Gouda, Den Haag and Scheveningen
Trip Start Sep 22, 2007
29Trip End Oct 06, 2007
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We wander to the square and see the carnival rides packing up, and we see the weighing house, where in the seventeenth century (or earlier, I forget) they built a building for weighting cheese to be sold to reduce cheating and establishing standardized weights.
The Hague isn't far and we arrive there in less than half an hour. We wander around the city a bit, then head for the waterfront at Scheveningen. We park a little ways from the big pier and as we begin to walk toward the pier, we are hit by the worst wind/sand storm I have ever been caught in. Gary says he'll head back for the car and come pick us up. We slip into the leeward side of a booth where the wind can't slam us so hard, but as the wind eddies swept around the end of the building and slows, the sand the wind had been carrying in its ferocity drops from the air into our hair, eyes, and everywhere else. Eventually the car comes and we pile in, then drive closer to our destination.
The pier is OK. The wind is howling, breakers are pushing up the beach, and tourists are staying away in droves. We wander out onto the pier and eat a mediocre lunch there. Coming back to shore, we stop at a gelatto shop, purchase the yummy treats and sit down to eat, only to be told that we can't eat in the buliding
We decide to wander around the Centrum where some of the more interesting buildings are. We see tiny cars, big cars, a big church, and what I think is a palace (but it's a government centre) where we get our herring and take pictures. One fun thing we see on our way out of there is a glass tower full of Smart Cars. We had seen one of those in Athens, but I missed getting a picture of it, so I take a couple snap shots of the tower.
Overall, a good day. We get back to our hotel safely and eat our raw, onion coated herring. They aren't bad.