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Old July 20th, 2008, 12:29 PM   #1
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The Hague, Holland ~Away from the center~

Yesterday (2008/07/19) I decided to get on the train with my bicycle to go the The Hague, initially to do some shopping and to shoot some update pictures of the various construction sites in town. But since rain was on the way and I didn't have my umbrella or raincoat with me I decided to make a longer ride through parts of the city that I didn't really know.

You can divide The Hague in two parts, the richer "sands" and the poorer "moors". That's bases on the soil the areas are build, on the coastal side the city was build in the coastal dunes. The inland side of the town were build in the polder on the moors. Sand is a better foundation for the houses, so that's were the big houses were build. While on the muddy soil of the moors, the small houses for the working class were constructed.

I first start of in "Duinoord" and that duin is dune in Dutch.

1. Sweelinckstraat



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3. Sweelinckplein



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5. towers



6. rain, the trees gave me some shelter.



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8. Het Gemeentemuseum (Municipal Museum), designed by H.P. Berlage.



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11. We've come into the international zone, with the congress center, with a nice little hotel tower.



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13. The "Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons"



14. the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia



15. hotel Bel-Air



16. The next couple of pictures are from the "Statenkwartier", lot's of expats reside here.



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23. "Zandheuvel" = sandhill & "Duin en Berg" = dune and mountain.



24. cottage style houses in the middle of the city



Now were moving into Scheveningen, it used to be a small coastal village but it's now part a The Hague. Here the whole sand and moor structure of The Hague doesn't apply for this area. Traditionally the people that work in the fishing industry also live in the village itself

25. typical houses in Scheveningen along the tram tracks.



26. It's not all small, see the Lindoduin flats



27. rain in the harbor



28. but it were only showers



29. cranes



30. the beach, with the skyline of Scheveningen



31. beach football



32. But that should really be played on a sunny day



33. but it was a good day for kite and surfing.



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35. Maria comes home



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40. There are lots of Seagulls as you would expect in a fishing town.



41. masts



Away from the sea and the harbor heading for the moors.

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43. But before that you go through some of the typical pre WW2 neighborhoods



44. the "afvoerkanaal", it's actually called drainage canal the water comes from the polders that are below sea level and it's pumped into the sea.



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51. This actually looks like Amsterdam.



52. Now we're moving away from the sands into the moors, into The Hague southwest.



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54. don't get lost



Next stop is a neighborhood called "Morgenstond" it's a name for early morning and is one of the early post war neighborhoods. All the different neighborhoods in this area have names that show peaceful it is or names that signify progress. Right now they are not very popular anymore because there are only old small flats. It has also turned in one of the big immigrant neighborhoods, with lots of nationalities living together.

55. Almost all buildings in this area are small 3 or 4 story flats, but are very green.



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59. recently some of the flats are demolished to be replaced with typical Dutch single family houses, to create some more diversity.



bonus 1: It's still is a skyscraper forum, "Het Strijkijzer"



bonus 2:



I hope you enjoyed my photos of typical The Hague.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 06:08 PM   #2
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Very interesting shots! I know someone who lives there so it's great to see the place where he comes from.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 06:10 PM   #3
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Beautiful!! It is almost perfect if not the cold! You can not help to compare the quality of life of this country!!!
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Old July 20th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #4
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Really nice! it looks so aristocrathic...
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Old July 20th, 2008, 08:22 PM   #5
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Amazing photo-tour of The Hague really nice work
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I've spotted Job Cohen on photo 22! ;-) Really nice photos.
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Are there marijuana cafes in the Hague?
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Old July 21st, 2008, 12:24 PM   #8
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Ofcourse, not as many as in Amsterdam but in fact every (small) city in the Netherlands have at least 1 coffeeshop
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Old July 21st, 2008, 12:38 PM   #9
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Tis en het blijft een prachtstad. Oh oh Den Haag...

Beautiful city, nice photos
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it looks so like an english seaside town its scary
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 07:40 AM   #11
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Somebody always posts a comment like that in photo threads on Dutch cities, it must be the bricks

And thanks everybody for the positive comments, next time I will make a series with sunny weather.
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Old July 24th, 2008, 04:07 AM   #12
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it looks so like an english seaside town its scary
Yeah, I was just thinking the exact same thing. Espacially the Statenkwartier. The other neighborhoods look typical Dutch.
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Even the 'bad' side of town looks nice to me.

I'd rather live like that then spread out in American suburbia
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