After a beautiful morning spent at the Keukenhof and a (very) hearty brunch, we headed out for something of a digestive stroll around The Hague.
It’s occurred to me that I’ve never done a proper post about my lovely city – at least not the heart of it – so I thought I’d take you on our stroll! (Consider eating copious amounts of brunch before you read this to get a real feel for the day.)
One of my favourite places in The Hague, and one of the most famous places, is Plein – or, translated into English, ‘Square’. It’s lined with bustling bars and restaurants and is packed with terraces, complete with heat lamps in the winter and twinkly lights all year round.
It’s a great spot any time of day for coffee, drinks or even delicious food, and at night it’s perfect for dancing – if you don’t like the music in one place, hop on over about 5 metres and check out the next!
Of course, the Binnenhof (parliament) is a lovely spot in which to linger as well. Plus, there’s always a fish stand set out right outside the Binnenhof so you can get yourself a treat – brined herring for the brave, and kibbeling (deep fried fish) for me!
Of course, the sight of little babies strolling about never hurt a city’s charm …
Neither did lovely embellished bicycles.
MC is very interested in art, design and architecture, and she really appreciated the beautiful old buildings around the city. It was nice to finally catch bits of information about the details I’d so often gaped at before.
If you’ve only got a short while to visit, definitely check out the Lange Voorhout – it’s lined with beautiful buildings serving as embassies and law firms and everything in between. You can walk down the middle of the street on a pebble pathway lined with tall trees – it’s absolutely gorgeous in the winter! And, as a bonus, it’ll lead you right to the Escher Museum!
My mom and MC were interested in visiting the Grote Kerk (big church) – but unfortunately it isn’t typically open to the public. However, a quick Google revealed there is a weekly market held around the building every Sunday, and so we moseyed on over.
It was a great atmosphere and I’ll definitely be returning, though I have to say that it was quite the mixed bag: great looking pastries, delicious food stands, and fun crafty booths; but also random assortments of stuff, all piled up in rather uninspiring fashion. It’s likely more interesting if you’re a seasoned thrift-shopper (Syd I’m looking at you!) – but alas, I haven’t got those skills!
Sadly, I’d already used up most of my battery at the Keukenhof and so, well before our walk ended, my camera died. I guess that’s the perfect excuse to get out on foot once more and explore this beautiful city!
As I type this the city is busy setting up the weekend’s festivities: it’s King’s Day on Saturday! I’ll shamelessly admit that I prefer the normal, quieter bustle of the city, but I’m always in for any celebration that facilitates the consumption of oliebollen and other deep-fried goodies – even if it means elbowing my way through busy streets.
I’m looking forward to snapping some shots of the madness. Happy weekend everyone, and happy King’s Day to those of you in NL!