Snow in The Hague

Against all odds, it finally snowed in The Hague this weekend! This was quite an unexpected treat, as it’s already February, and there hadn’t been much snow in recent months. If it did snow, it melted too quickly to be enjoyed. So when it did snow this past Saturday, I – along with many other city dwellers – took this opportunity to enjoy the unexpected winter wonderland that our city turned into!

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The Hague doesn’t usually get much snow, as it’s too close to the sea and never truly gets cold enough for snow to remain on the ground. If anything, residents of The Hague will get icy sleet, accompanied by enough blustering winds and grey skies to keep us from enjoying the winter season much.

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As someone who comes from hot temperatures and island life, snow remains a wondrous thing to be seen. I was incredibly excited (as seen below), as this was the first time I could actually touch snow without it melting away!

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Have a wonderful week!

Winter Walks

It’s the middle of winter here in The Hague, and while there hasn’t been much snow, it has been quite chilly and icy on the streets. Winter weather can be painful – especially when it gives you a cold – but when the sun is shining outside, walking around the city can be just as pleasant as it is during the summer.

Stepping outside this past weekend was one of those lucky pleasant days – the sun was shining, there was an antique and books market in the centre, and plenty of people walking around taking advantage of the weather. Europeans always know how to appreciate good weather!

I went walking around ‘Het Binnenhof’, or the Inner Court, the centre for Dutch politics. The Dutch parliament meets here, and the buildings also house the office of the Prime Minister and the House of Representatives. This area is a gorgeous, peaceful location – the courtyard is a massive open space for the public to walk through, and just outside the walls of the courtyard lies several restaurants and the shopping centre on one side, and the famous Mauritshuis museum on the other side.

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The buildings both inside and outside this courtyard always give me a very Hogwarts impression, with the tall towers, sloped roofs, and bricked walls.

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Just outside the Binnenhof lies the Hofvijver, a lake nestled among some of the most famous buildings of The Hague. The Hofvijver and its surroundings make for some beautiful pictures, no matter the season or time of day. On this walk, I found some unexpected mushrooms growing on a tree, a graceful addition to the scenery.

Have a lovely week!

Series: Beautiful Places in The Hague

After more than three years in The Hague, I think it’s safe to say that I love this city. It’s become a new home for me, and I’m realising more of its beauty everyday. This week, I decided to start a new series on some of the most beautiful places in The Hague. This can stretch from beautiful architecture to gorgeous parks, starting from the ‘centrum’ (City Centre) to the beach!

1. Scheveningen

The fact that The Hague is on the coast of the Netherlands is hands down the best part of this city. If you’re here during the late spring/summer season, this is likely where everyone will be. The beach is so beautiful, and one of the cleanest beaches I’ve ever visited. And there’s so much to do! There is a newly-added ferris wheel to try out, ‘De Pier’ with an amazing panoramic view of the coast and tons of restaurants to try out, as well as caf├ęs, bars, snack shops, a cinema, and everything else you could ever want to entertain yourself!

2. Clingendael

This place is a genuine slice of heaven. One of the most gorgeous parks in The Hague, Clingendael is located very close to the Haagse Bos and Wassenaar. It’s filled with so many different types of trees, flowers, ponds, as well as cows, sheep, and little lambs during springtime! It has beautiful walking routes to follow all around the estate, as well as a small tearoom – great for an ice cream on a hot day, or coffee on a cold one. Clingendael also houses one of the most popular attractions during the spring and autumn seasons – the Japanese Gardens (which deserves a post all on its own – stay tuned)!

3. Het Binnenhof/De Hofvijver

Undoubtedly, the Binnenhof is the icon of The Hague as the political capital of The Netherlands. This stunning work of architecture houses the Dutch parliament (the Senate and the House of Representatives), the Ministry of General Affairs and the Prime Minister’s office. It is located beside the Hofvijver lake, and makes a beautiful sight during all hours of the day. This is a wonderful location to take a stroll by when you’re in the centre, or to sit beside the lake, watch the ducks and birds, and enjoy some sunshine during an autumn day.

Have a wonderful week, and thank you for reading the new series!