Saturday, May 30, 2015

Den Haag (The Hague)

Saturday May 30, 2015

Today we took a daytrip to Den Haag (The Hague). We took the 1.5 hour train since Brooklyn is not a huge fan of car rides. After arriving at the Den Haag Centraal train station we grabbed a quick coffee at a shop on Turfmarkt so Jackie could nurse Brooklyn.
Next we walked by the American Book Center. Brooklyn's 20 or so baby books are getting monotonous and boring. We hoped to pick up a few good English selections here since we don't really have that option elsewhere in the Netherlands. The prices were double what the book is normally valued in the States. Forget that, next. 
We walked into the Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights). 
A gilded Neo-Gothic fountain in the courtyard with a statue of King William II
Ridderzaal, a great hall meaning Knight's Hall

Mauritshuis Museum
Den Haag Binnenhof (Inner Court) on Hofvijver lake 

The 13th century Gothic castle is the oldest House of Parliament in the world since 1584.
Nice Art Nouveau building
Cool swan sculpted canopy support near Chinatown
Gate to Chinatown
For lunch we went to an all-you-can-eat dim sum place in Chinatown (Restaurant Full Moon). All you can eat Dim Sum in Den Haag, don't mind if we do. We are training Brooklyn for eating in Taiwan. 
The original reason we chose to come to Den Haag now was because there was a beer festival inside the Grote Kerk. In the end we decided to just walk a little more and not push doing too much with the wee one.
Grote Kerk tower
Grote Kerk steeple 

Old City Hall on the Groenmarkt 

We checked out Kelly's Expat Shop to see what kinds of American foods they supply for whenever we really feel like we need that piece of home ie cream of mushroom soup for green bean casserole, Poptarts, Cheerios (no honey!), Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Bisquik pancake mix, Goldfish crackers, Cheez-It crackers, Hidden Valley Ranch dressing, etc. Of course these items are pricey and you learn to make do without them, but if anyone is thinking about sending a care package...hint hint. Just kidding. Shipping to here is crazy expensive. It's cheaper to pay for an additional checked suitcase on the plane. If you're coming to visit, be ready to save some room in your luggage for our cheap American stuff. Besides it will just leave you with plenty of room for souvenirs. 
To quote Inigo Montoya, "I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means"...or do they? 
Nice brick building with red shutters
Next we walked down Lange Voorhout, a street lined with trees and currently an outdoor sculpture gallery 

Escher in Het Paleis, an art museum at the end of Lang Voorhout
Beautiful building which houses the Department of Justice

We stopped at a local bakery for cappucino's while Jackie nursed Brooklyn and changed her diaper. 
Happy girl loved playing peekaboo with mommy's scarf on the train
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