Fabulous Friday: A Walk in The Hague


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I love walking in cities. And though I have walked The Hague countless times, I still like it. A lot. Whereas Amsterdam has its canals and in many places oozes a medieval feel, The Hague has a many places that remindus of a colonial past.

One of the many reminders of times gone by is the Louis Couperus museum, which is devoted to life and works of the famous Dutch author.
Louis Couperus (1863-1923) is arguably the greatest Dutch novelist. He made his name at home and in the English speaking countries with psychological novels such as The books of the small souls, The hidden force and Old people and the things that pass. 

He and his travelled wife travelled extensively, but foremost, he was a ‘Hagenaar’: someone who was born and bred in The Hague.

f read his book The hidden Force when I was a teenager, and it made a lasting impression on me: the Dutch in Indonesia, the forces they did not understand, how they tried to maintain a European lifestyle in a tropical country. A marriage with many twists and plots. It is one of the great novels of the colonial era.

After I passed the museum, there was coffee in Hotel Des Indes (Hotel of the Indies), where many Dutch stayed during a visit to their home country. I love it! It is beautifully furnished, offers great service and perfect coffee! A great time to show off my dress by Dutch designer Michael Barnaert.

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