Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Haarlem notes; & Final Haarlem fotos.

  • There's suprisingly little motor traffic here. So, getting from one side of a main road to the other is a doddle. What this means, of course, is that it's more dangerous here crossing a pavement/sidewalk than a road. Which makes sense to someone, I guess
  • Coming from Spain, it's a shock to realise that people are aware of your existence. And even move out of your way, if there's a chance you'll bump into each other. So, none of the frequent Spanish paso dobles. When a postman emptying a postbox moved out of my path, I felt like shouting "There's no need to do that! I'm Spanish". But didn't.
  • Many ground floor flats in the narrow streets don't adorn their windows with curtains or blinds. Presumably the Dutch don't do what other people do on their carpets, tables and washing machines. Or maybe they do.
  • Like me, the Dutch - or some of them anyway - prefer mayonnaise on their chips/fries. Well, they call it 'mayonnaise' but it tastes to me more like the tangier 'salad cream' I much prefer.

A nice building in the local vernacular

A church converted into a brewery and bar:

Inside the church-cum-brewery-cum-bar, where their home-made gin and tonic cost me a mere €10. Yes, the carpets are on the ceiling:

All that's left of another church where a modern building now stands, just outside the church-cum-brewery-cum-bar. 

A boat one could presumably buy quite cheaply.

A statue of 3 old ladies, which my host told me was 'nothing special'. I demurred on the grounds that a pregnant 80 year-old was really something out of the ordinary.

And, finally, a department store which really should be knocked down:


Alfred B. Mittington said...

Allow me to culinary-correct you.

ALL the Dutch put Mayonnaise on their 'frites'. Those who do not are only watching their weight. But you will not find a single Dutch person who sprinkles vinegar onto his chips. It is simply Not Done, and forbidden by law, I believe.

As for the 'Mayonnaise', you are right it is rarely true Mayonnaise (which would be far too heavy and sticky to eat with ease). Yet in a proper Snack Bar, it will not be salad dressing either, but something in between (both in taste and texture) which goes by the name of Frites Saus.


Colin Davies said...

Salad cream isn't really a dressing.

I was offered Dutch or Belgian mayonnaise. The Belgian was said to be tangier. So, I took that.

Vinegar was said to be on offer too. But I didn't take it.

What a delight it is to see a comment from you virutally every day. What would I do without them!?

Alfred B. Mittington said...

Without my daily comment, you would assume that people swallow all the nonsense you write, your ego would bloat, and you would write even more scandalous baloney. So I protect you from your own worse inclinations. A word of thanks would be appreciated from time to time…


Alfred B. Mittington said...

Oh, and as for the Mayo's: a True Traveller would have taken both Dutch and Belgian 'Mayonnaise', compared them, and reported his findings to his curious readers. But perhaps you're only pretending to be on a journey of discovery?