A day in The Hague

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Guess who?

Just recently I bought a digital camera. I'm not an early adoptee you see. My first camera was a very simple one, then I moved on to aps and now, finally to digital. I have to confess; I should have done this years ago! Although I'm just a hobby photographer I only now realise the true potential of digital. I can take hundreds of pictures and pick out the best three. Where as in 'the old days' I at least had to develop the roles of film. A costly business. Anyway, I had to try out my new camera of course. So last Monday I went out. The day and night before, I worked myself trough the manual the best I could. When I got out and was on my way to the tram, I immediately started shooting. It's funny when you have a new camera, all of a sudden everything and anything is interesting enough to take a picture of.

Tram 9


I decided to go to the centre of the town for I am interested in architecture, both the old and the new and in the centre there's plenty of it. I took photos in the tram, of the tram and of every stop. When I got out in the centre my eyes worked like the lens of my camera and I looked (or should I say, scanned) the surroundings for beautiful 'photo-ops'. And boy, did I take every opportunity. I'm patriotic and chauvinistic enough to have always liked this town but with my camera-eyes on I got a whole new appreciation for my hometown. I walked and walked for hours. Saw the beauty of our city. The houses of parliament, the different Ministries and Departments, statues, signs, colours, lines and of course people.

View of 'Lange Vijverberg'
Because it's the people that make a nice town a great town.

Although The Hague is not the capital of the Netherlands, it is the seat of our government. And therefore a lot of embassies are located in the city as well. One of them is the American Embassy and it sits in the middle of the centre very close to the parliament. It's situated on a gorgeous tree-covered lane surrounded by beautiful old buildings (18th & 19th century). The embassy is an ugly concrete block not worth taking a picture of. But you should see how nervous the guards get when you walk around with a camera.
Dutch architecture
I had to pose as an innocent tourist to avoid being arrested. And that was the second time that day.

Not far from central station en even closer to city hall houses (a part of) the Ministry of Defence. One can easily walk by it, without noticing it. But there's a back passage which gives you a beautiful view of three modern architecture buildings. You have to line up your camera just over the rooftop of the Defence department. It took only half a minute or so for an official to come up to me and asking me to leave. As this is a normal street I'm in and for we live in a free country, I had no intention of moving. I put up my most friendly face, including the best innocent smile I could produce and let the man see 'all' my pictures on the camera. Not one showed the off-limit building. As the guard was satisfied he walked away.
Café 2005 on 'Denneweg'
And since I had no intention of getting myself in to trouble, I slowly backed away out of the alley. On my camera there were at least four pictures of the facade of the building. Thank you Lord for letting me get away with it once more.

All this walking makes a man thirsty and hungry too. I went to one of my favourite cafes, 'café 2005'. It's a funny name for the place. The building is at least hundred years old and it's called '2005' for as long as I can remember. I've been coming to this place for about 25 years.  So its not named after the year. Actually the café is named after the neighbourhood which is called 'buurtschap 2005' (2005 quarter) which in its turn, takes its name from the postal code of the area. After a well deserved rest, I went on traveling like a tourist in my own town. See pictures below for more impressions.

Sweetski says:
Well come on over and make some new memories :)
Posted on: Jan 30, 2009
Petra2111 says:
Leuk om onze stad zo op de foto's te zien!
Posted on: Dec 30, 2008
Sweetski says:
Thank you Enrico! It is such a lovely and diverse city, I really love it. All but two photos are taken in the city centre. That means that I still have a lot more photographs to publish from other parts of this great city :) It isn't hard to show another couple of hundred photos, but don't worry, I'm not going to on a short notice :)
Posted on: Nov 12, 2008
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Guess who?
Guess who?
Tram 9
Tram 9
View of Lange Vijverberg
View of 'Lange Vijverberg'
Dutch architecture
Dutch architecture
Café 2005 on Denneweg
Café 2005 on 'Denneweg'
Dependance of the Ministry of Tran…
Dependance of the Ministry of Tra…
The Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education
Detail of the Ministry of Education
Detail of the Ministry of Education
Koningspark near Central Station
Koningspark near Central Station
Facade of a Rabobank on Herengr…
Facade of a "Rabobank" on 'Hereng…
Detail of a Rabobank on Herengr…
Detail of a "Rabobank" on 'Hereng…
Detail of the Ministry of Transpor…
Detail of the Ministry of Transpo…
Whenever youre in a street with s…
Whenever you're in a street with …
Detail of a building on Plein (a…
Detail of a building on 'Plein' (…
This is th church our Queen goes t…
This is th church our Queen goes …
Maliveld
Maliveld
succesfull integration of modern a…
succesfull integration of modern …
succesfull integration of modern a…
succesfull integration of modern …
Parliament, the little tower is th…
Parliament, the little tower is t…
Palace Voorhout
Palace Voorhout
Lange Voorhout
'Lange Voorhout'
Gorgeous detail of a building
Gorgeous detail of a building
Hotel Des Indes
Hotel Des Indes
overview of Lange Poten
overview of 'Lange Poten'
what a beautiful place, The Hague …
what a beautiful place, The Hague…
Streetart and the message is LOVE
Streetart and the message is LOVE
Stairway to...?
Stairway to...?
Above ground tramline called the …
Above ground tramline called 'the…
De Netkous (the Stocking)
De Netkous (the Stocking)
The Hagues finest
The Hague's finest
The building of our FDA (food & Dr…
The building of our FDA (food & D…
Detail of Saurs corner, a fish an…
Detail of Saur's corner, a fish a…
A pro peace protest
A pro peace protest
Needs no explanation (btw theyre …
Needs no explanation (btw they're…
Shilouet at the Hofvijver in fro…
Shilouet at the 'Hofvijver' in fr…
Old & New; the parlaiment with in …
Old & New; the parlaiment with in…
Trafficcop
Trafficcop
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Hotel Des Indes
Hotel Des Indes
Detail of Hotel Des Indes
Detail of Hotel Des Indes
Former building of the Ministry of…
Former building of the Ministry o…
Former building of the Ministry of…
Former building of the Ministry o…
Vermeer banner at the Mauritshuis
Vermeer banner at the Mauritshuis
the Eikenhorst: the grounds wher…
the 'Eikenhorst': the grounds whe…
the corner of Kneuterdijk and H…
the corner of 'Kneuterdijk' and '…
View at Buitenhof
View at 'Buitenhof'
Ceremonial guards at the opening o…
Ceremonial guards at the opening …
View of Gevangenen Poort a forme…
View of 'Gevangenen Poort' a form…
Raad van State; our highest court
Raad van State; our highest court
Sunset at Scheveningen
Sunset at Scheveningen
Time flies by
Time flies by
Gemeente Museum, The Hague
Gemeente Museum, The Hague
Gemeente Museum, The Hague
Gemeente Museum, The Hague
Gemeente Museum, The Hague
Gemeente Museum, The Hague
Gemeente Museum, The Hague
Gemeente Museum, The Hague
Gemeente Museum, The Hague
Gemeente Museum, The Hague
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photo by: Sweetski