I had no notion how much I would really like The Hague! It is a lovely and tranquil city, crisscrossed with canals, exceptionally walkable, complete of several outstanding dining establishments, and with public transportation that tends to make it easy to get just about everywhere else in Holland. And on major of all that allure and livability, it has an remarkable environment-course museum suitable in the middle of it, the Mauritshius, which has a assortment of will work by artists like Vermeer, Rubens, Holbein, and Rembrandt! My spouse Nowell and I had been incredibly content with our final decision to make The Hague our residence-foundation in Holland.

As we walked to the Mauristhuis museum we stopped for a image at this amazing watch of the Dutch Parliament. The 13th-century Binnenhof is the oldest parliament setting up continue to in use. The physique of h2o in advance of it is named the Hofvijver which implies “court pond”. It really is amazing to see this kind of beauty in the middle of a metropolis… and glance at that traditional Dutch sky!

The Maurithuis museum was just a 15-minute flat and picturesque stroll from our resort, so we arrived fresh new and all set for an exciting dose of Art! This is a beautiful assortment with various quite popular gems, such as Vermeer’s Female with the Pearl Earring and Look at of Delft, as perfectly as Fabritius’ Goldfinch.

I obtained some fantastic depth photographs showing the cracks and restoration of Female with the Pearl, the astonishing pointillism and very small, specific styles of Perspective of Delft, and the luscious brushwork of the Goldfinch.

Female with the Pearl and Goldfinch had been really exhibited a several several years in the past in San Francisco in which I stay, so extremely strangely this was my Next time seeing the two these iconic is effective. I did like viewing them in their property in the Mauristhuis, nevertheless. In the San Francisco show Goldfinch was hung in a slim hallway, and The Pearl was hung in a totally black room with an extreme highlight, which was meant to raise the drama of the experience, but in its place designed the face blindingly gentle. So I was able to recognize both of those performs much better in this correctly-lit museum.


How frequently do you get to admire and look at two Rubens marriage portraits and two Van Dyck relationship portraits all in 1 space collectively?

Left Rubens’ Peter Van Hack, Claire Fourement and Van Dyck’s Peeter Stevens and Anna Wake (in between them is an outstanding “kunstkamer” or “artwork place” by Willem van Haecht.


I genuinely fell in appreciate with this Van Dyck portrait. As much as I admire Rubens as a painter, when it will come to portraiture, Van Dyck has the capability to capture a robust emotion of currently being in the existence of a true person.

The Mauristhuis also has a Rubens oil sketch of the very same topic I observed in the Our Woman cathedral in Antwerp just a handful of days in advance of this, Mary’s assumption to heaven:

Still left is the ~3-foot tall sketch in the Mauristhuis museum, on the ideal is the ~15-foot tall portray mounted in the Antwerp cathedral.

You can see the stone arch to the ideal of Mary was omitted in the last, and you can also see the blue shade is various: The last painting utilised additional highly-priced pigments, like lapis lazuli for the blues, which at the time was even far more pricey than gold. Right here are my detail shots of the sketch:

Extra facts from paintings by Rubens, Pieter van Anraadt, Pieter Claesz, Gabriël Metsu, Jan van Huysum, Franz Hals, Saloman van Ruisdale, Holbein:

And a nice assortment of Rembrandts, which includes this very small head of a Laughing Gentleman and the renowned Anatomy Lesson:

The Hague is a attractive city and also pretty livable Simply because it is not mobbed with travelers, most the men and women you see are just likely about their frequent everyday living, finding up their young children from university or conference close friends for a consume following operate. It truly is a big metropolis, but there does not seem to be a great deal of sound or traffic, in all probability because most folks vacation by bicycle, so just going for walks around felt quiet and relaxing.

There’s also a pretty very little museum devoted to MC Escher, which we definitely relished.

Delft was a very effortless daytrip, since we could get there on the nearby tram line which experienced a prevent right outside the door of our hotel and took us to the coronary heart of Delft in about 30 minutes. The Hague’s public transportation was very uncomplicated for a customer, because you can just obtain the “HTM” app to your cell phone in which you can obtain one tickets or working day-prolonged tickets, and the QRC ticket just appears.

Delft is a gorgeous area just to wander all-around, and we liked owning a slower-paced working day, so we didn’t do any formal excursions, but just admired the surroundings (and the meals!).

Back in the Hague:

We experienced great foods all in just a pair blocks of our lodge at Walter Benedict, Bistro Mer and Follia.

We loved the YAYs lodge we stayed in (tackle: Koninginnegracht 20, 2514 AB Den Haag), which has apartment suites with kitchenettes, like a no cost laundry place for company, for less than a solitary resort space in Amsterdam. It can be in a great minimal community with lots of eating places and a practical minimal grocery retailer, and only a 15 moment wander to the Mauristhuis museum. It was easy to acquire the tram from just a several techniques outside the doorway of the lodge to the Holland Spoor train station, which is how we visited Amsterdam and the remarkable Rijksmuseum, which I will publish about in my subsequent site post.

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