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Clingendael Estate and Duinbos Park

Clingendael estate and the surrounding parks are easily my favourite places to visit on a sunny day. Because its location in the center of The Hague, it is an excellent place to visit on a beautiful day. It also covers a pretty large area, especially if you include Oosterbeek. Clingendael estate is currently the home of The Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael or Clingendael Institute. This Clingendael isn’t old industrial area like the Finnish Klingendahl in city of Tampere.

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Laurenskerk reflection on Markthal windows

A Quick Visit to Rotterdam

City of Rotterdam is slighty larger than The Hague when measured by population. Area of the city is much larger including the huge Port of Rotterdam. Public transport and trains are pretty decent in Netherlands. Train ride from The Hague to Rotterdam is quick and cheap. It takes about 20 minutes and costs around 5 euros (oneway). Also trains run pretty frequently. City of Delft is located between The Hague and Rotterdam. I’ve heard that Delft is also worth a visit.

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Westduinpark Hiking

Westduinpark on The Coast of The Hague

Westduinpark is kind of a big dune in between the city of Hague and the North Sea. There is a smaller park right next to Westduinpark called Bosjes van Poot. Together these two parks cover 235 hectares. In the area there are many cycling and hiking trails. Westduinpark has also been designated with a Natura 2000 nature protection status. Believe or not, there is also Highland Cattle roaming free in the park.

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Chinese New Year 2015 Dragon Watches Fireworks

China Town Den Haag – Chinese New Year 2015

Chinese New Year Festival celebration in The Hague 21st of February 2015. Dragon costumes, colorful decorations and constant music playing across the city center. Chinese parade of dragon costumes and musicians circled the center for several hours, stopping from time to time in order to give a show for the crowds. Dragons danced, drummers drummed and fireworks exploded! People seemed to have a good time. Most of the people (including I) watched the festival through smartphones (or lens) most of the time. There was also a small chinese foods and souvenirs market with a band playing. All in all it was a colorful and nice day in the Hague center.

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Mauritshuis Art Museum in The Hague

Part of our introduction days in The Hague University included a museum tour in the legendary Mauritshuis. The Museum is located in the heart of The Hauge right next to Binnenhof. It was renovated a couple of years ago and has hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. The most famous paintings are Girl with a Pearl Earring, aka Dutch Mona Lisa, by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer and The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt. I tried my best not to be the obtrusive picture snapping tourist, so I didn’t use flash even though conditions were pretty dim.

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Malakkastraat

From My Home Street to The Hague Beach

Malakkastraat – My Home Street

My current living quarters in The Hague are located at Malakkastraat in the Archipelbuurt district. It’s a quiet neighborhood without shopping streets, but still within a 15 minutes walk from the City Center. Almost at backyard is a nice park or forest named Scheveningse Bosjes (Woods). Great place to jog and walk your dog. Wherever you walk the canals as a signposts. I took some photos from the surrounding streets and parks, enjoy.

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The City of Peace and Justice

The Hague is not the constitutional capital of The Netherlands (it’s Amsterdam). But it is the home of The Dutch Government, Parliament, Supreme Court, Council of State, Embassies, International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court plus a ton of different EU agencies. One of the biggest sights to see is Binnenhof, which is next to a small pond called Hofvijver. Binnenhof is a Gothic castle built in the 13th century. Pictures of The Binnenhof and Hofvijver right below.

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