The first weekend of September as usual all theaters come together in The Hague and give an open air preview of their programs of the coming cultural season. Kudos to Piet Plaat for granting me permission to publish his beautiful impression here.
The coat of arms of the City The Hague contains a stork, for ages already.
Two weeks ago, for the first time, I met several participants of Opûh Koffie (Open Coffee), an unstructured group of The Hague loving Hagenaars and Hagenezen (i.e. citizens of the Hague …. the difference of the two terms will be explained in due course) who come together at Aan de Overkant (Opposite or At The Other Side in English) each Wednesday morning at 9.00 hr AM, Just to drink a coffee with each other, to chat and sometimes to make photos or discuss photography. Today I’m hoping to attend my second Opûh Koffie.
After that Opûh Koffie one of the participants, Stork Frans, gave us a sneak preview of his “The Hague Stork Walk”. A wander route with a map and descriptions that shows you various storks on and around buildings in The Hague. Frans has put it together to insert in a photo book he is producing from his collection of over 800 photos of storks. He hopes to publish this book in October 2010.
While we were wandering around I’ve shot a couple of stork photos. I will share some with you here. The first is the stork on top of the Big Church which I didn’t know was there until Stork Frans pointed me to it at the start of his Stork Walk.
Via Dezeen I know that Zaha Hadid is on a shortlist of 3 architects to built the new combined theater to replace the current Dance Theater and Anton Philips Music hall (the red building on the second photo) which building will also become the home of the Conservatorium (Music School) of The Hague.
One of the best kept secrets is that the summer is one of the best times to discover The Hague. There is still a lot to do and see even though most of it’s residents have gone to more exotic places.
If you are brave enough get to know The Hague on a bike, the streets are a lot quieter and you can see a lot more than on public transport or car. Please be careful of the tram lines, I am confident in saying that everybody at some point makes the mistake to bike too close to them. Throughout The Hague there are extensive bike paths. The city centre is now almost completely car free, so even more reason to get on a bike and find places that you would otherwise not see.
As luck would have it the temperate this year is fabulous for sun lovers. No need to escape to sunnier spots south of the border when we even have our own beaches! Scheveningen is one of the most popular beaches of the Netherlands. Whether you are young or old there is something for everybody. Along the beach on the boulevard there is a wide range of fast food, restaurants and entertainment.
While I am off on vacation tomorrow I am curious to read what your favourite spots, events and happenings are in The Hague during the summer.
Yesterday Giovanni van Bronkhorst the captain and Bert Van Marwijk the coach of the Dutch Vice World Champion Football team, were knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in the order of Oranje Nassau.
Argh. It happened again: I pressed the publish button much too early.
I was looking for photos of yesterdays celebration in The Hague of the homecoming of the vice world champions football and the reception in The Hague by the prime minister in the “Cats Huis” which is the Dutch equivalent of the White House in Washington and the knighting of the coach and the captain.
In the process I found this veryy happy photo of proliferate The Hague based photographer Roel Wijnants on Flickr. I gives a good view of what The Hague is also about: A multi cultural city.
Roel took this photo on Queensday on a Turkish Islamitic Cultural party that was organized parallel to Queensday.
Hence the title of the photo: From Turkey with love!