Friday, June 13

It was still raining when I made this picture this morning on Het Plein; all the cafes on this square are preparing for the soccer match of tonight of Netherlands v France... You can expect crowds tonight, and many more orange flags!!!

Thursday, June 12

Detail of a door

One of the nicest doorways in the city...

Wednesday, June 11

Best kept secret in town

If you dared coming in the Pulchri studio to enjoy the latex wall I talked about yesterday, you'll discover one of the quietest outside cafes in town where you could have a rest. This is really a lucky find!

Tuesday, June 10

Latex wall

I saw this massive latex wall (20 meters * 3m) today in the Pulchri Studio. This installation from the young Dutch artist Marisja Smit is made of three panels attached to each other, (each of them can be bought separately for €20,000 euros btw...) and is supposed to be a reflection of our society, naked. I immediately thought of the photographies of Spencer Tunick which I love, where bodies are really treated as a substance in our nature and landscape.

Go and have a look at this installation if you can, it was inaugurated last Friday and will only be displayed until the end of the month!!!

Monday, June 9

Berlage Kiosk

With the renovation of the Buitenhof, the architect H.P. Berlage built this kiosk in 1924. This small building is made of a combination of concrete and bricks, two distinct materials used in his works. It housed originally a newspaper stand, as well as a ladies restroom underground.

Sunday, June 8

Flag day 2008

It was extremely busy yesterday in Scheveningen, when 250,000 visitors made it to the harbour to celebrate the 2008 edition of Vlaggetjesdag (Flag day), which celebrates the arrival of the "new" Dutch herring. Hollandse Nieuwe is the name given to young herring caught between mid-May and the end of June with a body fat of at least 16%. The fish are gutted and salted but the pancreas containing an enzyme which helps the fish to ripen is left in place. The first barrel of new herring was auctioned for charity last Tuesday, raising €55,000. The barrel was bought by online restaurant guide Iens.

Here one of the 100 fishes from the presentation of 100 kinds of fish caught in the North Sea. One had to evaluate the overall weight to win some prizes.

Friday, June 6

NYPD in The Hague

I spotted those Smart cars in a Smart dealer in The Hague today and was wondering whether they actually were real cars or just an ad to promote the brand... as the Smart car was launched in the US not so long ago (see here).

See the answer on this forum (a sticker promotion!!!!!!)

Thursday, June 5


Tree roots have always had a fascinating impact on me, I can always see animal shapes or wild hands trying to get a grip on soil... They are also a fantastic playground for kids and a nice place for animals to hide!

Wednesday, June 4

Het torentje

The stroll along the river opposite the Binnenhof (Dutch Parliament) is always a nice walk, especially when the weather is not too bad. You can see on the left the famous Mauritshuis museum, and next to it, the small tower, dubbed the "torentje" in Dutch which since 1982 is the work office of the Dutch Prime Minister.

Tuesday, June 3

Garbage tree

I know this is common in parks around the world, but I'm always shocked when I see disclosed garbage in a natural environment. Obviously, this is the result of a nice afternoon break among youngsters: beers, crisps and sweets hanging in a tree...

Monday, June 2

Day of the building sector

31st May was the "Day of the building sector" in The Netherlands, and a certain number of works were open to the public. This was the case of the Hubertus Tunnel, a 1600m long tunnel which is going under the Hague and should be inaugurated next September. 3400 people walked into the tunnel that day. It was quite impressive to see!

Sunday, June 1

Month theme : "My corner local shop"

Paagman is the perfect destination to go to on a grey Sunday like today. It combines a bookshop, office supplies, CDs and videos and a nice inside cafe. It is in the area one of the only leisure shops open on Sundays, so I've spent there many hours hanging around books and magazines!

Every month new cities are joining the CDP community and are activiely contributing to our theme days. Click on any of them to travel around local stores around the world.
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