Joe said that when his mother returned to the city, she found Den Haag dreary and drab. and I can see why.
that said, it is still pretty and quaint in places.
a little bit of colour to brighten an otherwise drab street
At times, I feel like a fish out of water, not sure why and for the first time since I arrived in Holland, I feel a need to re-centre my energies. Even this morning at breakfast, I felt 'different' to others. Many were business people on important business in the city, men in business suits with an air of 'distinguished' about them, women in black suits. I flounced in, in my colourful skirt and pixie energy and felt like a naughty little girl among stern grandparent.. afraid of using the wrong knife and fork! I wonder what the elderly gentleman thought when I licked yoghurt from my fingers?
After breakfast this morning, we set of to find where Joe was born. Crispijnstraat 16. A short 1 kilometre walk from our hotel. Past alot of footpath reconstruction and truthfully, a little depressing at first.
Finally finding the street which he had not seen for 55 years. He was really delighted to see it, it brought back many memories for him..
Back along the canal to find a little coffee shop for morning tea and then on to some Museums of art and history..
a lovely long walk around the city centre today, had us thinking that this city is very, very much like Melbourne.
for some reason, this shop reminded me of Diagon Alley from Harry Potter.. not sure why, but it did
There are lovely little cobblestone alley ways with quaint shops.
One that I did find was an antique shop full, absolutely full of Mother Mary statues. Oh my lord, I was in heaven. A big one for 250euros, had me wishing that I could buy her and post it home. But I will have to settle on a smaller one.. and rosary beads! A collection.. be still my heart!!
I wish I could transport her home, but sadly the postage cost would be more than the actual statue
We had a simple lunch in an eco store and after we went to an eco supermarket, where I was thrilled to find all kinds of organic fruit and other bits. I was in heaven, not having had fruit to eat since I left home except at breakfast. I have developed mouth ulcers, so I gathered some blueberries, almonds and bananas to help my poor immune system which is kinda shattered from all the sugar I have been eating. Some organic coconut oil as well as a homoeopathic remedy for mouth ulcers and I should be right!!
an organic, eco supermarket..
such is the life of a traveller, eating strange foods and often too much.. but oh how those croissants call my name every morning at breakfast time!!
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