we spent our first day in the netherlands daytripping it north of rotterdam to the hague which sits alongside the north sea on the western coast. its population is nearly half a million and is a very popular summer destination for the dutch. our motivation for visiting scheveningen beach was for the firework display that was planned during our stay. the weather forecast was a mix of sun and cloud with very mild temperatures in the mid teens but we chanced it anyways. in under an hour, we arrived at the hague via train and were greeted with some very ominous clouds and grey skies as far as the eye could see.
we passed some time grabbing a very expensive but tasty bowl of pho and since the weather wasn’t cooperating, visited the mauritshuis for our first museum visit in weeks.
the maritshuis is a modest two storey building with the entrance being on the underground level. its so unassuming that we even walked past it twice while looking for it. it is famous for works from vermeer, rembrandt and a bunch of other dead artists that haha knows better than me.
there was also a temporary exhibit that was quite… different. upon walking into a bright room with vaulted ceilings, all the pictures were on the floor, facing away from us and angled towards the intersection of the wall and floor.
this exhibit was about picture framing and the artist created replicas of famous pictures’ frames. slightly unconventional but all frames are not made equal and there are all sorts of mounting and stretching nuances that i had no idea about. the infamous mona lisa was even a subject and this frame stuck out from the rest
we bailed on trying to make the beach work out so we strolled around town before making our way back to rotterdam for dinner. the hague is a very easy daytrip to make from rotterdam and should be even easier to access from various areas of rotterdam once the new metro line is added.