a small dose of culture

Hello, dear readers!  I wanted to bring you a few highlights of a nice weekend for us here in our own city of The Hague.  We were prepared for a very busy week at work for BC this week, given the US regulators (PCAOB) coming in to review the audit he worked on this year…  So we soaked in some fun over the weekend.

We headed out Saturday morning for some breakfast and good coffee at a nearby cafe that we are in love with called Blossom.  This place does not disappoint…ever!  Then we were off to the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, a modern art museum full of paintings, prints, glass, porcelain, Dutch Blauw, and much more in a very unique building.  We were big fans of the beautiful and intricate glass section.  BC even watched the video of the glass blowers a few times…  There is also another famous art museum in The Hague undergoing renovations, so their collection of more historic art by famous Dutch artists were on display as well.  Here are a few photos from our exploring at the museum.

One room of the Delft Blauw exhibit.

One room of the Delft Blauw exhibit.

Really taking it in.

Really taking it in.

Memorizing how our formal dining table should look for future use.

Memorizing how our formal dining table should look for future use.

After an a fun-filled couple hours at the museum, we headed home for some more routine weekend activities, such as our menu planning and trip to the grocery store.  Then the highlight of the weekend…we were off to purchase an ‘oma fiets’ (grandma bicycle) for me!  We used a site that is kind of like the Dutch equivalent of Craig’s List to find a used bike that appeared to be in very good shape, had the needed lights and new tires…and we put in an offer.

Unfortunately, we didn’t realize at that point how far away the lady lived who was selling the bike…clear on the other side of The Hague.  After numerous jokes about how BC was going to just drop me off there and make me find my way home alone on my new bike, we decided it was best to take public transportation and wander back together.  So we purchased the bike and then walked it (other than the occasional test rides) all the way back to our apartment…which took about an hour!

Anyway – here it is in all of its glory:

There she is!

There she is!

A quick pose.

A quick pose.

BC giving it a try.

BC giving it a try.

So now I feel like I will fit in a bit more this Spring!

Sunday started with yet another trip to the lovely, IKEA.  This time we were shopping for some cheap frames for some of my artwork…so they don’t get damaged just laying around.  We also got a few things to make life easier while we are here…like mixing bowls, a whisk, bottles so we can have colder water and some baskets for (hopefully) putting away our winter hats/mittens/scarves!

Then we decided to get crazy and try to take our car to the car wash in Wassenar.  I think it is safe to say that back home BC’s car made a trip to the wash (and a specific one because it was the best) at least weekly.  However, our car here had YET to be washed since we have had it…slackers.

We had also heard rumors of a certain ice cream parlor in Wassenar that is said to be quite amazingly delicious.  I figured since we had come that far for a car wash, might as well hit up the ice cream too!  Let me just say that it was ridiculously awesome…potentially a new Sunday routine for us…  I took a picture of my cone, so you could all drool over it.

mmmmmmmmmmmmm

mmmmmmmmmmmmm

I told you.  My flavor selections were: 1. Cookies, 2. Nutella and 3. Dark Chocolate!  I think there were at least 6-8 runner-ups in flavors as well, so I owe it to myself to try them out some time.  I took a photo outside of this place to show you how packed it was for a 45-degree afternoon.  (Everyone is winter coats, but at least it is sunny.)

The line was out the door and down the street.

The line was out the door and down the street.

After we got back home, we decided to check out something I had found online called the “Home Made Market” in a neighborhood only about 10-15 min walk away.  For some reason, I was keeping my expectations high for this activity…although after the St. Patrick’s Day festival, BC’s expectations were low.  Luckily, it was a really great market!  The neighborhood looks like somewhere I will want to visit more frequently – a lot of quaint cafes, vintage & antique shops and bakeries.  And they were all represented at the market…lots of vintage and home made products for sale.  There were also several food vendors, a band playing, bar patios open, and even a live DJ (oh yeah).  Here are a few shots from the market:

An overview of some street vendors.

An overview of some street vendors.

Used books for sale!

Used books for sale!

Not the options that I'm used to from the DSM Famer's Market.

Not the options that I’m used to from the DSM Famer’s Market.

Even some pony rides for the kiddos.

Even some pony rides for the kiddos.

I will leave you with a happy thought that it might actually make it into the 60’s here this weekend!  FINGERS CROSSED!  I’m wanting more of these:

Street flowers.

Street flowers.

Happy Thursday to everyone!

Until next time,
-MK-

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