on my own. I walked the river banks of Amsterdam, explored small shops and paid 5 euros for an Americano. Insane I know. But I wanted good coffee.
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Rows and rows of bikes. I don’t know if I will ever get over how vibrant their bicycle culture is. I saw every walk of life zipping by confidently on a bicycle. Mothers with small infants/toddlers coming from day care, a Muslim woman in her niqab, children following their parents on their commute home. Simply amazing.

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All the cutest shops were simple and bright. No need to be flashy and garish. No one uses that word except for me. Garish.

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Haarlem was so quaint. And so full of history and life. I would recommend that when folks are traveling to Holland to spend a few days in Haarlem. What a great way to get out of Amsterdam but still be incredibly close to the city.

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This is where my friend got married. Stunning right????? Like look at that building.

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No need for fancy or fussy decor when the setting is simply stunning.

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Just wild animals roaming the property. Why don’t we have this in Canada?

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Holland is famous for it’s flowers. The wedding flowers did not disappoint.

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Right?

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We loved every minute of it. So honored to be included in Fiona’s special day.

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Dutch wedding dreams!

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Apparently it is Dutch tradition that neighbours put flags out for the couple on the day of their wedding.

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The neighbours rode their bikes to the wedding! YES!!!!

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Fiona and Felix’s adorable backyard.

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