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Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague July 26th 2019

Picking up where we left off last night... We headed to Damrak 5 to board our dinner cruise. It was an open air boat, which would ordinarily be nice, but due to the extreme heat here, made things a little uncomfortable. But, we survived, and enjoyed a canal-eye view of all things Amsterdam. We saw many houseboats in varying condition and learned that no more may be sold, so they are at a premium. We saw many locals on boats and in the water seeking respite from the heat and at one point stumbled upon hundreds of boats that created a kind of "redneck yacht club" (a country song recalled by Rich). The dinner was pretty good but, universally, we all particularly liked the red pepper soup served in a cappuccino mug. Sitting at the next ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague July 21st 2019

Friday was a day set aside to visit with the Doreleyers family in Schijndel, my father’s hometown about a 25-minute car ride from where we’re staying. Dutch and English were freely intermingled and Marion is beginning to understand some of it. We had dinner back at the house from Albert Heijn, the grocery store at the end of our street that has many freshly prepared foods. On Saturday July 20 we drove the 1 1/2 hour to The Hague to meet up with our friend Hans, from the Ottawa-The Hague Twinning Games back in the eighties. We started with some excellent coffee at Capriole at the Fokkerkade from where we travelled by tram the rest of the day. Sandwich of the day at the Kicking Horse Cafe was a roasted chicken sandwich with a whole bunch ... read more
Market at The Hague
Market at The Hague
Van Kleef Distillery

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague May 10th 2019

Nog 1 nacht te gaan en dan is het eindelijk zo ver. Het gene waar ik maanden lang naar heb uitgekeken en voor heb gespaard: ik ga voor een jáár lang helemaal alleen op reis! Maar waarom zou iemand helemaal alleen voor zo'n lange tijd weg van huis willen gaan? Sommige doen het om iets te verwerken, anderen doen het om van de dagelijkse sleur te ontsnappen. Ik doe het voornamelijk om twee redenen: 1. Ik wil mijzelf (her)ontdekken om er achter te komen wat ik verder in mijn leven wil gaan doen. Na twee keer een studie niet afgemaakt te hebben voelde ik mijzelf een beetje doelloos en heb ik wat horeca baantjes en zelfs heel even in de sales gewerkt. De horecabaantjes waren best prima en met name bij mij laatste baan bij Vitesse ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague November 3rd 2018

I woke up fairly early on my last day in Amsterdam. I hoped to get a small breakfast from the hotel restaurant but it was either all you can eat for 25 euros or nada. Instead, I went out for a little walk along the canals and cute streets, looking for a nice little shop to get a little food. It was a nice stroll, and I enjoyed seeing the buildings that had settled, tilted or cracked significantly. It was something we had all discussed a bit, curious as to why we didn't see many. But I think if you looked closely, you could. It is still amazing as many of these buildings are very old, built on timber piles that penetrate only into the first sand layer. I also enjoyed seeing the city workers cleaning ... read more
Royal Palace
Oliebollen stall

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague August 5th 2017

We hopped on the tram today to visit the beach and resort area of Scheveningen On the Zider Zee (North Sea). It was a very windy day and the waves were just wild. We immediately pulled off the shoes and headed for the sand and sea. We saw many adventurous kite 🏄 surfers out on the water. The wind was so powerful we marvelled at how they could hang on to those kites and were not airborne! After our paddle in the sea we wandered up to the promenade and wandered along the oceanside. 🏖 Lots of open air cafes and there was also a casino. 🎡 A Ferris wheel on a pier over the ocean. Such a windy day, we didn't want to chance it. Many people were out strolling in the sunshine and enjoying ... read more
Deb loving the ocean waves!
Palace on the beach

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague August 3rd 2017

A rainy day (we've had very few on this trip). We donned our rain coats and decided to go for a walk in the neighbourhood to find a cache called "Emma's Hof". We knew we would find a garden but were we in for a surprise! It's hard to imagine such a beautiful place among city apartments and town houses but this community came together to create a beautiful large garden right among these buildings. It is clearly a labour of love for all involved and in the garden we found a small building where people gather to share a cup of coffee or a glass of wine together. There is a small creek where kids can play and a beautiful mosaic wall. We were surprised to find a "WC" in this lovely place and how ... read more
Emma's Hof
Emma's Hof
Emma's Hof

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague September 8th 2016

Roger was up by 6:00am and went down for breakfast. I'd ordered coffee to be delivered to the room at 7:00am. There was no rush this morning. Our main objective was to do our laundry. We headed out about 8:30, after I bought two 24 hour tram passes. With everything in a backpack, we set out to the nearest tram stop. The hotel is located so that no matter where you want to go in the city you have to turn left, then backtrack right. To ride the tram you scan your pass when you get on and when you get off. Our stop was the first for us and last for everyone else: Central Station. From there we walked to blocks into town, then turned left for two blocks to the laundromat. Roger figured out ... read more
Happy Inn Laundromat
Delft Apprentice
$7k Vase

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague June 10th 2016

The Hague (Den Haag) was only a 30 minute train ride from Haarlem so planned a one day trip there. We wanted to visit on the way north in 2013 but didn’t get the chance so now that we soon will be leaving the Netherlands we took the opportunity. Haarlem has an excellent art museum of work by Frans Hals, but decided not to go as our plan was to visit the Mauritshuis and the Escher Museum in The Hague. The Mauritshuis is known for its collection of the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age of Artists which would naturally include Frans Hals. The train trip to Den Haag took us through one of the agricultural areas of the country. Many had been fields of flowers that were now empty except for the greens left behind and ... read more
All "Free Space" Seems to be for Bicycle Parking
The Escher Museum
These Light Fixtures Were Specially Designed

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague July 29th 2015

Hi Everyone, Next Saturday, I'm on my way home. This was the last weekend in Europe, so I stayed home to pack in the Hague and to visit with friends. I managed to sneak in the Escher Museum for some cool art, but otherwise it was a good chance to catch up on sleep. Cheers, Joel... read more

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague June 3rd 2015

I arrived in The Hague late last night and met up with my roommates aunt, who is the court reporter for the final trial being held at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Last night was also the first full night sleep I got since I began travelling so it was well needed. The next morning I went to the ICTY to witness part of this final trial, the man on trial is Ratko Mladic, nicknamed the "Butcher of Bosnia," who was Chief of Staff of the Army of Republika Srpska and is accused of being responsible for the Siege of Sarajevo, the largest massacre in Europe post-WWII. The tribunal was really interesting as at the time i was there the main defence lawyer was questioning a witness, but this lawyer had quite ... read more

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