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    The Hague Tower

    by gordonilla Updated Feb 16, 2015

    From a tourist perspective, it is clear that architecturally this is nothing special. However, by getting the elevator up to the 41st floor, you do get some good views of the city.

    There is also a restaurant and a bar to visit.

    Exterior View (1) View (2) View (3) View (4)

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    GEM - Museum of Contemporary Art

    by gordonilla Written Feb 16, 2015

    I discovered that the contemporary art museum and the fotomuseum shared a building. The art museum certainly was showing some strange exhibits, but well worth a visit.

    It was laid out over a number of floors and it did have a real mix of customers old and young.

    Interior (1) Interior (2) Interior (3) Interior (4) Exhibit

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    Fotomuseum

    by gordonilla Written Feb 16, 2015

    Located next to the Gemeente Museum, this was a much less busy and well patronised venue. It is also in the same building as the Museum of Contemporary Art.

    There was a more recent photographic competition. It was busy, but I was a little unimpressed by these images. A few of the more international images seemed the most interesting to me.

    Signage Exterior

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    Museum Beelden aan Zee

    by gordonilla Written Feb 16, 2015

    I had made my way to Scheveningen, and came across the museum. it was much larger than I had believed. I was also able to enjoy a new exhibition which in fact was open to the public but not being launched until the evening of my visit.

    There are interior exhibits and an excellent rook terrace.

    There is a café and a very good book shop.

    Signage Interior (1) Interior (2) Exterior (1) Exterior (2)

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    Galerij Prins Willem V

    by gordonilla Written Feb 16, 2015

    I had bought a combined ticket with entry to Mauritshuis. The gallery has a joint entry with a the prison museum. You are unable to photographs at all in the gallery.

    Please note that they have a very sensitive alarm system - there are floor runners and then sensors. If you point and your fingers cross the line on the ground the alarms go off.

    I personally did not really appreciate what I saw, it was a little dull but it did seem very popular.

    Signage (1) Signage (2) Signage (3) Exterior Interior

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    Pulchri Studio

    by gordonilla Written Feb 16, 2015

    I came across this studio by accident, it has a good shop and is home to the Society of Artists. Everything on display can be purchased, as it is not a museum but a commercial gallery and exhibition space.

    There is a good shop and a restaurant.

    Exterior Interior (1) Interior (2) Interior (3) Interior (4)

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    Haags Historisch Museum

    by gordonilla Written Feb 16, 2015

    After my visit to the Mauritshuis, I looked at my map and planned a route of cultural stops, this was my next museum. It was enjoyable and they had two temporary exhibitions running - there was one about immigrants to the Netherlands and the Hague and the second was a telling of the royal rivalries of the Queens who lived in the Hague.

    In addition to this museum, they offer a combined ticket where you can gain entry to four museums for a much reduced combined price. The museums are:

    Historical Museum of The Hague (Haags Historisch Museum)
    The Prison Gate Museum
    Museum Bredius
    Prince William V Gallery

    Make the time to visit the museum, and do spend time looking around the contents. It is worth it.

    Exterior Signage Interior (1) Interior (2) Interior (3)

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    National Archives

    by halikowski Written Apr 5, 2014

    a place I'd like to visit. Well organised, with chat function on the web. I'd like to look at the collection Leupe, code VEL, in which there are six town plans of Pondicherry from the end of the seventeenth century (VEL 1094-99).
    Organise visits in advance.

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  • Bowling Scheveningen

    by Ivo_K Written Dec 31, 2013

    If you want to have a lunch/dinner, have party (including kids parties), drink beer (they offer several beers on tap) with friends or just bowl - the Bowling Scheveningen with its 24 bowling lanes is the place to visit if you are in the neighborhood ! This venue is located on the first floor of the Palace Promenade Scheveningen next to the famous beach. Every Friday and Saturday night from 9 pm they have disco music and lighting effects. The price per lane per hour that we paid is € 32,50, but we have been playing in the evening - as far as I understood there are also lower prices for the daytime during the week.

    The bowling lanes General view of the venue
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    Noordeinde Palace and Gardens

    by nicolaitan Written Nov 3, 2013

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    The Noordeinde Palace is one of three palaces used by the royal family and currently is the preferred palace of King Willem-Alexander. Originally a farmhouse dating from the 15th C, it has been enlarged, renovated, and repaired many times over the centuries and is now an H shaped building with a facade facing the city and the second facing the palace gardens.

    The palace was first purchased for the use of Louise de Coligny, the widow of William of Orange, and her son Prince Frederik Hendrik in the late 16th C and gifted to them in 1609. The royals moved in and out over the next few centuries, used extensively by King Willem III and Queen Emma in the 19th C but much less used by others. Following a total renovation in 1984 it has been continuously used as the " office " of the monarch.

    The palace is closed to the public and it is a long way around to see both facades. The rear of the building faces the Paleistuin, the palace gardens. It is open to the public except when royal esidence or state business issues intervene. Prince Frederik Henrik landscaped the gardens for his mother in the early 17thC with flowerbeds, fountains and ponds, and statues. It became the property of the city of The Hague in the twentieth Century.

    Like the palace, the garden offered less than we might have hoped for - not so many palaces, not obviously well tended, no ponds and fountains visible - perhaps we took the wrong path or didn't know where to look.

