A glamorous one: The Opening Of The New Parliamentary Year - Prinsjesdag
Every 3rd Tuesday in September a lot of people come to see H.M. Queen Beatrix for the national annual address, that will be make at Knights' Hall. This is the historical event of the Queens' "Troonrede" (Speech of Throne). In 2004 it was held on Tuesday, 21 September, in 2006 on Tuesday, September 20. The Royal Family will drive up to the Binnenhof in the famous Golden Coach, where the Queen will officially open the new parliamentary year with the address from the throne (Queen's Speech). A majestic moment in The Hague, named "Prinsjesdag" (Day of the little prince)!
The center of The Hague will be very crowded for that day, even when it's raining. Along the road where the Golden Carriage is driving, all the houses and appartments look over-crowded with interested people, friends, journalists and other guests. Mostly all coming out of The Hague ... for the foto-shoot of their live (that close the processon will pass!), to show The Hague-people afterwards, included me ... ;-)
What finally succeeded on September 19, 2006!!! Hooray!
And September 18, 2007, I will be there again!
The Binnenhof & Knigth's Hall will be closed to the public during the opening of the new parliamentary year.
It was the last will of the aristocratic Lady Cornelia van Wouw (1600-1681) whose grandfather had been the mayor of The Hague, that the Almshouse Hofje Van Wouw was governed by her family after her death. Until today this is honoured and about 14 women (all descendants) still live in the almshouses. The Hofje (= garden) inside got famous for its name "Garden of Hesperides" (the daughters of Atlas) and the women celebrate their garden-parties with the golden oranges. Ofcourse these garden-parties got well-known and escpecially the Christmas Garden-party attracts a huge number of tourists.
Mind the Garden-parties in coming year 2007,
Hofe van Wouw, Lange Beestenmarkt 49-85, Den Haag >>>
* Saturday Juin 09 2007 - Garden Party
* Saturday August 25 2007 - Orange Party
* Saturday September 08 2007 - Open Monument Day
* Saturday December 08 2007 - Christmas Garden Party
Information Hofje van Wouw
Draaiorgels (street organs) are mechanical musical instruments played by a moving music pattern set in a turning pinned barrel or disc. Some of the musical arrangements are quite beautiful and complex.
Draaiorgels are usually found around city and town centres and it is customary to tip these public entertainers.
Maybe in former days you would have met this guy for sure all over summertime. They still are "digging" in the sand looking for some lost treasures or metal stuff with their detector. But you won't see these guys that much and, I'm always surprised to meet one in a sudden moment. I like to see them walking over the beach with the eyes fixed on the beach, listening at any sound from the detector ...
At the beach of The Hague, Scheveningen, you'll find the dangerous tides. That does not mean people stay away, for that very reason The Hagues love Scheveningen. Where all kind of sports will be practiced. As with low tides as high tides ...
Because of the strongly well set-up sand with low tides it's possible to go for a spin. Bike the beach ! No need to avoid quick-sand ... The Hagues guys and dolls love it !
Info >>> Tidal Predictions
Isn't this funny?
A truly Dutch guy from The Hague driving an exotic vehicle,... the rickshaw.
Once in a time these beautiful small carriages make their's appearance to contribute a festival, like the "Braderie" event. In the Hobbemastraat, The Hague.
Here exotic stands will show their wares, you can eat a snack, buy some souvenirs and, go for a rickshaw drive.
Special organized for and by the multi-cultural people of The Hague ...
A strong one: a private art deco house
It is said The Hague is losing control of its political power when it doesn't matter dealing with promises to its local people. Could be right, so you may watch some strong characters right in the centre. Here an owner could paint his personal property Art Deco blue and, doesn't mind the new The Hague skyline. Good he stands for his own rights ... and his cute little home.
And a tropical one: fresh coconuts
Don't be surprised I'll show where to get a tropical heat-wave. The Hague's multicultural character boast of its tropical heat-wave citizens when summer arrived. That includes a coconut drink, fresh from tropical islands. Taste the delicious liquid of the coconut, add some rum, or rozenstroop (an Indonesian syrop made of rozes). And for sure you'll hug the stud who prepared you the coconut ...
