Closest to home... Wateringen

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The village center
The nearest village outside The Hague that is closest to my home is Wateringen.  A fine place to start therefore. Just recently I was awarded 'Travelpedian'. I was the first to describe 10 places. One of them was Wateringen. Below, I copied my entry :)

Wateringen is a small village (9 square km) within the agglomeration of The Hague. Nowadays 16000 people live in Wateringen, which is part of Municipality 'Westland'.

As with so many of these little villages, Wateringen also exists for hundreds of years. In the early days, it was just a few scattered farms by a stream ('Lange Watering') Later Wateringen grew into an organized cluster of farms and houses. People those days dug canals to keep the land dry. The canals became the main way of transportation. Even today, the canals are still in use.
With the industrialization and the growing control over the water, Wateringen established itself as a proper village. A reminiscent of the early industrialization is windmill 'Windlust', built in 1869.

Main source of income for Wateringen comes from growing produce and flowers in greenhouses surrounding the village.
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The village center
The village center
Wateringen
Wateringen
The canals are still in use for tr…
The canals are still in use for t…
Greenhouse are the main source of …
Greenhouse are the main source of…
Windmill windlust
Windmill 'windlust'
Windmill windlust
Windmill 'windlust'
Church with reflection
Church with reflection
Windmill windlust
Windmill 'windlust'
Windmill windlust
Windmill 'windlust'
small park with village view
small park with village view
small park with village view
small park with village view
Straight ahead lies The Hague and …
Straight ahead lies The Hague and…
Wateringen
Wateringen
Wateringen
photo by: Sweetski
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