Posted by: ourtravelingcircus | June 27, 2012

Haarlem and the ten Boom house

Not surprisingly, the day got off to a slow start. I was the first one up at 9:30. We made it out the door just after 1 PM.

First stop: a few orders of fresh french fries, with a big side of mayonnaise. I would never have tried this combination without a tip from our friend Carol, an American who lived in the Netherlands for 13 years. But the mayonnaise is slightly different here and let me tell you, it’s better than ketchup. We cleaned out the bag while sitting at the square outside the Grote Markt. We’d had a late breakfast. This was lunch.

Sadly, after the french fry purchase we had only large bills, but I enjoyed browsing the street market anyway. It’s the large china that really attracts me and that would be hard to get home in one piece. At least, that’s how I’m consoling myself.

At 2:45, we took the English speaking tour at the Corrie ten Boom house museum. There is a genuine happy feel to this house, and I think what impressed me most this time was hearing how the ten Booms tried to make the war years fun for their guests even during a time when all their lives were in danger. They had musical evenings, learned languages together, and acted out plays.

Elizabeth and another guest looking inside the hiding place. The tour guide said any kids could go inside, but she declined. He had just described how the bucket used as the emergency toilet got tipped over by mistake in the dark after the Gestapo sealed off the house. We explained that it had been cleaned up long ago, but this knowledge wasn’t good enough for Elizabeth.

This is the window some of the occupants of the hiding place used to escape after the raid.

Right across from the ten Boom dining room: H&M. Just a funny incongruity.



  1. Oh, my….that was the #1 place I wanted to visit…SO very glad you could enjoy fully!

  2. Wonderful to see the real place after being in the play. Quite a bit like I’d pictured it. Elizabeth and the pee – so funny.

  3. When Jeff read the part about the mayo being slightly different over there, he wondered if perhaps it was more like Miracle Whip (he’s a fan). 🙂

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