Den Haag

Last month, Mike and I went to Den Haag (native English speakers will know it has The Hague). We visited many of the must-see sights although we did not go on any tours. The morning started out rainy but the weather was soon warm and sunny. Our first stop was Het Binnenhof, built around the 13th century or so. Het Binnenhof was where the Dutch parliament used to meet but now it is just a historical site (and an impressive one as you can see below).

Het Binnenhof or the Inner Court
Het Binnenhof or the Inner Court
Detail of one of the towers in Het Binnenhof. Notice the lovely goldwork.
Detail of one of the towers in Het Binnenhof. Notice the lovely goldwork.
There was is a beautiful fountain, with gold-work, in the courtyard.
There was is a beautiful fountain, with gold-work, in the courtyard.
Goldsmith lodging (I believe I am translating that correctly. Dutch, friends please let me know if I have it wrong.)
Goldsmith lodging (I believe I am translating that correctly. Dutch friends, please let me know if I have it wrong.)

After Het Binnenhof, we headed downtown…

Mike loved how the brick on this store resembled Legos.
Mike loved how the brick on this store resembled Legos.
The Gouden Hoft
‘t Goude Hooft (no significance but I thought it looked cool)
Detail of the Golden Head the restaurant is named after
Detail of the Golden Head the restaurant is named after

Of course we visited the Vredespaleis, though we did not get to tour the inside.

Vredespaleis or Peace Palace
Vredespaleis or Peace Palace
This tree outside the Vredespaleis is where people put their hopes for peace.
This tree outside the Vredespaleis is where people put their hopes for peace.

We visited the Den Haag market – which is huge (so huge and packed it was hard to get a good picture)! Half the market has clothing stalls the other half has fish, fruits, vegetables, and bread stalls. However, we were slightly saddened by its lack of fry stands. We also had lunch at a lovely little cafe (I forget the name) a short walk from the Vredespaleis.