The Hague, Delft Pottery, Gouda and de Haar Castle

We went for a drive around the country(side) today. Our fist destination was The Hague, simply because we constantly hear it mentioned. We didn’t have any specific things to see in mind, so we just drove and parked near the city centre and walked around and found some things to look at:

The old town hall, The Hague
The Hague Old Town
The Hague Old Town

In the shopping arcade, they had a Girl with the Pearl Earring painting with a cutout for the face, so Daniel and Eileen had a go:

The Hague Old Town
The Hague Old Town
The Hague Old Town
The Hague Old Town

We continued on through the old town – the squares are full of tables and chairs for restaurants on the perimeter. You could barely navigate them!

The Hague Old Town
The Hague Old Town
The Hague Old Town
The Hague Old Town
The Hague Old Town
The Hague Old Town
The Hague Old Town

We discovered something to see: The Binnenhof – an old palace of sorts. Quite pretty, especially with the lake and fountain on the one side of it:

Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
Binnenhof, The Hague Old Town
The Hague Old Town

We headed back towards the car:

The Hague Old Town
The Hague Old Town
The Hague Old Town

and then drove to the beach! It’s not too far to Scheveningen Strand. We has a little wander along the promenade there.

Scheveningen Strand, The Hague
Scheveningen Strand, The Hague
The Pier at Scheveningen Strand, The Hague
The Pier at Scheveningen Strand, The Hague
Scheveningen Strand, The Hague
Scheveningen Strand, The Hague

It was lunchtime and there were restaurants EVERYWHERE. It was hard to choose! We did manage to find a place though and Daniel and I had mussels again, as we often did on our past travels together. After lunch, we headed off to Delft to have a look at some pottery. We were very lucky to arrive at a time when there wasn’t a tour busload of tourists there! It was interesting to note that the Delft pottery they make here is molded rather than thrown. I bought some nice earrings to go with a necklace I’d inherited not long ago 🙂

Delft Pottery, Delft
Delft Pottery, Delft
Delft Pottery, Delft
Delft Pottery, Delft
Delft Pottery, Delft
Delft Pottery, Delft
Delft Pottery, Delft
Delft Pottery, Delft
Delft Pottery, Delft
Delft Pottery, Delft

When we got back to our car, we saw this tiny little car parked nearby and I had to photograph it with Eileen, to indicate scale:

Eileen next to a Renault vehicle, Delft

We headed back in the direction of our accommodation, by way of Gouda. We went there because we like the cheese, of course, and it has a nice old town according to the internet…We found a windmill and parked nearby to walk into the old town:

A windmill in Gouda
A windmill in Gouda
A windmill in Gouda

It’s reminiscent of Amsterdam with the canals, though some of them are overgrown with weeds…

Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda

There was some sort of sewer’s market on in the city square so I couldn’t get good photos of the interesting looking old town hall. We walked around a little bit and then sat down for coffee and watched an artist at the next table as he drew the town hall. I just took photos of it 😉

Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda

When we were on the way out of town, we saw a boat harbour and windmill that looked quite picturesque, so we stopped for photos:

Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda
Views around Gouda

It was getting quite late, but our trip back to the accommodation would take us really close to De Haar Castle, so we just stopped nearby and walked around the outside and took photos as the staff packed up the outdoor seating etc. It’s quite pretty. I don’t know how interesting the inside would have been. Wouldn’t have been anywhere near the opulence we’d been used to, though!

Views around Gouda
De Haar Castle, near Gieltjesdorp
De Haar Castle, near Gieltjesdorp
De Haar Castle, near Gieltjesdorp
De Haar Castle, near Gieltjesdorp
De Haar Castle, near Gieltjesdorp
De Haar Castle, near Gieltjesdorp
De Haar Castle, near Gieltjesdorp
De Haar Castle, near Gieltjesdorp
De Haar Castle, near Gieltjesdorp
De Haar Castle, near Gieltjesdorp
De Haar Castle, near Gieltjesdorp
De Haar Castle, near Gieltjesdorp

We headed to Utrecht to have dinner there, but it started to rain more and we didn’t feel like walking anywhere anymore, so just headed to Hilversum near our accommodation and had a very nice dinner there. We were quite tired once we got back to our accommodations. Especially Daniel, with all the driving he did today!

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