Tag

The Hague Tips

Browsing

My Own photo of Haagsche Harry _DSC6173

New FB Emoticon_DSC6174

Marnix Rueb was the author who gave the Hague its own strip hero, Haagse Harry, or The Hague’s Harry. Marnix died Oktober 23, 2014. January 26, 2016 a statue of Harry was placed in the city centre. As you can see has it a special FaceBook like hand at the back as ever as anarchistic as Harry was.

Author: Happy Hotelier

Retired hotelier. Active blogger at HappyHotelier.com, Weekendhotel.blog ChairBlog.eu Haagspraak.nl and other blogs

_U1A2798AKlein

Recently I’ve spent a couple of days in Venice. There I took this candid of an ad in one of its Vaporetto’s that function like a bus or tramline in other cities. Just as a reminder for some advice to The Hague.

If you fly to the Netherlands you can use Amsterdam Schiphol Transportation Airport and from there to The Hague there is good public transport via Schiphol Transportation Trainstation on to one of the two main train stations of The Hagaue and pick a bus, tram or taxi. All within a reasonable timeframe. Public Transport and taxies take approximately the same time.

However, if you fly via Rotterdam The Hague Airport the public transport system is cumbersome: You have to take a bus to the Rotterdam Trainstation and from there a train to one of the two main trainstations of the Hague. It takes triple the time of a taxi driving you to The Hague.

Here The Hague can learn something from Venice. When you arrive at Marco Polo airport, you can buy one visitor card for a number of days that you can use on all public transport to and from the airport and within the city. Work to do for The Hague. It has no visitor’s card.

Author: Happy Hotelier

Retired hotelier. Active blogger at HappyHotelier.com, Weekendhotel.blog ChairBlog.eu Haagspraak.nl and other blogs

danellasmithband2A short introduction, who are you and where did you live before you moved to The Hague, what’s the biggest difference so far?

Before moving to the Hague I lived in a small town in the north of Namibia, Otjiwarongo. Otjiwarongo is so small if you close your eyes as you arrive by car you will miss it when you exit before having glimpsed it. There is not much to do as it’s really a town that supports the farmers in the region. There are shops, bistros and a great community however, it’s not the ideal place to work on your music career (though it does offer inspiration for song lyrics).Compared to the Hague, which is culturally so rich with theatres, museums, festivals and music, it’s absolutely two different worlds.

Which location is the best kept secret for relaxing?

I take my dog for his morning walk in the Scheveningen Bos and it has become my place where I let my thoughts wander, and have my head cleared. There I witness all the seasons change which has become something dear to me, seeing from one day to the next the bos explode with spring. In Namibia, seasonal change is from drought to dry to rain.

danellasmithband1The Hague is known for its extensive list of events & happenings throughout the year, which is your favourite?

Parkpop, it’s the biggest festival in Europe right here in The Hague with great international artists playing.

Where do you go to get the most tasty meal?

My favourite little restaurant is called Ruen Thai in The Hague. It’s very small and intimate and feels like your mother is cooking a delicious meal for you.

Which bars are the best places to meet new people without feeling an outsider?

Cafe de Bieb and Cafe de Libertijn are my favourite hang outs, one can have a beer and snack and meet people from all over the world in a “gezellige” environment.

danellasmithband3Obviously you are a music buff, which place in The Hague is the most inspirational for you as a musician and why?

Paard van Troje, is the ultimate performance venue, where I would like to play. It’s the place for musicians who want to make a mark. With its immense history and 40 years of existence it’s the ultimate venue for musicians here in the Hague.

Where is the next gig in The Hague? 

Our next gig in the Hague will be on July 18th where Danella Smith Band and Friends are performing at Cafe de Bieb a midsummer’s night fest. Please join us for this for a great, song-filled evening!

danellasmithbandlogoMore about the Danella Smith Band:

Danella Smith Band is an Pop-rock band, with a folk-worldly-music charm, led by singer, songwriter and guitar player Danella Smith. Danella was born and raised in Namibia, and her love for her country shines through in her multilingual lyrics and sound of her songs.

