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Blair McDowell's blog includes in-depth travel articles, details about her writing, backgrounds for her romantic suspense novels, and reviews of novels she has read. The places she visits often provide inspiration and motivation for her novels, so as you read through her travel blogs you may recognize the locales for some of her past novels, or understand where she gets ideas for her future stories.
2016 Trip to Europe - Day 3 in Haarlem, The Netherlands
Day 3 - Haarlem
Sint Bravo Kirk, Haarlem
We had an easy, restful day today.
Haarlem is a delightful walking town. There was a small outdoor market in the
town square. We bought some pieces of rather unusual fabric to have made into
cushions later. Easy to pack. Museums are closed here on Monday, so we spent
our time simply enjoying the many aspects of this lovely town. The canals, the
large, beautiful windmill, the shops. We revisited the Kirk to see it more
completely than we could during last night’s concert. It is impressive.I’m always struck by how much the ceilings of
these very old churches look like upside down boat hull construction.
Abutting the church in the most
curious way are a whole row of shops. They look like they were built at the
same time as the church. They house a shop that sells shawls, a barber,
complete with red and white striped pole, and who seems to live over his shop,
a goldsmiths, one that sells small animal toys for children, and one that sells
gelato. Wonderful gelato in many, many flavors.
Grand Cafe Brinkmann
We found a delightful place for
lunch, the Grand Café Brinkmann. It dates from the late eighteen hundreds. All
dark wooden beams and high ceilings. Good food in an interesting setting on the
town square. It was full at lunch time. We’ll return to it while we’re here. I’m
of the opinion that when you find really good food in a really nice setting,
you make the restaurant your own. I suspect we’ve accidentally stumbled into
the best this town has to offer.
Today we walked to the train station
and back (10 blocks each way). Those of you who know me will realize this was
an achievement – and far farther than my knee doctor recommends. Have to get
into shape for all those miles through museums.
Tomorrow we’ll do a day trip by
train to Delft, home of the famous blue and white tiles and china.
Blair McDowell's latest Suspense tale takes the reader to Italy's beautiful Amalfi Coast.
Eve are two people who have both been through their own versions of hell. They
are both certain that they are not ready to enter into a relationship, but love
finds them anyway. Then it takes them on the non-stop thrill ride of their
When Eve Anderson meets Adamo de Leone on a ship bound for Europe, she has
no idea of the dark secret that will endanger both their lives. She
accompanies him to his home on Italy’s Amalfi Coast to open an inn left
to him by his grandfather. But then she learns he spent 5 years in
prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. Could the man she loves
be responsible for embezzling eighty million dollars from the investment
firm he once owned?
Adamo wants to hold Eve at arm’s length until he can clear his proud
family name. But when there is an attempt on his life and Eve is
terrorized by a gun-bearing thug, he realizes how much he wants her, and
he must accept whatever help he can get to uncover the well-hidden
trail of a six-year-old crime.
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