Like Art? Visit Escher in the Palace !!
Where can you see water flowing uphill? Where do birds transmogrify into fish and drawings of reptiles crawl right off the page, over the objects on the artist's desk and back onto the paper again? Where does the shadow of a dog turn into a dog in its own right?
All these wonders can be witnessed at Escher in Het Paleis on the Lange Voorhout in The Hague.
This new centre houses a huge collection of prints and drawings by the world-famous Dutch artist M. C. Escher, plus fascinating explanatory programmes and a host of old family photos, drawings and design sketches that help to bring Escher's work even more vividly to life.
The ingenuity of Escher's work is fully revealed on the top floor of Het Paleis, where computer animation is used to throw a whole new light on the familiar pictures. This totally unique Virtual Reality experience will whirl you away on a thrilling 360-degree voyage of discovery right into the worlds of M.C. Escher. Actor Peter Faber will be your guide on this unforgettable experience, which also features opportunities for interaction and an exciting competition.
Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) was born in Leeuwarden. In 1919, he enrolled at the then renowned Haarlem School of Architecture and Ornamental Design. Influenced by his tutor Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita, himself a great graphic artist, Escher soon started to make lino prints and woodcuts. After his training, he embarked on the traditional artistic grand tour of Italy and Spain. There, he made landscape and architectural drawings from which he would continue to draw inspiration all his life. During trips to Spain, he visited Granada and Córdoba, where he was fascinated by the Moorish buildings and mosaics.
The dr. W. Drees-monument has been moved in 1997 to the Buitenhof (next to the entrance of the Binnenhof).
The monument is a design of Eric Claus. It's a metal framwork with two open panels of 4.20 meters height, in which a brons portret of Drees at age 60. In the walkway at a few meters distance a red dot symbolises Drees social ideals.
First erection was at July 5, 1988 at the Groenmarkt. Renovations of the square led to the re-location.
"My" Lourdes Grot - Meditation Spot
Just one step behind the Circus-Theatre and next to the Casino, Scheveningen, you can find the Lourdes Church (O.L. Vrouwe van Lourdes Kerk). Within in the hectic centre of Scheveningen a good friend told me about this spot. Besides the Old Church of Scheveningen there is this "oldest area" of Scheveningen, where the fisher-women gathered for a pray to heaven to bring back their loved-ones form the wild sea ... The name of Lourdes Church and it so peacefull Lourdes Grot (Cave) must have been turned up after the Bernadette of Lourdes myth. A lot of travellers come here to pray for a good trip on their way, or light a candle. There is a Maria-statue, pure white, in a corner and, when the light comes in at a particular time through the glass windows in the roof (midday), the light will shine right at the statue. It has been lightened up for now, though when I am there for a little meditation I can imagine how people get surprised by the sudden light coming in from up heaven ...
A friend of me could not resist the peaceful candles at one of my fondest spots ...
Tastes Like Heaven Smells Like Hell!
Well, maybe you've read here with RoyJava VT-Pages about the "durian", the tropical King Of The Fruits. That is my favourite fruit!
And I do like shopping any time of the year. Winter can be cold, so some malls are superbe to go for a "shopp-till-you-drop". Palace Promenade, Scheveningen, has an exquisite selection, especially for fruits. Tropical Fruits! Included the delicious durian! (sorry for the expensive price ...)
PALACE PROMENADE - SCHEVENINGEN
BigBenba's Tropical Fruits Nope, I donot miss the durian when away from The Hague ... I do miss the wonderful Scheveningen and all kind of possibilities to buy "out-of-season" things, included the heavenly tasted durian. Thanks Palace Promenade, for getting durian at a sudden time when shopping around ...
Just for your convenience
If you take a tram in the evening just wait for it were the front should stop. After a certain time the conductor will close the back of the tram. (for various reasons) If you wait at the end, sometimes you'll have to run to get inside on time!