As mentioned in my previous blog post, Marco and I were in Amsterdam last week to celebrate our four year wedding anniversary. And I have more photos to share! Here is a look at the EYE Film Museum, taken from across the river IJ.
It is the national museum of film, containing over 40,000 films, from classics to modern film. Their website states that there are four cinemas, an exhibition space, a floor reserved for educational activities, a store and a bar-restaurant. They also host film-related programs and debates.
A look at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, also in the heart of the city
The lesser photographed “back side” of the building, including a 6 meter tall statue of Atlas carrying the globe on his shoulders
And finally, the “What are you reading?” board in the American Book Center.
What am I reading right now? Open kaart, by Brenno de Winter. It’s a book about the OV-chipkaart system in the Netherlands, or the card used to travel on public transportation throughout the country. Specifically the book covers the historical security issues as detailed on Wikipedia, mostly related to how easy the card was to hack in the beginning. It sounds dry but it is a fun read… if you’re into that sort of thing, of course!
Earlier this week Marco and I were in Amsterdam to celebrate our wedding anniversary (four years!). One of the places we visited was the Beurspassage, a small passage which connects two well-known Amsterdam streets (Damrak and Nieuwendijk). The passage itself is only a 5 minute walk from the central station. The top and sides are covered in art – including a giant fish!
A giant fish, just like I said!
Giant green shoes hang on the wall by Primark…
The only thing I would have wanted was that it was longer. But it was very pretty nonetheless!
Earlier in the month, Metallica came to the Netherlands for their Hardwired… to self-destruct European tour. Here’s a nifty photo that Marco took:
And yes, the stage is in the middle for this concert. Interesting setup!
Categories: The Hague
It’s been a while since I’ve done a puzzle (although ironically I received a new one as a gift last week!) but this one is near and dear to my heart. As some of you know, I like trams and metros and subways and…
So it should come as no surprise that the puzzle above – a map of the New York City subway – is so awesome!
I bought it when Marco and I were in New York City earlier this summer – purchased at the New York Transit Museum store at Grand Central station. It is made by New York Puzzle Company.
Unfortunately it is only 500 pieces (I am more a fan of 1,000 pieces), however admittedly it does fit on the coffee table better… but due to its smaller size it took only 2-3 nights to complete.
I can’t say that I won’t be lost anymore in the subway, but at least it is fun to see how everything connects together!
Who knew that part of the subway runs under Central Park?
Just a pond by a bus stop in Wassenaar, a city close to The Hague. Very green, but pretty in its own right.
Last Wednesday I went out for dinner and cocktails with a friend of mine. We went to Milu, a restaurant in the centre of The Hague near the Grote Kerk (literally “the big church”). It was my second time visiting – the first time was with coworkers. The restaurant’s premise is sharing dishes; we ended up having three “rounds” of food and drink.
Bruschetta bread and beef teriyaki with Chinese pancakes. With a green tea mojito for me.
A few weeks ago Marco and I visited Tabletop Kingdom, a store for board games, card games and similar. I saw a cool display:
That’s right – a special Monopoly edition for The Hague!
At the website for Paagman you can see an overhead view of the board as one of the product images. The railroad cards are replaced by important HTM stops (e.g. halte Spui and Halte Centraal). What I do like is that recent photos are used – for example, “Spui” has a photo of the city hall with the Mondriaan colors added earlier in the year. Or that there is a spot for the Pier at Scheveningen, with the relatively new Ferris wheel.
Rrrollend Foodtruck festival returned to the Malieveld this weekend.
Last year I went with Roll or bowl, whereas this year I went Indian, having chicken curry with rice at Indian Roast.
Work is insanely busy these days! But here is a photo of:
- Coffee! Yum.
- Brownie. Handmade by Marco.
- Vanilla ice cream. Also handmade by Marco!
That’s right – guess who got an ice cream machine for his birthday! Lekker!