Just walking among beautiful houses in Den Haag

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Jantje

Den Haag was  created as a residence for the count.

They have a statue from Jantje People say, it is the son of the count. (but it is probably just because Jan is a common dutch name.) This is the song about Jantje.

         In The Hague there lives an count         

            And his son is called Jantje

            If you ask him; “where does your father live”

            He will point it with his little hand.

            With his fingers and his thumb              

            On his hat he wears a plume

            At his arm a basket

            Bye my dearest Jantje

 

In dutch it is a rhyme, but in English it does not work out that way.

Jugendstil in the chinese neighbourhood

In Den Haag daar woont een graaf,

En zijn zoon heet Jantje

Als je vraagt waar woont zijn pa,

Dan wijst hij met zijn handje

Met zijn vinger en zijn duim

Op zijn hoofd draagt hij een pluim

Aan zijn arm een mandje,

Dag mijn lieve Jantje.

 

The passage is the one of the oldest shopping center in the world. This one is funded by Petrus Josephus De Sonnaville who lived from 1830-1925. (he also was funder of the famous Kurhaus).  The style is Neo-renaissance.

Also Chinatown has a lot of interesting buildings, most of them are in  Jugendstill .

Prison
But you have to look to the upper layers of the houses. And sometimes almost on the floor.

The Prisoners gate was called Hof van Holland and used as a prison from 1420-1828. You can visit this prison.

One of the most remarkable places in Den Haag is Lange Voorhout.  If you have seen old  pictures from this street, hardly anything has changed here. (exept cars) . Some special buildings can be found on nr.2 Kloosterkerk (church), nr.6 page house, nr. 74 a museum about Escher. And you can find the smallest house here. It is just 1,83 m width. You can not place a bed in it! Just in the length!!!

dieforu says:
well i just made and train change while i was going from Leiden to Antwerp,but didnt saw lot,was in rush and didnt know where is what,heheh:-D
Posted on: Dec 17, 2009
gejah says:
Den Haag is a beautiful town!! You really should see this one!
Posted on: Dec 16, 2009
dieforu says:
ooh nice blog!thanks lot Gejah:-)
Posted on: Dec 16, 2009
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Jantje
Jantje
Jugendstil in the chinese neighbou…
Jugendstil in the chinese neighbo…
Prison
Prison
Look up
Look up
Look down
Look down
Spui!
Spui!
spui nr. 3
spui nr. 3
Binnenhof
Binnenhof
Mauritshuis. Gemini told me there …
Mauritshuis. Gemini told me there…
Hofvijver
Hofvijver
the Turkish restaurant in Den Haag
the Turkish restaurant in Den Haag
keiko lost her bike in Den Haag
keiko lost her bike in Den Haag
christmass whishes tree
christmass whishes tree
the tree
the tree
Next to the ministery
Next to the ministery
23 km (14 miles) traveled
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photo by: Sweetski