Local Heart, Global Soul

June 6, 2020

Dressed To Impress…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It was “Monumentendag” 2019, a day (actually a weekend) where many churches, Government and historic buildings are (somewhat)open to the public.

I am taking advantage of this to visit the Queen’s/King’s Waiting room at Hollandspoor train station in the Hague.

After taking in the stunningly decorated exterior carved stone entrance that can be seen on the platform, small groups of visitors are ushered in bit by bit for a tour.

We may take photographs without flash, and since the first rooms we see are very dimly lit in order to protect the colour of the items inside it proved interesting to see what photographs turned out and which didn’t.

We enter directly into a large room which has another room off to the right hand side of it, but which is roped off.

There is a light in this alcove room but we had a strict time limit so I was in a hurry and my photographs there didn’t really work out.

Our guide tells us that this room is all about showing off the best artisans in the Netherlands, it’s all about display, an ostentatious preening where attention is sought in every corner of the room.

Visitors would be left in awe of that is effectively an exhibition, a showcase of Dutch talent. The wool was the best wool from the island of Texel for instance. This is a room dressed to impress.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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