The Hague

Christmas window displays (Or: Cuteness at Bijenkorf)

Check out this cute window display at Bijenkorf in The Hague:

Bijenkorf Christmas window display, The Hague, 2018

The cutest part is definitely the teddy bears trying to open the fridge on the right (this part was motorized, so the fridge door did open and close).

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Oliebollenkraam sighting (Or: Temporary move from Spui to Grote Markt)

Public service announcement: please note the very awesome and tasty oliebollenkraam on the Spuiplein (which has its own Facebook page!) looks to have relocated to the Grote Markt this year:

Location of the Spui oliebollenkraam, The Hague, 2018

This is because of all the construction at the Spuiplein (article in Dutch, with photo), which seems to take over more and more space every week.

The Facebook page for the oliebollen stand says it should open on November 2nd. This is a very popular place to buy oliebollen. Oliebollen (literally “oil balls”) are sort of like donut balls, without any holes. They are typically served with raisins inside, unless you are a heretic like me that eats them plain. Here’s a look at how long the line gets on New Year’s Eve, back in 2014. This stand is popular! Or check out this 1 minute video.

And for the public transportation aficionados reading this (haha), the bus driving past is the old model – it is bus 61, which is a temporary line to take over tram 1 at least through the end of the year. They are busy doing work on the Scheveningseweg.

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Recycled art (Or: Spotted by city hall)

Check out the art featuring bottle caps in front of The Hague’s city hall:

Bottle cap recycling art before The Hague, city hall, Oct 2018

Another photo:

Bottle cap recycling art, The Hague city hall, Oct 2018

And behind is the construction work for the Spui Forum on Spuiplein (an educational and cultural building — see this Dutch link or English link for more information and photos).

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Landscaping around the Grote Kerk (Or: The annoying stones are gone)

Earlier this year The Hague finished a renovation project around the Grote Kerk (Great Church). Some of the benefits included landscaping:

Landscaping around the Grote Kerk, The Hague 2018

Even better is the stonework which you can see nicely in this photo:

The Nutshuis, The Hague 2018.jpg

It’s hard to tell, but I did post another photo of the Grote Kerk back in March of 2013 which shows the old stonework. The reason it will always stick in my mind so well is because Marco and I got married nearby, in the old city hall. So it was a bit of adventure to be wearing (semi)-heels on the old stones!

Across the street is the Nutshuis, formally a bank. It’s now an art/cultural building. And yes, I wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity to get another photo of the tourist tram.

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Cleanup in the city centre (Or: The end of the Volvo Ocean Race)

A photo from a few days ago. A large city truck stopped to grab one of the billboards advertising for the Volvo Ocean Race which ended in June:

Removing billboards for the Volvo Ocean Race in The Hague

This year the race ended in The Hague, so the city made it part of Scheveningen’s Feest aan Zee (Seaside Celebrations). This annual programme marks the 200th anniversary of Scheveningen’s founding.

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De jeugd van Tegenwoordig (Or: Parkpop here in The Hague)

Parkpop, a large free music festival, was held in The Hague a few weeks back. Roger, Marco and I went there to see the Dutch group De jeugd van Tegenwoordig or ‘The youth of today’. The first album was released in 2005.

Their newest album is called “luek” which is an intentional typo of the Dutch word “leuk”. Leuk translates to something like nice/fun/amusing. You can even see the typo, since the album cover in the image below is how MS Word would mark the typo (word highlighted in red, with a red squiggly line underneath saying it doesn’t recognize the word).

De jeugd van Tegenwoordig by Parkpop 2018.jpg

I’ll admit that this isn’t my type of music (the least of which because I can barely understand their Dutch when they are singing in person) but I do like the intro to Sterrenstof, which translates to Star dust.

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Shopping Night 2018 (Or: Doors open until midnight)

This past Friday was ShoppingNight in The Hague. That’s when all of the shops in the city centre stay open until midnight. About half offer either discounts or treats to get you into the store. I had previously posted about this event back in 2013.

This year Marco and I partook in a free ice cream cone (Marco) and a slush puppy (me) over at Media Markt. Outside of that we visited a few stores, notably C&A and Hudson Bay, to see what they had offer.

There was also entertainment:

Dancers at Shopping Night 2018 in The Hague

Three girls preparing just off site before heading out into the main city centre to perform

It’s strange to be shopping so late – but it’s also a lot of fun. If you don’t mind crowds, of course…

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Veteranendag (Or: Veteran’s day in the Netherlands)

Today was the 14th Veteran’s day in the Netherlands, held in The Hague. (official website in Dutch). It is comprised of a parade and events at the Malieveld, a large field just outside of The Hague’s Central Station. During the parade there was also a flyover performed by the Royal Dutch Air Force, featuring both modern and historic aircraft.

Veterans Day 2018 in The Hague - soldiers

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Feest aan zee (Or: Party in Scheveningen)

I am still impressed by the fact that I can spell Scheveningen without looking it up. Pronouncing it on the other hand…

This year is Feest aan zee (Seaside Celebrations in English). It was 200 years ago that the first bathhouse was constructed in what is now known as Scheveningen. Yesterday was the finish of the Volvo Ocean race which lasted 45,000 miles. It started in October of last year. Crazy!

Here’s a look at an advertisement for Feest aan zee near Malieveld (Marco and I were on our way to the Rrrollend food truck festival last weekend).

Coast sign by Malieveld, Den Haag, Feest aan zee.jpg

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Beauty in the moment (Or: World Championship Sand Sculpting 2018)

If you are looking for something to do in The Hague this summer, check out the sand sculptures at the Lange Voorhout. The World Championship Sand Sculpting 2018 is going on at the moment, with judging happening tomorrow. After that, the sculptures can be seen until 19 August! It will also be lighted at night, making it easy to visit at any moment.

The competition is held every three years. This year the Netherlands is the host country, with Japan, Singapore, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Great Britain, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic competing. The theme is ‘200 years of sea, sand and …’ which also highlights Scheveningen’s Feest aan zee celebration.

Here’s a peek at how the sculptures look so far. First a look at the sculpture from the Netherlands (as the host country, they cannot enter the judging):

World sand sculpting championship 2018 - Netherlands

200 years ago: The wife looks back at the past longingly, while the husband looks forward to the future and what Scheveningen can be

Other sculptures include:

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