Finally, some sun!

The weather has been up and down lately in this part of Europe… we are having far too many rainy/windy days, and that will probably continue for a little while longer in the coming weeks. A couple of weekends ago was a rare change of events, however – the sun shone very bright and the days were hitting 18 degrees! That obviously meant a beach visit was in order.

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We also visited a seaside museum in Scheveningen called ‘Beelden aan Zee’, which specialises in sculpture exhibitions. This was a fun little addition to a sunny day and had some really interesting sculptures to view.

Have a wonderful week!

Fireworks Explosion

It has been far too long since I last blogged, and I’ve really missed it! The last couple of months have been a real turning point in my life – I officially graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Law, and started an amazing new job! Life has changed a lot and gotten a lot busier since two months ago, but I’m very glad to have been given a wonderful opportunity to stay in The Netherlands and continue to live here and enjoy this beautiful country.

To kickstart my return to regular blogging of my adventures here, I thought I would share a lovely throwback to mid-August, when the International Fireworks Festival was held at Scheveningen, our favourite beach in The Hague. This festival brings together various countries to compete with their best fireworks displays, and lasts for a couple of weekends every year. I was able to visit the displays of China against France, and what a beautiful, glowing, explosive experience that was on a warm summer evening!

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Have a wonderful week everyone!

Sunny Scheveningen

Studying for exams at this time of the year has me longing for the beach. At the end of March, a beautifully sunny day allowed me and some friends to visit Scheveningen, The Hague’s busiest beach, for a food festival and market. Though it was still slightly windy, the blue sky and warm sun made up for the months of grey and cold we had all been feeling a little too keenly!

Visiting Scheveningen always gives me a warm feeling of security – that winter is finally behind us, and summer is slowly making its way in. This beach has some wonderful, happy memories that I’ve collected over the past four years, and will forever be somewhere I can recall fondly as ‘home’ for a period of my life.

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The beautiful coast

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On top of ‘De Pier’

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The skyline from De Pier

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Brilliantly blue summer skies

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Scheveningen’s Ferris Wheel

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The Kurhaus

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!