A pelican & a windmill walk into the Grote Market…

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Haarlem was a short train ride away from Amsterdam, and though I went mainly for the Ten Boom Huis, I took an hour to stroll through the Grote Markt, fresh fruit salad and kiwi-banana juice in hand.

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St. Bavo Kerk//Church of St. Bavo

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The first thing I noticed walking into the church: The floor is made entirely of grave slabs. Morbidly fascinating. The next feature to grab my attention was the gaudy, looming organ that was once played by Mozart.

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Nice pelican, right? Pelicans are great symbols of sacrifice in Christianity… and apparently this is what the 15th century Dutch thought pelicans looked like! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I wandered along the canals, cone of fries in hand, enjoying the spring flowers popping up everywhere.

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I couldn’t leave The Netherlands without seeing a traditional wind mill up close!

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