April 23, 2016
April 22, 2016
April 21, 2016
Continuing with yesterday’s post, last summer found us taking a ride in a historic tram.
In the last part of the trip we have just passed by the Hobbemaplein where the famous Haagse Markt can be found.
As the largest outdoor market in The Netherlands there has been a decades long tradition of how the look and feel of the market has been.
In the last year this changed with the city council decided that the open stalls should be replaced with covered ones, a move that infuriated stall holders.
The old system was a series of awnings that could be extended to exclude sun or rain, but the paths between and the area under the stalls was usually very wet every time it rained and customers risked standing in the wrong place if a wind gust caught an awning and dumped it’s freezing watery contents on passers-by.
Stall holders got snowed on as well as rained on and all in all it made rainy days at the market a lot less popular with patrons when compared with fine ones. I therefore assumed that restructuring the market so that each stall had a lock up area of it’s own and adding proper roofing to keep out the elements would be a popular move. Alas I was mistaken, apparently the stall holders, some of which run in generations of the same families did not want the atmosphere of the market destroyed, they took pride in the stand-in-all-weathers die hard way that things were done, and there was also some dispute about how the regeneration of the market would affect the prices of the trading licences.
For the customer it definitely seems cleaner and a lot less cold in winter, yes I do agree that the old ” feel” of the market will change, and whilst one side of me says that the old ways had a special charm, the other side of the argument is that no tradition can continue forever without requiring some refreshing of the way it operates from time to time to keep up with the times. Before my accident I loved to go to the market as often as I could, these days it’s Himself who makes semi regular visits.
I get some photographs of the market as the historic tram rounds the corner, but since the Market is only open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and it was a Sunday when we made this trip, everything was closed and the market was deserted. The lack of activity did however give us a chance to see some of the renovation work taking place. We continue past the market and arrive back at Het Haags Openbaar Vervoer Museum (the Hague Public Transport Museum) where the kids are delighted that the tram driver unlocks the back window and a box at the rear of the tram, sticks his head out of the window and proceeds to reverse the tram back into the museum. Other visitors are already waiting the departure of the afternoon tram… let’s look around…
April 13, 2016
Last summer we visited the Het Haags Openbaar Vervoer Museum (the Hague Public Transport Museum) with Little Mr. and two small neighbour friends. We have arrived just in time for our appointment with Tram Number 37. This is a historic tram that will shortly take us on tour of the city. Let’s take a look around this beautiful tram…
The ticket conductor clips the kids tickets…
April 12, 2016
During the Summer of 2015 Himself had clients who wanted urgent work out to complete a long project, with an almost certain prospect of sending him a larger quantity of work to follow, and I had medical appointments, so with the exception of two weeks, we had a “staycation” at home in The Hague.
Little Mr enjoyed playing on the street with neighbourhood friends, Kiwi Daughter was working at the beach so one Sunday we decided to check out the Het Haags Openbaar Vervoer Museum (The Hague Public Transport Museum).
Their location is also the site of the Stichting Haags Bus Museum (The Hague Bus Museum Foundation) and Parallelweg where a large Remise (Depot) is located.
(Remise is pronounced ” ram ees”) and is where the trams and busses sleep at night when not on duty.
All of the various Remise buildings are roughly one hundred years old so they are beautiful buildings in their own right. Parking on the busy Parallelweg is impossible since it is the main thoroughfare to Hollandspoor train station a little further on, so we had to so a little bit of searching for a car park. The entrance to the museum is on the corner of Ter Borchstraat and Parallelweg. If you are able bodied then it’s far easier to take one of the many trams that stop at the halt directly opposite the museum. It was very hot the day we visited, an excellent choice because it was really quiet, most people were away for their summer holidays, at the beach etc so we completely avoided the crowds.
We had booked tickets for the historic tram ride in advance, so Himself and I with Little Mr, and a sister and brother from a neighbours family found our way to where we needed to be. We were early and the sun was belting down so the shade in the museum entrance was most welcome. The kids found it amusing to have their photographs taken with a maniquin of a tram conductor… I hope the real tram conductors had better fitting uniforms than this poor fellow…