Photo Story: Old Den Haag
"I can't even begin to imagine how many people have walked on these cobbles and no idea what sits behind that door."
It's been quite some time since I last wrote a blog, and that's had a lot to do with poor weather for taking any new photos and other things I have been busy with lately, including organising a house move...so I thought I'd look through my back catalogue and see if there are any gems hiding away!
It's probably almost two years since I took this photo at the Binnenhof. I'd made several attempts to take photos here - there's something captivating about that symmetric old architecture that cries out to be photographed, and yet doesn't always capture as well as you'd like it to!
I seem to recall spending quite some time waiting for the area to be free of people before I could get this shot. In case you didn't know, this is just about the oldest part of The Hague that there is. As I understand it, this building (now part of the Dutch government) was the first bit of the city to exist.
The building, next to a beautiful and iconic lake and the Mauritshuis (equally as old) has so many stories to tell of kings, queens and even British monarchs. If you visit The Hague Historical Museum nearby, you'll even see paintings of it in the 1600s looking pretty much exactly the same as it does now.
I can't even begin to imagine how many people have walked on these cobbles and no idea what sits behind that door. There is something about it that reminds me of those ancient moorish buildings of southern Spain 😊
Another thing that really amazes me about ancient architecture such as this is how many wars they have survived and how many historical events they have witnessed...the walls could tell many stories, I am sure.
The best thing about looking through my backlog of photos is remembering the good memories of scoping out the shots I want to take. That's actually a big part of the fun in photography. Nothing compares to getting a really great shot and knowing that you have, but the actual going out and trying is all part of the enjoyment of it!
While I can't exactly remember the events of this day, I dare say I probably crossed the road to a coffee place I like a lot called Home Town Coffee nearby shortly after taking this photo 😁
Perhaps I'll take some more photos here in the future and be inspired to try something different and creative!