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May 27, 2020

Red Brick Delight…

The red bricks of “Den Haag (The Hague) Hollandspoor Station“, (a.k.a. Den Haag HS) seem to change colour depending on the weather  above the high covered platform. Intense sunlight or passing clouds bring out the warm tones and shadows which for me at least, give character to the brick texture and shapes.

I took these photographs on “Monumentendag” 2019, which is where many churches, Government and historic buildings are open to the public for one or two days of the Monumentendag weekend.

More history from Wikipedia:  “Station Den Haag HS” tells us: “Train line 1 has been open for public transport since 1893, and the station has a Royal waiting room (with sculpture by Atelier Van den Bossche and Crevels) which is no longer in use. This typically 19th century waiting room has it’s own entrance/exit on the left of the main entrance.

In 1907, an extension was made for trains of the Hofsquare line opened in 1908 to Rotterdam Hofsquein and Scheveningen: two main tracks (tracks 7 and 8) and covered access from the street. In 1975, the end point of this line was moved to the new Central Station.

Track 8 was broken up before 1975, track 7 after that. In the mid 1990’s, the platform capping the former ZHESM tracks was also destroyed during renovation of the station. Electric trains came to the Hague HS from 1908, when the ZHESM service started to Rotterdam Hofsquare. In 1927 the train service was extended to Leiden and Rotterdam.

The station is located on the front of Station Square and on the back of the Waldorpstraat where the bust stops are located.  On the night of 14 to 15 October 1989 shortly after a restoration, fire broke out. The fire destroyed the platform building and part of platform cover 21. The building was later restored back to it’s historical state. In 2010 a thorough renovation of the monumental platform took place.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 26, 2020

A Station Platform…

Looking around Hollandspoor I saw that I would need some backup  research on the historical side of things… So Wikipedia “Den Haag Hollandspoor (HS) Train Station” tells us:

“Hollands Spoor opened on 6 December 1843, after the Amsterdam-Haarlem railway,  the oldest railway in the country, had been extended to The Hague.

This line was further extended to Rotterdam in 1847. At the time, the area was a grassland and belonged to the municipality of Rijswijk. Lacking the people to manage law enforcement around the station, Rijswijk ceded the land to the municipality of The Hague.

The railway station was named Holland Spoor, after the company which operated it, the “Hollandsche Ijzeren Spoorweg-Maatschappij.”  The original building, which was designed by Frederik Willem Conrad, was demolished in 1891 to make way for a Neo-Renaissance building designed by Dirk Margadant. 

In 1870, the rival company Nederlandsche Rhijnspoorweg-Maatschappij  opened a second main railway station in The Hague, Den Haag Rhijnspoor, on the newly constructed Gouda-Den Haag railway.  A railway connection between the two stations was constructed a year later.

This railway station was demolished in 1973, to make way for the Den Haag Centraal railway station.  As a result, The Hague has two main railway stations: Centraal Station and Hollands Spoor.

Trains from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and beyond (Brussels) tend to stop at The Hague HS, whereas trains from Utrecht and Eastern and North-Eastern directions (also by Leiden/Amsterdam Airport Schipol /Amsterdam) usually stop at Centraal Station. Several trains in southern direction serve both stations.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 25, 2020

Beautiful Twisting Iron…

Monumentendag” is where many churches, Government and historic buildings are open to the public for one or two days of the Monumentendag weekend. Here on the outside of Hollandspoor station, the detail continues, with beautiful wrought iron work, brick, and tiles. I took some of these photos when I arrived and some when I left, some were better from the first batch, some from the other. Stupidly I only had one photo of the very top by the clock.

The sun shining from behind the station made photography at the top difficult but above the clock in the first photo is a stone carved panel of a wheel with wings.  (There is even more detail above that but I couldn’t make it out and didn’t have my extra long telephoto lens with me.) The gem today has to be the stunning iron railing around the front veranda. I love it!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 24, 2020

Female Figures…

The facade of Hollandspoor station in The Hague is ornate and beautiful.
I couldn’t resist zooming in for a closer look.

The female figures hold various objects: The staff of Hermes Caduceus/Rod of Asclepius representing Medicine, the artists palette (the Arts), a book (Literature), a bee-hive and cog of a machine (Industry?), an anvil and hammer (Labour ?) a Cornucopia,  (Plenty/Abundance?).

