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Weekend in The Hague: Restaurants, Museums & Gardens

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Two Awesome Museums

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The Mauritshuis Museum

First nice surprise, I take the stairs to go towards the main entrance very modern and clear which is at the under ground (photo 2). The Mauritshuis is located in a beautiful building of the 17th century (photo 3), near the Binnenhof (first photo of the post) and Hofvijver. 

The “human scale” museum allows me to take my time to look at the permanent collections of the Golden Age of Dutch painting. Many famous masters, Rembrandt, Van Dyck and of course the hypnotic painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer (photo 1). I also really like the portrait of Elizabeth Bellinghausen by Bartholomäus Bruyn I (photo 4).

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The Exhibition: Duch Self-Portraits

Selfies of the Golden Age (on the photo montage above, photo 3). Do not miss this exhibition, until January 3, 2016 at the Mauritshuis! This exciting exhibition will speak to all bloggers (yes!), Instagrammers and other followers of personal branding (photo 2, lol!). 

Here is a great example that reminds us that digital marketing has invented nothing really new : : photos 1 & 4, as the painter Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627-1678), 

“Various artists allowed their self-portraits to be transformed into prints, thereby increasing the number of copies available for sale or as gifts. These prints enhanced the artist’s reputation, particularly if they were were used as illustrations in successful books(source: Mauritshuis museum).

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The Escher in Het Paleis Museum

5 minutes walk from the Mauritshuis Museum, my darling museum Escher in Het Paleis Museum to be discovered (above photo montage)! M.C. Escher is a visionary artist with a prolific imagination that plays with perspective. 

We enter into a world of an extreme wealth and complexity! Fantastic! On the photo above montage: last picture, an artwork of Escher, Bonifacio (big up to Corsica!). 

On the photo montage below, a few other artworks of Escher which I liked very much (there are so many that this selection was hard): 1. Depth (1955), 2. Path of Life I (1958), 3. Fish and Scales (1959) and 4. Curl-up (1951).

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Two Restaurants And A Snack

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Little V

Lunch of Vietnamese cuisine in China Town, the Asian district of The Hague (photo 1 above). Located opposite the Nieuwe Kerk, the Little V restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and nice service. 

The decoration is quite original (4) and the food is good: I chose vegetables with tofu (2), chicken with noodles (3) and a fresh orange juice. But I can’t finish the dishes, too hearty!

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Catch by Simonis  

This famous restaurant is located on the harbour of Tweede Binnenhaven where I got lost for nearly half an hour before finding the restaurant (picture above 4)! I had an appointment with a writer friend who came by bike … and got lost too, no comment! 

Excellent dinner: for the first meal, we shared the Catch Combination (huge dish), composed of “Scottish salmon from our own smokehouse, Stellendam shrimp and Usselmeer eel fillet” (2). For the main course, I chose the Zeebaars: “Seabass pan-fried on the skin served with beetroot, potato mousseline and olives with a shallot sauce” (3). 

In the photo 1, a painting seen in the Mauritshuis: Still Life with Roemer and Timepiece (1629) by Willem Claesz Heda.

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The Famous Herring 

Do you know this Dutch specialty? Yes, het haring (herring) caught in the North Sea, eaten raw by the tail, with on onions (for 2 euros on average!). 

Photo above 4: considered as one of the best places to eat this specialty, Haringkraam Buitenhof is located close to the Hofvijver (3) and the seat of the Dutch parliament (2). The address: Buitenhof 2513 AG The Hague.

Don’t forget to bring a lemon for the hands and breath ; )

Photo 1: very arty doors of a ministry near the Mauritshuis. Photos below: skyscrapers of the new part of The Hague.

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Secret Gardens

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Stroll, walk!

Like most European cities, you will discover The Hague by walking. By an open door, I see a beautiful courtyard, with a calm lush garden (photo above 1). 

By following a narrow street, I admire some cottages built in the 18th century (2). Elsewhere, a small red door leads us into a green space (4). Photo 5: brief stop by the Paleistuin (Palace Garden). Photo 3: on Lange Voorhout, the smallest building in The Hague (the one with vertical four windows).

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Informations   

Den Haag Marketing, Holland.com and Thalys (www.thalys.com/be/fr/)

To go to The Hague : take the Thalys to Rotterdam Central (1h10 from Brussels-Midi), then the Dutch metro RET to Den Haag Central (more and less 30 minutes).

