Sierkan - Keizerstraat 12

Milk in The Hague

I grew up with the advertising slogan ‘Melk is goed voor elk’ (= Milk is good for everyone). Even today, I drink a good amount of milk and buttermilk. And cycling and walking through The Hague, I can observe interesting traces of what was once a flourishing dairy industry. Neerlandia – Keizerstraat 45 The Sierkan …

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Maquette Joodse Buurt

Jewish neighbourhood The Hague

If we want to learn something about history, we usually read texts or look at photos. Rarely there is the possibility to view something in three dimensions. In The Hague we have such a unique opportunity, thanks to the model of the Jewish Neighbourhood which can be admired in the Atrium of the town hall …

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Koetshuizen Paleis Lange Voorhout

Royal Coach House

The Hague is known for its stately avenues and squares. Much less known is the fact that almost all the imposing houses on those avenues and squares once had a coach house somewhere on the property. In these coach houses (horse-drawn) carriages and the equipment needed to use them were stored and maintained. Someone who …

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IJspaleis Den Haag

City halls in a village

Visitors from outside The Hague sometimes mock us by saying ‘You live in a village’. Technically, that is true, because The Hague has never been granted a city charter. But even if The Hague is still a village, we have quite a number of interesting stadhuizen, or in English, “city halls”. Old City Hall On …

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Simon Stevin in Brugge

Simon Stevin

Every July I leave The Hague for a week of singing in beautiful Bruges. On Simon Stevin Square in Bruges are restaurants, many with terraces, that serve mussels or Flemish stew. This past July, whilst sitting there and enjoying myself I realized that Simon Stevin’s journey was just the other way around: from Bruges to …

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Haagse Portiekwoning JacquelineAlders

De Haagse Portiekwoningen – “Porch Houses” of The Hague

Every year in September I take part in a door-to-door fundraising event organized by the Kidney Foundation. Good work with an unexpected result: aching quadriceps muscles. And why is that? My fundraising route includes a street with a unique type of dwelling called a “Haagse Portiekwoning”, which in English translates to “The Hague Porch House”. …

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Window tax in The Hague

All of us must face life’s two certainties: death and taxes. There are, of course, many different types of taxes. And the way we are taxed changes in the course of time. In the 19th century, Dutch people paid window tax – the amount based on the number of windows in a house. Tax harmonization …

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Students' union of The Hague

The Hague Students’ Union

A few months ago I wrote an article about the family firm Zondag, wine and spirit merchants and distillery at Westeinde in The Hague. Not long after, I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from Fred Andrioli. He told me that in the sixties Zondag had been an important supplier of the Haagsche Studenten …

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Portrait Domela Nieuwenhuis

Domela Nieuwenhuis in The Hague

Many of you must have experienced this: You are in love with someone and visit his or her parents for the first time…. During my first meeting at the home of my in-laws to be, I saw an unusual portrait hanging on the wall. It turned out to be a drawing of Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis. In …

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