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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 May 21st 2017

This was my last day in the historic city of The Hague, and I had no time to waste. From my hotel everything of my interest was within easy walking. My first stop was the large impressive Binnenhof (Inner Court). This was a large set of centuries old connecting buildings built as a large rectangle with a large open courtyard inside. The Binnenhof was built in 1248 AD as a royal residence. In 1446 AD this became a home to the Dutch Parliament, and served a variety of governmental functions as it does today. The enclosed middle courtyard is open free to the people. There was large sections with fancy gates open for people to explore. The most impressive free standing structure near the center of the Binnenhof courtyard was the Ridderzaal (Knight's Hall) with its ... read more
old tram
old tram
Willem II statue

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague May 21st 2017

It was still my last day in The Hague and I had much more to see. Just meters away from the Binnennhof (Inner Court) was Mauritshuis (Maurits House) that was built in the 1600s AD as a private residence for Count Johan Maurits. In 1822 this fine structure was converted to an art museum. I can not remember the entry fee, but it was well worth it. When I entered I was greeted with a statue of Maurits. There was a large selection of fine original Dutch artwork. Then I entered the Royal Picture Gallery that had artwork dealing with the Dutch Royalty. Then I entered the Rembrandt Room with original paintings from this great Dutch artist. Leaving the art museum I wanted to walk by the long scenic Hofvijver (lake), on my nature walk. Not ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague May 20th 2017

I contacted a nice lady in The Hauge that I never met before and she agreed to meet with me and guide me on a walking tour of this nice city. I found some nice places to visit on the internet; but this woman walked me to some very good placers that I would not have found on my own. The Dutch lady met me outside of my hotel and we went walking through a very scenic area. We made a quick stop for coffee; then it was time to keep moving on. There was a nice big gym on the way to our first destination. We arrived to a wonderful botanic garden with lots of beautiful colourful flowers everywhere. There was the typical nice Dutch canals there. I really liked the red footbridge over the ... read more
Gargoyle on tram

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