Last month, I caught the Eurostar from London via Rotterdam to play a show in The Hague with The Monochrome Set. I was rather taken by both The Hague and Rotterdam’s splendidly modern Centraal Station, so here’s some photos:
Waiting for the connection to The Hague.
Double decker train.
Inspired by Mondrian, the ROC Mondriaan Laak II school was made from prefabricated elements in Germany.
The new Babylon Hotel Den Haag.
A bike hangs on!
Beautiful Art Nouveau signage.
Dangling trainers. Read more about this phenomenon here: The mystery of sneakers dangling on the power lines of New York.
Coins embedded in the pavement.
Al fresco dining area
Statue of William I, Prince of Orange in The Hague. Unveiled in 1848, the text on pedestal reads: “To Willem the First Prince of Orange Father of fatherland The grateful nation.”
You’ll note that he sports a natty ruff.
The ruff was worn by both men and women. Although Elizabeth wore large ruffs herself, a statute of 1580 forbade neckwear beyond a certain size. Members of the Ironmongers’ and Grocers’ companies were stationed at Bishopsgate to stop people with “monstrous ruffs” or excessively long cloaks and swords from entering the city. Offenders who refused to change their attire were arrested.
I liked this dude.
Another piece of splendid signage!
Neo Gothic church at Elandstraat.
Cyclists passing by my hotel window.
Bike on a stick.
At the soundcheck.
Around the city at night.
Getting the train to our next show in Paris.
Station official checking the timetable.
View from the platform.
Cyclists in silhouette.
Last views of Rotterdam Centraal.