Living in a city that has a beach makes such a big difference, even though The Hague is far from being the first place that comes to your mind when you think of it. This year has been pretty cold and I am really looking forward to those warm sunny days. Despite the cold and gloomy weather, I often go to the beach on weekends. The sea and the relaxing atmosphere calms me down, and whenever I am there it feels as if I am on vacation. Today I discovered that the beach bars are welcoming their first visitors, so I officially opened the season! 🙂 There was even some live music at the pier. Advertisements
We’ve been getting so much sunshine the past week here in the Netherlands. Even though it is still not as warm as I like it, I’ve slowly started to pull out my summer clothes and I’ve left all sweaters behind. Making sure not to miss the sunny weather, I headed to Scheveningen on Sunday. I planned a lovely lunch at The Harbour Club and took a walk around the area. I highly recommend this restaurant – incredible food and amazing view of the boats in front!
Every now and then I like to plan a day for culture. This time I visited Mauritshuis in The Hague. It is home to some of the best Dutch Golden Age paintings. I finally got the chance to see Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (see below)! The building itself is absolutely gorgeous! It is not very big, so if you are short on time, you’ll be able to quickly see everything. How often do you go to museums?
One of the best perks of living in The Hague is definitely the beach. Although the weather rarely allows sunbathing, you will make no mistake to go for a short walk, coffee, or dinner. I prefer Scheveningen beach. It is usually more lively (and extremely crowded on a hot summer day!) than the other beaches around here. I especially love going there after work. For a few hours I feel like a tourist, drinking cocktails and watching the sunset. The summer, of course, is the best time to go, but I very much enjoy going to Scheveningen on weekends, drifting away and shutting off for a moment.
I’m excited to tell you about my recent visit to the Escher Museum (or Escher in het Paleis) in the Hague. It is an incredible exhibition in what was formerly the Winter Palace of Queen Mother Emma of the Netherlands, which features prints by the famous Dutch artist Escher. Escher’s work is so unique and distinguishable. The way magic, perspective, and illusions are intertwined is fascinating. Go and see for yourself! What also impressed me is the palace itself. Absolutely gorgeous! Each room has a unique chandelier. The best is that the rooms can be hired for receptions, special occasions, and exclusive dinners. Pretty awesome, right?