haarlem, netherlands

The Keukenhof Garden, "Kitchen Garden," is known as the Garden of Europe. It is situated on 15th century hunting grounds, covers 32 acres, and is home to more than seven million blooming bulbs.

keukenhof garden

haarlem streets

haarlem street market

saint bavo church

While visiting Saint Bavo at Easter, these actors were preparing for their Easter Play.  A grave in the floor of St. Bavo. Legend says only the rich can afford to be buried here. Regardless of wealth and preservation, the corpses rotted as they lay under the stone floor. This gave rise to the phrase "stinking rich."   An angel on the underside of the Organ of Sint Bavokerk, built by Christian Müller, completed in 1738, it has 60 voices, and 32 foot pedal towers. Referenced in Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, "Seeing all these colonnades of bone so methodically ranged about, would you not think you were inside of the great Haarlem organ, and gazing upon its thousand pipes?" Famous musicians have played this organ, including Mendelssohn, Händel, and a 10 year old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.