Her band members, South African bass player Mark Brophy and Dutch drummer Dimitri Vlaanderen, compliment the songs which speak of her country’s African beauty and vastness. The band is regularly accompanied by the supremely talented guest player Maaike Peterse, on cello.

Together with Mark and Dimitri, Danella arranges beautiful, heartfelt songs punctuated by life’s positive vibes; while exploring the intangible with rhythm and heart. When the Danella Smith Band performs, they take you to sunny Africa, your toes buried in the “Lekker Sand”.

Website / YoutubeFacebook /  Twitter

Support their Music by buying it on Itunes

Photo credit: Govert Kreuk

If you’ve even been to the Grote Markt on a sunny day, then you will know that this is a popular meeting place. Chances are you probably didn’t even notice that there are several different cafes, as they all seem to melt into one big terras. Zeta does not necessarily stand out, but it’s literally next door to the more well known cafe the Zwarte Ruiter.

Whilst each cafe attempts to create it’s own individual style, Zeta is the pearl. Zeta serves good coffee (bonus!) and there is truly a wide range of different people to be found throughout the day. For a cafe to appeal to such an eclectic crowd is quite unique.

Zeta

Walter BenedictGrand Cafe Walter Benedict which had just recently opened. I was pleasantly surprised by the ambiance, service and the most important aspect: the cappuccino was really good, bonus! Walter Benedict serves breakfast all day, yes all day, they really captured the French atmosphere without overdoing it. The entire vibe is so laid back that I will definitely be going back again soon to try the food.

Author: Lisa Rouissi

Lisa is a self confessed web junkie. Originally from Australia Lisa has been living in The Hague for over 20 years. You can find Lisa online at: lisarouissi.com & on Twitter @koffiekitten

_DSC3865

Dutch designer Sebastien Wierinck has designed several loopy benches for the Spuiplein. He named them BenchMark.

http://absolutelythehague.wordpress.com/

Author: Happy Hotelier

Retired hotelier. Active blogger at HappyHotelier.com, Weekendhotel.blog ChairBlog.eu Haagspraak.nl and other blogs

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Gravatar

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The-Hague-Eon-Power-Station

I’ve discovered Picfair as an outlet for the amateur photographer to sell photo’s. I know the guy behind the site and believe it will be taking off as it is a bit different from the usual stock photo sites. We will see. But photo’s tell a story and hence from time to time I’ll upload something I’ve uploaded to Picfair.

This E.on Power station is gas turbine powered and is located near the The Hague city center and actually around the corner where I live.

Ha! And to stress I’m serious about keeping the site up, I’ve changed the theme into Twenty Fifteen. In addition with a click on the photo you’ll find a larger one with more details.

Author: Happy Hotelier

Retired hotelier. Active blogger at HappyHotelier.com, Weekendhotel.blog ChairBlog.eu Haagspraak.nl and other blogs

Skip to content

Herring Eater with Scheveningen Pier

The same herring eater as in the last post, but now with a view on the delapidated Pier of Scheveningen. The Pier has been bought from the bancrupt estate by a new consortium that promised the Pier will be in operation again in 2015. Let’s hope so.

http://absolutelythehague.wordpress.com/

Author: Happy Hotelier

Retired hotelier. Active blogger at HappyHotelier.com, Weekendhotel.blog ChairBlog.eu Haagspraak.nl and other blogs

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Gravatar

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

14468869056_bad925b9c0_k

The 2014 new herring has arrived and is good. To celebrate this a photo of a sunset last year at Scheveningen behind the Herring Eater Sculpture in front of the Museum Beelden aan Zee.

http://absolutelythehague.wordpress.com/

Author: Happy Hotelier

Retired hotelier. Active blogger at HappyHotelier.com, Weekendhotel.blog ChairBlog.eu Haagspraak.nl and other blogs

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Gravatar

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.