Related posts to The Hague: DESTINATIONS & SHOP MY SELECTIONS

Many thanks for this beautiful invitation to Den Haag Marketing, Holland.com, Thalys and to the guide, Remco Dörr. As always these opinions are my own.

Fashion & Beauty Essentials For a Weekend in The Hague

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Cocktail at The Hotel Des Indes

I try to pack minimum items especially for weekend travels. Boyish basics: a pair of jeans and black pants, black shirts, V sweater and three-quarter lengh coat. With beautiful accessories that will bring a touch of glam rock …

A friend invited me to the Hotel Des Indes considered as the fanciest place in The Hague. Minimalist rock: I match a pair of skinny jeans and black wide T-shirt, with Sam Edelman black suede high heels booties and a lovely black and pink leather clutch, Lilu for Mademoiselle K, for sale on this blog.

To add a glam touch, the glossy red lipstick, Pure Color Envy Liquid Potion (330 Lethal Red) of Estée Lauder, with pulled hair and no make-up. I even wear it during the daytime! Less is – definitely – more.

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For Walking Into Town

During the day, I go to museums, do shopping and explore the different neighborhoods, sometimes I stop in a restaurant or coffee. Suffice to say that I walk a lot!

So I chose the flat booties Palladium in waterproof leather. Surprisingly I find they refine the calf and are pretty feminine and comfortable too! I wear them with black pants or jeans.

Plus a Massimo Dutti pouch where I slid my tram and museum tickets and an old school city map.

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Breathing at The North Sea 

Great fun. Long walk with a friend, on a preserved part of the beach lined with dunes. It’s windy and raining. That’s why I wear this gorgeous plastic pink poncho (LOL!). Great match with my multicolored Skechers

Currently, I am more concerned to moisturize my face and clarify my complexion (which tarnishes with the imminent arrival of winter) than wrinkles. After seeing an improvement on my mother’s mature skin, I use the Estee Lauder Enlighten serum and cream. After two months, her spots are slightly faded and her complexion is more radiant. Even the texture of her skin looks better. 

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Weekend in Rotterdam: Where Going Out and Staying

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My City Guide Rotterdam

To give you some ideas for your next weekend! Ok, this year, Rotterdam is one of the best destinations recommended by the New York Times and Rough Guide. But what really inspired me: for last few years, Rotterdam is one of the most dynamic cities in terms of contemporary architecture (post to come). As always walk, walk and discover! And feel free to give me your feedback on these addresses.

Where to stay

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Comfortable simple design

the brand new Ibis Rotterdam City Centre is ranked 6th best hotel in Rotterdam by Tripadvisor. The room is small, well thought out (for one person) and very clean (photo above). Bedding and facilities are great and the bathroom has a large shower area. The service is very efficient and smiling. Good location, I could see all the major attractions on foot.

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Where going out

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Sumatraweg, a charming place 

with several vintage decor cafes and few restaurants (photo 1). My favorite is the Kopi Soesoe: nice and quiet atmosphere with lovely decor (photos above). 

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Close to Sumatraweg in a warehouse 

the Fenix Food Factory is a covered market with several restaurants on a dock. This is my big favorite! The place is cozy, tastefully arranged and with a New York touch! Perfect for a late brunch.

On the photo montage above: 1.  & 2. Kapse Brouwers is both a brewery and a coffee shop offering a variety of beers and also Britain cider. 3. Jordy’s Bakery, a bakery. On the photo montage below: 1. & 2. a restaurant that proposes an incredible variety of delicious Dutch cheeses and crottins Chavignol too.

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Panoramic view of the various banks

from the Hotel New York terrace. I wish I could stay there after a long architecture walk, but as it rained! So I decide to do a quick tour of the hotel located in the former offices of the Holland America Line. A piece of history! Photo below: the really cool toilets for women.

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Witte by night

Long street with bars, cafes and restaurants in the arty bohemian atmosphere. Witte is a five minute walk from the Museum Quarter. Photo above: translation of the text on drawing “Suddenly when I was kissing my nipples, I saw hundreds of men looking at me.” Funky! Lol! Photo Montage below: 1 Main Street. 2 the “flying bartender”, this guy kept jumping in the air at the sight of my phone! Lol! 3 & 4 Bazaar, with a DIY decor, really cool coffee and restaurant!

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Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2014, tous droits réservés.  

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DESTINATIONS & LIFESTYLE 

Thanks to the Accor Hotels to invite me in Rotterdam. As always these are my opinions.