A late-night binge-watching session of Rick Steves’ Europe led me here. Just as he suggested, I rented a bike. I rode about 10+ miles that day. The day is mine to keep, hence the lack of pictures. In Haarlem, you rent a bike and grab pickled herring.  Lekker!

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