The Hague The Peace Palace is one of the big draws to the Hague for visitors. A peace conference was initially proposed the by Tsar Nicholas II to prevent war which had become a costly business in the 19th century. After the first conference a permanent fixture evolved and needed a home. The Peace Palace … Continue reading Handcrafted World Peace and Porcelain: The Hague and Delft, Netherlands
Leiden, Netherlands: A Surprise Holiday!
Bitter winds brought low 50 temperatures. About 1 month ago, Hannah and I were sweating profusely in the Balkans in 90 degree temperatures. We bundled up to take in the city, enjoying the cooler than expected onset of Autumn. Leiden is a city where meandering is encouraged. It is very safe and has a quiet … Continue reading Leiden, Netherlands: A Surprise Holiday!
Amsterdam, Netherlands: A Haven of Tolerance
The Dutch, especially those in Amsterdam, are known for their tolerance. Certain activities considered nefarious in other parts of the world are tolerated, though not necessarily embraced in this city. The sharp, skunky smell of cannabis hit my nose with an eyebrow raising force as I walked beside one of the canals in the center … Continue reading Amsterdam, Netherlands: A Haven of Tolerance