While I was staying in Veslerbroek (near Haarlem), we headed out for a day near the ports and beaches. Our last stop of the day was the beach at the North Sea. It was unlike any other beach I have seen. I reminded me of pictures of the coast in Maine. The weather was freezing and windy, but the company was great. It was wonderful being outside of a city and smelling the salty air. The beach bum in me felt so refreshed after walking down the beach line to the pier.