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The Hague with peace and diversity was pleasant surprise

The gorgeous 1913 Peace Palace, largely funded by Andrew Carnegie,  houses the International Court of Justice (which is the principal judicial body of the UN) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration

The gorgeous 1913 Peace Palace, largely funded by Andrew Carnegie, houses the International Court of Justice (which is the principal judicial body of the UN) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration

The Mauritshuis is the most famous art museum in The Hague; most of the works featured are Dutch Golden Age paintings

The Mauritshuis is the most famous art museum in The Hague; most of the works featured are Dutch Golden Age paintings

The Knights' Hall is the main building of the Binnenhof which is used for official royal receptions; the king holds his annual Speech from the Throne here (like our State of the Union)

The Knights' Hall is the main building of the Binnenhof which is used for official royal receptions; the king holds his annual Speech from the Throne here (like our State of the Union)

The castle-like Binnenhof complex, overlooking a giant pond, sits in the center of The Hague; visitors can walk freely through the complex with barely a glimpse of security

The castle-like Binnenhof complex, overlooking a giant pond, sits in the center of The Hague; visitors can walk freely through the complex with barely a glimpse of security

What an incredible innovation!; people were enjoying racing around on toilets modified as seated Segways (I think I'd add a toilet bowl so you'd have storage space)

What an incredible innovation!; people were enjoying racing around on toilets modified as seated Segways (I think I'd add a toilet bowl so you'd have storage space)

My take on this statue is that it shows the changing times with the marble male subject on the left while, on the right, women have a growing influence

My take on this statue is that it shows the changing times with the marble male subject on the left while, on the right, women have a growing influence

The Noordeinde Palace, completed in 1533, is one of three official palaces of the Dutch royal family; it has been used since 2013 as the working palace for King Willem-Alexander

The Noordeinde Palace, completed in 1533, is one of three official palaces of the Dutch royal family; it has been used since 2013 as the working palace for King Willem-Alexander

The national memorial on Plein 1813 recalls the formation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1813; bicyclists all use proper hand signals and have the right of way over cars and buses

The national memorial on Plein 1813 recalls the formation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1813; bicyclists all use proper hand signals and have the right of way over cars and buses

The first global conference on peace took place in The Hague at the end of the 19th century; it now houses many major European and international organizations related to peace

The first global conference on peace took place in The Hague at the end of the 19th century; it now houses many major European and international organizations related to peace

Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665; called the Dutch Mona Lisa, the painting has gained notoriety recently as the subject of a popular book and movie

Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665; called the Dutch Mona Lisa, the painting has gained notoriety recently as the subject of a popular book and movie

This golden fountain depicts retired Queen Beatrix, a reminder that the respectful Dutch parliamentarians govern with the monarch's symbolic approval

This golden fountain depicts retired Queen Beatrix, a reminder that the respectful Dutch parliamentarians govern with the monarch's symbolic approval

The Great Church was founded in the 13th century with the present church built in stages, between the 14th and 16th centuries; Royal baptisms and weddings sometimes happen here

The Great Church was founded in the 13th century with the present church built in stages, between the 14th and 16th centuries; Royal baptisms and weddings sometimes happen here

De Passage is a 120 year old glass-covered shopping arcade; the tram fare from Delft to The Hague is 3.50 euros and easier than taking the train

De Passage is a 120 year old glass-covered shopping arcade; the tram fare from Delft to The Hague is 3.50 euros and easier than taking the train

The Hague can be an easy side trip from Rotterdam, Delft or Haarlem; it seemed there was public art every 50 yards which enlivens an otherwise generic shopping district

The Hague can be an easy side trip from Rotterdam, Delft or Haarlem; it seemed there was public art every 50 yards which enlivens an otherwise generic shopping district

Carel Fabritius, The Goldfinch, 1654; this painting was made famous as the subject of the great 2013 book by Donna Tartt

Carel Fabritius, The Goldfinch, 1654; this painting was made famous as the subject of the great 2013 book by Donna Tartt

The Stadtholder's Gate, 1620, to the Binnenhof; in the early 1800s, it came close to demolition when the Netherlands was ruled by France making the Binnenhof obsolete

