City landmarks, The Hague
When you take a city-walk in The Hague and you head for the Noordeinde Palace where Queen Beatrix works you will see the royal flag fluttering on the top (when she is in) ...
Her grandmother, Queen Wilhelmina, still is remembered (because of helping presence during World War II) and, got honoured with a statue located just opposite Noordeinde Palace. You'll recognize a grave and proud woman, wonderfully great expressed by artist Kees Verkade. Donot forget to read the text "Eenzaam, maar niet alleen ..." (used to be the title of a bestseller-book written by Queen Wilhelmina, meaning "Lonesome, though not alone...")
Don't be surprised to see right near The Hague's center a truly Dutch mill!
Not that far from the center you could see The Hague's Mill from very close. It's located just in the living area of the Molenwijkers (Mill-people) in Molenwijk. You could go for a 10 minutes walk from the Hollands Spoor railway-station. Head for the Rijswijkse Weg, cross the bridge and, turn to the left at Draaistraat to see the mill ...
(another The Hague's Mill is located at Boekweitkamp, you could reach by car, driving from Juliana Van Stolberglaan or Schenkkade for about 5 minutes - and at Margaretha van Hennenbergweg 2a - Den Haag-Loosduinen)
Yes! When visiting The Hague's suburb Rijswijk you'll pass a remarkable spot. The grass-land built on a sloping wall-roof along the shopping area In de Bogaard. It is located at the Prinses Beatrixlaan where some Scottish Highlander-cows will attract your attention. Don't be surprised. The DBN-groep, Amsterdam, created this view because of its Rijswijk inhabitants to keep in mind this area once was a great meadow-land ...
Always anxious for beautiful ladies (statues, heeheeh) I've never thought The Hague is richly endowed with these female statues. Going for a walk and, looking up this marvelous green lady caught my eye and so sorry for not knowing who she is. Maybe a naked Goddess who is patroness of the "post-office" to which the building belonged once. She is right in the center of The Hague, so I wanted to share this photograph. Isn't she a grand lady, and be honoust, not everyone is looking up going for a trek ...
>>> Torenstraat right on top of Albert Heijn supermarkt, next to The Hague's Tower/St. Jacobs Church and opposite the Greve Restuarant
Visiting the Royal Gardens behind the Royal Palace Noordeinde you can walk through the Molenstraat with little shops, and turning to the left into the Prinsestraat. Proceding your walk into the Prinsessewal, you will have a canal on your left hand side and the wall (surrounding the gardens of the Royal Palace) on your right.
Here is a very spiritual spot that is named the "Elfs-line". Try to find a little doorway in the wall around the Royal Garden. It is told Queen Beatrix ordered to leave this doorway open knowing the ancient, spiritual path goes right out of the Royal Garden through the wall, direction Scheveningen. My brother (living in Macau, China) experienced a lucky day, near to the "Elfs-line" surrounded by a lot of snow ... an Elf pre-eminently!
You won't miss this "hole" of The Hague. Right in the middle of The Hague men are very busy to prepare the roofed over market-place. While there could be excavations of interesting material (out of past times) you probably miss the "hole" and see the raised wooden walls. A grateful place for artists who expressed their feelings to the new market-place "Markthof" and offices ... good you cannot read the Dutch blots and graffiti ... ;-)
It won't be obvious to a tourist that part of Den Haag are a couple of former villages. Scheveningen is the best known of these. Another one is Loosduinen, and although it's very much part of the city it has a heart of its own. Here you'll find Den Haag's oldest building. This church used to belong to a big abbey, until the Watergeuzen (and alliance of protestants and criminals), destroyed the complex in 1572. Only the church survived. It is in Scheldegothic style, indicating ties with Flanders.
The street is named after Jan Carel Josephus van Speijk (1802-1831) in 1879. And i guess the monument is from around the same time.
He was commander of a ship that in Antwerp during a revolt was in danger to fall in enemy hands. He then said 'Dan liever de lucht in' (better destroy the ship) and lit the gunpowder....
You can find this monument halfway the Van Speijkstraat
This monument is dedicated to Witte Cornelisz de With (1599-1658) who helped among others Piet Hein to conquer the Spanish Silver Fleet in 1628.
What he is doing on a tram though i have no clue.
The monument is very easy to miss. I usually bike through this street on my way home from the city centre and i had never seen it before. Until i knew what to look for.
You'll find it almost on the corner of the Zoutmanstraat and the Witte de Withstraat. Keep on the Zoutmanstraat and look up to the houses on your righthand side
The mill de Korenaer in Loosduinen was build in 1721. Before that time there already used to be a mill here. The first one was from 1310 till 1569. The second 1595 till 1720.
Location: Marg. Van Hennebergweg 4
The mill will be open for visiting on National monument day (weekend). Check page http://www.openmonumentendag.nl/ (site is in dutch but it will tell you the dates. And if you click on the map of the netherlands it will show you all the cities and towns that participate. Select the town/city you're interested in and it will give you an overview of all the monuments that will be open for visiting)
This house you can find on the laan van Meerdervoort. The longest road in the Hague that actually cuts the city in 2. When you walk along this road, you can see how architecture changes from the late 19th century to middle of the 20th. Almost at the beginning of the street you can find this house. One of my favorites in the city.
Jantje was a son of Count Floris the V, after his father died Jantje (little Jan) became a count himeslf in 1296, at the age of 13, and died 2 years later, because of the pressure and strees that was put on him by family and enemies. There's some very famous children's song about him, but unfortunately my Dutch is still far away from being perfect and I can't translate it!
THE PLACE WERE I HAD A NICE JOB.........
before moving house to Middelburg in Zeeland!
And of course I went by bike, a ride of some 3 quarters of an hour, two times, each day!
Good memories.......and.....the end of this, my "sentimental" journey.
The Pagehuis is a building in manneristic style from between 1618 and 1628, while it was enlarged at the end of the 17th century to one of its sides. It is one of a few survivors of what once were many houses with a stepped gable in this part of the city. The name Pagehuis refers to the time when the building was a boarding-school for future squires (page means squire) from 1748 till 1876. From 1876 till 1992 used by the red cross. But it originally was build for the town's guncaster who had his workshop in the nearby Kloosterkerk's choir.
Location: Lange Voorhout
If you're interested in this sort of thing, there's a whole new neighbourhood with modern architecture. Even I think it's quite nice, although I'm usually not crazy about modern architecture. Only the location is completely wrong. Big buildings like these just don't belong so close to a historic city centre, and these buildings do spoil a few once very nice views in the centre. But I guess we will have to get used to it.