Few words in Dutch
Below few words that you can use while traveling in Holland:
good morning = goedemorgen
good afternoon = goedemiddag
good evening = goedenavond
see you = tot ziens
see you soon = tot gauw
yes = ja
no = nee
maybe = misschien
are you sure? (of it) = ben je daar zeker van?
of course! = natuurlijk!
thank you (formal) = dank U wel
thank you (informal) = dank je wel
thanks (casual) = bedankt
please (polite) - also: here you are = alstublieft
Mr. and Sir = meneer (mijnheer)
Mrs. and Ma'am = mevrouw
Miss = juffrouw
have fun = veel plezier
happy dreams = welterusten
bless you = gezondheid!
have a nice meal = eet smakelijk!
coffee = koffie
tea = thee
milk = melk
whipped cream = slagroom
sugar = suiker
coffee with milk = koffie verkeerd
bred = brood
cheese sandwich = broodje kaas
ham sandwich = broodje ham
french fries = friet
sea = zee
beach = strand
lake = meer
bicycle = fiets
train = trein
airplane = vliegtuig
bus = bus
auto = auto
departure = vertrek
arrival = aankomst
bedroom = slaapkamer
bed = bed
pillow = kussen
blanket = deken
bath = bad
bathroom = badkamer
towel = handdoek
very good (food) = erg lekker
The Hague Tip
Two things made me go up to the Hague for a weekend, one, that I have a friend there and two, I was very impressed with the line-up for the North Sea Jazz Festival.
In fact, not being strictly a Jazz fan, I hadn't heard of the Festival before. The more's the pity! as is said in Ireland, because there were simply no tickets available. The ticketing system is far from obvious and does not seem very efficient, there being one ticket for all 10 or so simultaneous concerts, but anyway, I didn't book a month in advance which means I didn't get a ticket.
Anyhow I went to see my friend, and in fact I had a good time anyway.
Part of the Hague's attractions is that you're told there are no attractions. Sound self-contradictory? Maybe, but on closer inspection, it isn't. What I mean is, your expectations can be set really low before you visit and then you discover some pleasant surprises.
First of all, it provides access to such famous Golden Age Dutch cities such as Delft, and to a lesser extent, Leiden. Public transport is extremely good.
The weather when I went was overcast and generally very disappointing for a July, but having come from sun-bleached Madrid, I really appreciated the abundant greenery and well respected nature of the place.
Night life seemed quite poor indeed and again it would seem one had to leave the city and go to Leiden, Delft or Rotterdam in order to drink and be raucous with a bunch of other people interested in acting similarly.
Culturally though, it is more interesting and I wa able to visit the Maurithuis, a compact gallery with a string of Dutch & Flemish Masters such as Ter Borch, de Hooch, van der Weyden, Memling, van Ostade and Metsys. Artists apart in style such as Hals and Vermeer are also represented, especially Vermeer with the Girl with the Pearl Earring and his View of Delft ('frighteningly good'). All in all, it's a small but extremely good Gallery. Highly recommended.
Tower Of The Hague
The Hague has been named a village until the 19th century ... ieew... even it did have a prominent church large enough for any city to be proud of. I'm referring to the St. Jacob (Haagsche Toren), an important church, of which its leaders had close relations with the royals of Holland and the distinguished Stadholders.
Original born-in-The Hague people (Hagenezen) cannot without its church, named Grote Kerk (Large Church) and, to the insiders "Haagsche Toren" (Tower Of The Hague). When hitting this particuliar spot ... mail me and I would be happy to drag you around, ... my humble living-place is just around the corner, greetzzz RoyJava Actually not an original born-in-The Hague guy I feel some thrills too, seeing the Haagsche Toren from distance. Ofcourse my living-place is close to it, and I do feel happy walking around The Tower and its close shopping-center of The Hague. And you can smell the ocean ... really ;o)
Walk In & Look Inside Inner Courtyard
Such a fairy-like castle the Binnenhof is, surrounded by famous buildings from the 15th to the 18th century. Inludes the Great Church of St. Jacobs (1399) and its largest carillon in the Netherlands; the old Renaissance-style Town Hall (1564); the Royal Palace on the Noordeinde (16th century) where Queen Beatrix keeps the works; the Royal Palace known as Huis ten Bosch (1640); the Protestant New Church (1654). Among the cities more striking modern buildings are the headquarters of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group (1941), the KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) building (1949), and the United States Embassy (1959)...
... quite a job to add all its pics ... ;o) Ofcourse Queen Beatrix on Prinsjesdag in her Golden Carriage is a must, and a great memory when ever experienced. This year 2005 this will be on Tuesday September 20. Outside the Inner Courtyard (Buitenhof) you can find the best herring of The Hague ... where RoyJava is to be found every year (included this year in September)!
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Day Of The Little Prince & Queen Speech
Meeting At De Zwarte Ruiter
A little meet again at The Hague, at De Zwarte Ruiter!
This time with Eric, "Towerpower", living in the UK, and at the moment staying in Brussels.
The weather was sunny and the place was crowded ... we had a nice chat, and happy to inform Eric some about The Hague.
De Zwarte Ruiter Hope you had a nice weekend in The Hague, had a wonderful walk downtown, and had a delicious dinner at the Indonesian restaurant I S T A N A
... nice meeting you, until a next time ...