The Stadtholder's Gate, 1620, to the Binnenhof; in the early 1800s, it came close to demolition when the Netherlands was ruled by France making the Binnenhof obsolete

The Plein Square is a large and popular area between the Binnenhof and older area of The Hague and the modern office towers

The Plein Square is a large and popular area between the Binnenhof and older area of The Hague and the modern office towers

This museum celebrates Dutch optical illusionist Escher in the former winter palace of Queen Emma who lived here for 30 years; it remained a royal residence until 1991

This museum celebrates Dutch optical illusionist Escher in the former winter palace of Queen Emma who lived here for 30 years; it remained a royal residence until 1991

Cars were a much rarer sight than bicycles; for an outsider, the traffic patterns for bicycles were confusing although the locals seemed to know exactly what to do

Cars were a much rarer sight than bicycles; for an outsider, the traffic patterns for bicycles were confusing although the locals seemed to know exactly what to do

In the Netherlands I feel like everyone is a foot taller than the rest of Europe; how is it that the Dutch have become so tall?

In the Netherlands I feel like everyone is a foot taller than the rest of Europe; how is it that the Dutch have become so tall?

The wealthy northernmost district of The Hague is a modern beach resort which has a long sandy beach and its own esplanade, pier and lighthouse; sand sculptures from an international competition were showcased on Lange Voorhout

The wealthy northernmost district of The Hague is a modern beach resort which has a long sandy beach and its own esplanade, pier and lighthouse; sand sculptures from an international competition were showcased on Lange Voorhout

The 2004 World Peace Flame sits within a monument created of stones from 197 nations, including a portion of the Berlin Wall and a stone from Robben Island

The 2004 World Peace Flame sits within a monument created of stones from 197 nations, including a portion of the Berlin Wall and a stone from Robben Island

The Hague's City Hall and gigantic Central Library; you can easily take a scenic tram ride from Delft to The Hague in 30 minutes

The Hague's City Hall and gigantic Central Library; you can easily take a scenic tram ride from Delft to The Hague in 30 minutes

The historic buildings are scattered throughout the heart of the Hague and are, in some ways, more attractive because they tend to stand out

The historic buildings are scattered throughout the heart of the Hague and are, in some ways, more attractive because they tend to stand out

The Hague has a population of 530,000 with the Rotterdam-The Hague metro area having 2.7 million; The Hague sure didn't seem that populated and felt much less sparsely populated than Rotterdam

The Hague has a population of 530,000 with the Rotterdam-The Hague metro area having 2.7 million; The Hague sure didn't seem that populated and felt much less sparsely populated than Rotterdam

Rick Steves is not a big fan of The Hague except for the Royal Picture Gallery; the city can be enjoyable to see if the weather is nice since it is largely pedestrianized

Rick Steves is not a big fan of The Hague except for the Royal Picture Gallery; the city can be enjoyable to see if the weather is nice since it is largely pedestrianized

The 2 story, symmetrical Mauritshuis was built in 1641 next to the Binnenhof; it became an art museum in 1822 and was opened to the public

The 2 story, symmetrical Mauritshuis was built in 1641 next to the Binnenhof; it became an art museum in 1822 and was opened to the public

The Binnenhof is a complex of buildings that houses the office of the Prime Minister and both houses of Parliament; built primarily in the 13th century, it is the oldest house of parliament still in use in the world

The Binnenhof is a complex of buildings that houses the office of the Prime Minister and both houses of Parliament; built primarily in the 13th century, it is the oldest house of parliament still in use in the world

I visited on a very hot day where ice cream and shade were incredibly popular; for more than 400 years, The Hague has served as the living and working residence of the House of Orange

I visited on a very hot day where ice cream and shade were incredibly popular; for more than 400 years, The Hague has served as the living and working residence of the House of Orange

A statue of William the Silent was installed on this square in 1848; Het Plein was constructed in 1632 and inspired by the Place des Vosges in Paris

A statue of William the Silent was installed on this square in 1848; Het Plein was constructed in 1632 and inspired by the Place des Vosges in Paris

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