These are the kind of details that you have to stop and discover, something that the rush and bustle of the train schedule doesn’t always allow.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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May 23, 2020

A Hollandspoor Full Frontal…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Monumentendag” where many churches, Government and historic buildings are open to the public for one or two days of the Monumentendag weekend. I have a folder full of various visits over several years, this one is to one of the two main train stations in the Hague: “Hollandspoor“. Now you might wonder what could be special enough to warrant an Open day in a train station? That little mystery will be answered very shortly, for the moment though, we need to start outside the station.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 22, 2020

When Sparks Began To Fly…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,Scheveningen,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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On our way home from our drive around the Westland we pass by a company who have thousands of wooden pallets inside their premises. I don’t know if this is one of the companies that used to annually supply and sponsor pallets to either Scheveningen or Duindorp where it’s been traditional to build pallet towers between Christmas and New Years, and then set fire to them on New Year Eve. Two years ago it all went wrong with the prevailing wind came in from the sea, coupled with a mega high tower and the proximity of the town of Scheveningen.

Sparks began to fly and fire brigades from all around the area were busy with dealing with small fires everywhere. It was literally raining sparks like snow, (worth a look for this alone) which looked impressive but sadly did a lot of damage. Other fall-out was the forced resignation of Pauline Krikke the mayor, who according to the News had been loathe to stop the event even when the weather report was seen to be unfavourable because she was afraid there would be unrest from local party-goers. (Oops!)

(Skip to 1 minute 10 seconds for the main part of this one…)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 21, 2020

These Houses Are A … Gift?

One of the most interesting things about the Westland is that all of the glasshouses are treated just like any other type of farm. Just as the farmer of livestock or cereal crops have their houses on the farm land, and so too do the growers of flowers, fruit and veggies in these glasshouses.

Like many regions of the Netherlands there is a “variation on a style” of home. Older homes tend to be very traditional, compact and box-like (I like to think of them as little gift boxes like the ones used to package hand-made chocolates when I see them, all is needed is the ribbon around it and bow on top!).

The newer houses tend to have a bit more space and are more “sprawling” (for Dutch standards that is), but that said, the last house in this post appears to be a new build but still adheres to the “little gift box” style of it’s ancestors.

There are other, private residences dotted around or between the glasshouse plots, either alone or in small groups. The homes that are unrelated to the glasshouse industry tend to be larger and very expensive because they are an easy commute to the Hague, Delft or Rotterdam, and enjoy a level of quietness, and space hard to find in the cities.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 20, 2020

For Perspective Drawing Practice…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS,WESTLAND (Zuid/South Holland) — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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This next section of the Westland, outside the Hague, near the Hoek van Holland, an area full of glasshouses where flowers and vegetables are grown both for export and the domestic market. I am not good at drawing buildings, so find that these more simplistic shapes help me to try and perfect my perspective drawings… or ok, more, only quick doodles at this point.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 19, 2020

The Sheer Scale Of Glass…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Google Maps)

Himself and I went for a short drive around the Westland on Sunday, not to get out of the car and do anything, but just to have a change of scenery of the four walls of home and to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.

Wikipedia: “Westland (municipality), Netherlands” tells us: “Westland was created on 1 January 2004 by a merger of the municipalities De Lier, ‘s-Gravenzande, Monster, Naaldwijk and Wateringen. These are also the names of five of the settlements in these municipalities.

The others are Heenweg, Honselersdijk, Kwintsheul, Maasdijk, Poeldijk, and Ter Heijde. Westland itself is not the name of a settlement or town, but rather of the region. The City hall is located in the middle of Westland, in Naaldwijk, the second largest settlement in Westland.

The town of Honselersdijk also possesses the largest Flower Auction, FloraHolland, which also has a location in Rijnsburg. This is a very important sector of the Westland economy. Flowers produced in Westland are sold all over the world.

Coastal towns are Ter Heijde (near Monster), Monster itself and ‘s-Gravenzande. These towns are popular with Germans and people from the Eastern Netherlands. It is not unknown for every holiday campsite to be fully booked with tourists. This is because of their relative proximity to the more popular Scheveningen

It’s not just flowers grown in the Westland glasshouses, but also vegetables, which end up in supermarkets all around the European region.

(photograph © Google Maps)

(Below): This close-up of the Westland, is a section that I zoomed in on from Google Maps, because it shows part of the nearby villages. This then gives a small idea of the scale of the surrounding glasshouses.

(photograph © Google Maps)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 18, 2020

Buildings In The Westland…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Every few weekends or so Himself and I go for a little drive. We don’t get out of the car, just enjoy the change of scenery and get out of the house for an hour or so. On this drive to the Westland, just outside of The Hague I photographed a house with an amazing tower.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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