It’s snowing in The Hague, white Christmas anybody?

Heading to The Hague? Bring you snowboots, we might just have a white Christmas this year!

image credit: emmychristine

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ZOOM, eyes on Dutch fashion

fotograaf  © Wendelien Daan
fotograaf © Wendelien Daan

‘ZOOM, eyes on Dutch fashion’ is a visual journey through the history of Dutch fashion from 1950 to the present. The exhibition consists of over 150 photographs work with the crème de la crème of all Dutch designers, photographers, stylists and models. If you are fashionista then make sure you visit this exhibition when you are in The Hague.

Location: Le Magasin de la Mode, Haagsche Bluf 43, The Hague
Website: residencedelamode.nl/en/programma

image credit: wendeliendaan.nl

Ice is on it’s way to The Hague

“The largest ice-attraction of Europe is coming to the Malieveld this winter in The Hague” via: denhaag.com

Paradice will be the biggest ice-skating rink in Europe and is set to open on 17 December in The Hague. Besides skating you can spend a whole day the ice-park playing games, curling (well you never know), there will entertainment for the kids in the Ice Theatre or just sit back and relax while enjoying a cup of Dutch hot chocolate in the winter village. The ice season will close on February 13 2011 with a fitting Valentice event, promising to be the Valentine event of the year.

When: 17 december 2010 tot 14 februari 2011
Where: Malieveld, The Hague [Google Maps]
Transport: Malieveld tramstop, trams 8 & 9; Korte Voorhout tramstop: tram 10, 16 & 17 or Central Station, 5 min walk
Website & ticket info: paradice.nl

Tea-masterclass Betjeman & Barton


Together with seven other tea lovers (two men and five women) I was invited today by Marion van den Blik, owner of Betjeman & Barton, Denneweg 25 in The Hague (www.betjemanandbarton.nl) to have a tea-masterclass in her lovely shop. The first thing we got was a glass of tea, a melange Pouchkine (which tasted a little bit like Earlgray, with bergamot, lemon and orange), with a homemade applecake, made of Granny’s world famous applecake mix. Marion told about the history of the famous tea brand, which started in 1919 when Englishman Mr. Barton visited Paris where he – of course – fell in love with a beautyful French lady, and opened his own tea shop at the boulevard Malesherbes. About 30 years ago Marion visited the B&B shop in Paris, fell in love with this brand of tea and took her own tea with her being abroad. In 1992 Marion decided to make from her passion her profession and opened the first Betjeman and Barton teashop in The Netherlands. Except for many many brands of tea she sells the beautiful pottery of Emma Bridgewater, GreenGate or Bunzlau Castle.

At home and in her shop she has a beautiful collection of about 140 tea pots, antique and modern ones, most of them in the shape of a cat. The first tea we tasted was the Chinese White Pearl from the Fujian province in Southern China, a light green tea, followed by a green Japanese Gyokuro, which has to brew just for one minute, a Black Dragon from Taiwan (with the taste of smoked chestnuts), a biological Darjeeling first flush, picked in March 2010 (€ 34 per 100 gr) and the fifth brand was the Chinese black tea. The prices of these teas are between € 25 and € 45 per 100 gr). You’ll have the best tea by using Spa water of about 70° C, a clean hot teapot, and o no, no sugar please. Then it was time for a so-called low-tea. Marion made delicious wraps with salmon, little clubsandwiches and mini pizzas, trifle and other sweets.


Thank you Marion, I enjoyed your tea-masterclass very much! And I could not resist buying that lovely red and white striped teapot of GreenGate!

The Dutch Antilles House in The Hague

A Tweet of the @CityOfTheHague referring to this post on the Official The Hague site inspired me to this post.

October 7, 1919, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was incorporated. It is the oldest commercial airline. It was granted the status of “Royal Airline” by the then Queen of The Netherlands Wilhelmina in 1919. It used to have its headoffice in The Hague, but that moved to the Amsterdam area long ago.

The day before yesterday, at the occasion of KLM’s 91st anniversary, the president of KLM presented house number 91 in its series of Delft Blue houses which is a “give away” for its ueber passengers who fly the KLM intercontinental ueber business class.

Number 91 of the series is the Dutch Antilles House in The Hague.

At the same time a miniature copy of the Antilles house was placed in the miniature city Madurodam here in The Hague.

Notes:

  1. Tomorrow the IRL (=In Real Life) status of The Dutch Antilles House will change significantly because the status of the Netherlands Antilles will change significantly. How? that is much too complicated for a blogpost here. I’m not even sure how to explain the changes:-)
  2. If you want to know everything about the whole series of 91 Delft blue KLM houses, bear with me: KLM is very modern. It has an app for your I-Pod/Pad/Phone explaining all. Last year they even published a book about them.
  3. There is real Dutch Genever in the little houses. Keep them away from children

Update
Geertje has the (Dutch) story about the placement of the Dutch Antilles House in Madurodam.