    Royal Palace Palace Garden Entry

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    Chandeliers of the Escher Museum

    by nicolaitan Updated Nov 1, 2013

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    An unexpected highlight of the Escher Museum is the 15 chandeliers created by the ceramic and glass artist Hans Van Bentem from Rotterdam and placed in 2003. The inspiration came from the figures used by Escher in his artwork. Figures include sharks, spiders, birds, pipes, and a star shaped chandelier in the main ballroom reflected endlessly in two mirrors (click on and enlarge image 3 ). Others include a trophy, an umbrella, and a seahorse.

    Rain Clouds Artist's Palette in the Foyer Star in the Ballroom Trophy

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    Escher Museum

    by nicolaitan Updated Oct 29, 2013

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    The museum devoted to the works of MC Escher, the renowned graphic artist, has been housed in the Lange Voorhout Palace since 2002 filled with his woodcuts, lithographs and mezzotints. Inspired by mathematics, his works are described by art experts in terms far beyond normal human comprehension. Basically they are all optical illusions. Popular terms for his work among the cognosenti include tesselation - filling of a space with geometric shapes, called tiles, with no gaps, often fading into infinity and impossible constructions - two dimensional subconsciously interpreted as three dimensional even though the three dimensional mental reconstruction is impossible to create in real life. Beyond there, all is lost to the average mentation. Many of his geometric grids, inspired by the Alhambra and Moorish are, are overlain with additional designs often animals. Hard to understand, easy to be fascinated - each artwork requires study. It is very easy to spend two hours examining each of the multitude of works displayed. PLEASE VISIT THE TRAVELOGUE DEVOTED TO MORE EXAMPLES OF ESCHER'S WORK.

    His masterpiece is a 20+ foot creation which is a circle in which one creature morphs imperceptibly into another, Metamorphosis, seen in full in the Schiphol airport ( a portion of which is shown in image 2). A famous example of morphing creatures is Air and Water in which birds change into fish before one's eyes ( image 1 ).

    Snakes ( figure 3 ) is Escher's last work before death, an example of tesselations.

    His studies of infinity, with the near field fading perfectly in proportion with the far field to be among the most fascinating (images 4,5). But throughout the multiple rooms there are innumerable little quirky masterpieces - the Escher Museum is certainly a worthwhile exhibit.

    Many of the rooms are decorated in the style of the former royal inhabitants expecially Queen Emma and the walls and draperies contain detailed descriptions of her life. Just not enough time to take advantage of this material.

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    Lange Voorhout Palace

    by nicolaitan Written Oct 27, 2013

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    At the head of the Lange Voorhout stands the eponymous palace, now home to the MC Escher Museum, built in the 1700's. Owned by a banker, the first royalty to occupy was Emperor Napoleon in 1811. Queen Emma bought the palace in 1896 and used it as a winter palace till her death in 1934. Three later queens - Wilhelmina, Beatrix, and Juliana - used the palace for formal receptions until 1984. The palace was opened to the public some years later and has been occupied by the museum opened on 15 November 2002 and featuring the works of the renowned graphic artist in a regal setting.

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    Lange Voorhout

    by nicolaitan Updated Oct 25, 2013

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    One of the most beautiful and peaceful promenades perhaps in all of Europe is the tree-lined promenade just one block from the Hofvijver, with an illustrious history dating back to a Dominican monastery in the early 1400's. The four rows of magnificent lime trees were planted in 1536 on the order of HRE Charles V. The stately townhouses were largely built in the 18th C.
    It was renamed Cour Napoleon during the early 19th C under napoleonic rule. After the ouster, the street became known for its homosexual population and the sex trade.

    Gentrification began in the early 20th C with the opening of museums and the iconic Hotel des Indes. Today this lovely street is home to banks, museums ( see Escher museum below ), the hotel, and a number of embassies including the American, Swiss, Spanish, and British. The wide walkway with benches and LED lamps (image 3) with golden crowns ( this is the route taken by the reigning monarch for the annual State of the Country speech each September ) is about as pretty as it gets. The beautiful townhouses add to the regal atmosphere.

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    Hofvijver, the Pool at the Binnenhof

    by nicolaitan Written Oct 20, 2013

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    The land selected by Count Floris for the site of his hunting lodge bordered what is considered the most famous pool in The Netherlands, separating at least in part the Binnenhof from the surrounding city. It originally was a wide spot in a pre-existing creek and became part of a moat around the palace. The rectangular shape was created on order of a 15C count. An original island is gone, replaced by the current island 300 years ago with an adjacent fountain illuminated at night. The moat has long since been filled in. Needless to say, the island is symbolic and has been occupied at times by protestors of various sorts, but access to the main building has been precluded since 2004 by construction of an underwater fence.

    On the far side and at the adjoining square multiple statues feature important figures in Dutch history perhaps not well known outside The Netherlands. Imaged is Johan van Oldenbarnevelt (1547-1619), a prominent politician and strong supporter of religious freedom and tolerance who was beheaded at age 71 for his public opposition to the dominant anti-Catholic ruling forces. His last words - keep it short, keep it short. His understandably dour contenance is easily seen across the pond from the offices of the Prime Minister.

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