Haarlem is the capital of the province of North Holland, which at one time was one of the most powerful of the seven provinces of the Dutch Republic. The city is located on the river Spaarne, about 20 km west of Amsterdam and near the coastal dunes. It has been the historical center of the tulip bulb-growing district for centuries and bears the nickname 'Bloemenstad' (flower city).
Ed had to work, so on the sixth day, Liesbeth & I took the train from Hoorn to Haarlem and spent 8 hours walking around Haarlem city central. What an adventure !!!!