Last edited by Happy Hotelier on October 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Carnival of Cities – October 6, 2010


Welcome to the Carnival of Cities for October 6, 2010.
In the Carnival of Cities by turn bloggers post the best posts about one city or town produced by other bloggers who have entered their posts. Is an excellent way to spread the word about your blog and/or to bring your city to the attention of readers of other blogs. For us as a relatively new blog dedicated to one city (The Hague, Absolutely!) it’s an honor to host this blog carnival Carnival of Cities, originally set up by Sheila Scarborough on her Family Travel Logue back in 2007. Sheila doesn’t confine herself to just one blog, do read my interview with her, and, more importantly, she has visited The Hague several times when she used to live in The Netherlands.

The last edition of September 22, 2010, was hosted at Family Travel Logue and the next edition of October 20, 2010 will be hosted at Sheila’s Guide to the Good Stuff.

The rules for this Carnival of Cities clearly state that the posts have to reflect just one city or one town of any importance. So unfortunately I had to delete a couple of submissions that did not comply.

Africa

Americas

Asia

Europe

Intermezzo

I take the liberty to include footage of surfing in Scheveningen, The Hague’s Beach Resort, referring to a prior post where 9 photographers were gliding rather than riding the North Sea, saying: “You were lucky guys, the weather was not like this or even worse:-)”

Conclusion

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of cities using the Carnival of Cities Submission Form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Meet our new Prime Minister and Vice Prime Minister

Today Yesterday the CDA party conference said yes (68% for and 32% against) to a coalition forged between two political parties CDA (Christian Democrats) and VVD (Liberal Party) to form a minority government that will be “tolerated” by Geert Wilders’ PVV (Ban the criminals Party?).

On your Left Mark Rutten and on your right Maxime Verhagen. Both nicely coiffured with Geert’s hairdo. I believe this is one of the best political photoshops I’ve seen in ages. I found it at FB

Our regular readers will know that The Hague is the center of Dutch Government. So from time to time we will feature some of the Dutch political idiosyncrasies. I predicted already that Rutte needs his life vest to keep this government afloat. Today it is still uncertain that there will be a government, because the 3 parties have 76 of the 150 seats in Parliament and 2 members of the CDA faction still hesitate whether they will condone the tolerating …. Sigh politics ain’t easy.

Amphibius attempt playing domino underwater for 35 hours

Amphibius diving and underwater sport club are going for a Guinness book record today in Den Haag. The club decided to celebrate their 35 year anniversary in style attempting 35 hours of playing domino under water!! If you want to support them you can see them in action today at the sportcomplex ‘De Blinkerd’ in Scheveningen. They are currently streaming the event live on the website: Amphibius.nl

TodaysArt – International Festival Beyond Art – The Hague, The Netherlands

Todays Art Logo

Every year the TodaysArt Festival transforms the city centre of The Hague into an inspiring stronghold of creativity and audiovisual experiences. In just six years TodaysArt developed into one of the foremost art festivals in Europe.

Its growing success is showed by the expansion of its annual line-up of events and worldwide co-operations. TodaysArt has provided an annual setting for artistic and creative encounters with cultural phenomena that are the upshot of social change. Concerts, exhibitions, performances and interventions carry these inquiries beyond the confines of conventional festival spaces and cultural venues and take them out into the public sphere and throughout the cityscape.

In this process of pervading public spaces and staging festival activities in interesting and appropriate physical settings, TodaysArt has consistently displayed extraordinary imaginativeness. From the train station to the clubs, from churches to the City Hall, unusual locations have repeatedly served as sites of performances and interventions, and have, in turn, been reinterpreted by them.
TodaysArt has, since its inception, been focused on amplifying the new and mapping out barely existent forms of – and transdisciplinary relations between – art, music and technology. Despite battles with finance, ambition and scale, 2010 promises to be another exceptional year: TodaysArt will, in the style its notorious for, plug in to the social possibilities of art, sound and technology in The Hague’s urban and public spaces and further to national and international contexts. This edition will bring together widely varied perspectives; a clamour of different voices that address the issues of how we shape our future and what we want our city to be, and that ask fundamental questions about the context of our urban experience: Who has claims on an authentic and creative cultural life in the city? What is a truly creative city?

TodaysArt will take place on Friday September 24 and Saturday September 25, 2010.
More information: TodaysArt 2010

Picture by Spoek Media.