PASAR MALAM BESAR
The Hague's Market Places
a cultural one: local horticulturists
Although The Hagues have inhabited the city of The Hague most of them would be delighted to live in a house with garden. Because The Hague's center is getting crowded more and more, a lot of The Hagues move outwards of The Hague. Still the city-dwellers hold their heads sidewise when passing the horticulturists (like those of Westland). Conceited and, ... bit of jelous, or maybe because of the beauty and serene looks? Strange habit... local custom!
A tyical Dutch one: zakje patat
The very favourite, and so typical Dutch fast food is the "zakje patat"! It's known as "French Fries", and considered originally from Belgium (Pommes Frites). The sliced potatoes fried in oil with salt are an extremely popular snack, usually served in a paper cone.
The original "zakje patat mét" is served with frite sauce, or mayonnaise. A "patatje oorlog" is even more bizar and, served with mayonnaise, red ketchup and sate sauce (a kind of sauce made of peanut-butter) with onions. The name literally means "French Fries in war"! Well, just try it and enjoy this typical Dutch (and The Hague, too!) snack ...
A famous one: World nr. 1 dart-player
It may happen in center of The Hague you'll meet a The Hague Famie you've never heard about. I guess Raymond Barneveld however got world-famous by becoming world's very first dart-player. We've all heard of people playing darts for money or a beer and, thinking dart can get boring. Though The Hague's people do love "their" own The Hague Barny (nickname of Raymond), who won the Embassy, World Darts Trophy, Dutch Open, International Darts League and the Doeland Grand Masters. A special tramway got created in May to meet Barny and some of his friends, like Andy Fordham and Phil Taylor ...
I was there, too
An Indo one: Indonesia & The Hague
The Hague is known as the "Widow of Indonesia". Before its independence in 1945, Indonesia was a Dutch colony (with Jakarta, Java, as central district). When people went home to the Netherlands, some didn't want to go back to the Indies, staying at the Archipel residential area of The Hague. A lot of former colonials went for their residence in this region where the streets got names after the islands (Java, Borneo, Celebes), which made up the Indonesian Archipelago (still the Indo-buurt/neighbourhood).
After Independence day (1945) many Dutch and Indonesian people followed and adopted Dutch nationality. These Eurasians got the nickname of "Indo". In The Hague you still can find the best Indo restaurants and tokos (Indonesian shops) than in any other town in The Netherlands. Bookstore Van Stockum Booksellers is well-known for Indo - books ...
And ofcourse there is the Pasar Malam Besar, the greatest event for Indo people...
and a lot of Indo JAVA-guys & -girls!
A musical one: Hot Pop from The Hague
The Hague became lookalike from Liverpool, giving birth to many young groups in the 60's. The Golden Earring developed into one of the most succesfull representative of the The Hague beatscene. In 2005 the Golden Earring celebrates it's 40th year of existance.
And "VENUS" by the Shocking Blues got topped in the U.S. Billboard charts in December 1969, and became a Top Ten hit in the U.K. with beauty Mariska Veres, lead singer and star attraction.
Another leading group had been the Tee-Set who performed in the famous Top Ten Club, Scheveningen and, some later they opened their own Nigthclub "Belle Amie" (Beautiful Girlfriend) on the Pier of Scheveningen.
The number of famous The Hague Pop-groups is continued by the great local The Hague group Di-Rect, a young Dutch punk/pop-rock quartet from The Hague. They are famous even in Indonesia! Try to join one of the concerts, and remember the name of singers Kane & Anouk, both of The Hague, too!
A delicious one: Dutch shrimps
The North Sea shrimp is also known as the Dutch or "grey shrimp". Its scientific name is Crangon crangon. These little creatures can be found along the entire coast, sometimes even at a few meters from the beach. Shrimp fishery has always been much practised in Holland.
Aboard ship the shrimps are immediately cooked, getting the famous colour of red. Then these are sent to selling shops and abroad. The Dutch shrimps are rather expensive, also because handshelling of shrimps is too costly. So the shrimps are sent to other countries (inlcuding Morocco & Poland) where locals do shell by hand ... to return to the Netherlands again ...
Remarkably trading trip, isn't it?
A confusing one: Railway The Hague
History tells that the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) was the Dutch railway company, formed in 1937, however there were always 2 companies.
The HS (station Hollands Spoor/Dutch Railway) was built by one of these in Neo-renaissance style, and centre to The Hague. The modern Central Station is the main station for now. Although this region has lost its glory the Station Hollands Spoor along the Stationsweg is very beloved by the Hague's ...