|Walking into the Binnenhof|
|A Lovely Tall Church|
|One of the few canals|
Our day trip to The Hague took only 45mins by train from Amsterdam when we arrived it was grey and overcast, possibly would rain. It somehow matched my mood and I did not think much of The Hague so far. First of we explored the Binnenhof where the Dutch Government do their business of ruling the country.
Now the main reason to come to The Hague was to see the brilliant painting by Johannes Vermeer The Girl with The Pearl Earing. I have been determined to see it since I read the book and saw the film. We were lucky with our timing because it will see be going abroad, when we saw it, it was in the Prince William V Gallery. The painting was much smaller than I thought but quite amazing.
After a lovely lunch we walked around the shopping area, saw the Queens`s Palace, some lovely churches and buildings. The Hague does not have many canals but we did see a few.
We hopped on a tram which took us to the beach (another post) but stopped to look at The Peace Palace another amazing building, it houses the International Court of Justice. I would loved to have taken a tour which is possible but must be booked in advance.
Once we returned from the beach we stopped for coffee and cake, then walked on to see the former Royal Palace. there was a Queen Emma in the Netherlands and she resided here. It is now the Escher Museum. The sun had come out and my opinion of The Hague had greatly improved from the morning and we all really enjoyed our day exploring The Hague.