It's been one month since I moved to Amsterdam. During this time I was busy settling in my new home and I didn't travel faraway from it.
But this sunny February Saturday morning I took the train from Amsterdam Centraal Station towards Haarlem. It was the first time traveling with the bike. You are allowed to take the bike in trains any time during the weekend. You will need to buy a `Fietskaart dal` ticket which costs 6.9EUR. And in 20 minutes you are in Haarlem.
There I met with the rest of the group, other Romanian expats in Amsterdam. From Haarlem central station we cycled to Zandvoort. The ride took us through Zuid-Kennemerland National Park, a park with a variety of landscapes.
If you are like me a beginner with the bike, it will not be easy to get there, especially if you don't have a proper bike, with more gears. But it will be worthing all the effort. Expect some slopes.
|View of the park from an observation point |
|You could see on my face I was struggling|
I didn't take too many photos from the trail because I was busy pedalling and enjoying with bare eyes the scenery.
Along the beach there are some nice restaurants opened also during the winter. Just walk or lay down on the beach and enjoy the sun!
On the way back we took another trail through the same national park.
|It's only you and the nature, and the sunset as your witness.|
If you still have time left you can give it a ride in Haarlem too.
|Enjoy the sunset over the canals from Haarlem|
In the city centre of Haarlem is The St. Bavo Church, an impressive gothic church. It's hard to miss it.
|The St. Bavo Church in Haarlem|
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