50 photos: Views around The Hague and the striking architecture of Rotterdam Centraal railway station

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

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:

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Waiting for the connection to The Hague.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Double decker train.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Inspired by Mondrian, the ROC Mondriaan Laak II school was made from prefabricated elements in Germany.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

The new Babylon Hotel Den Haag.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Bird sculpture.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Broken clock.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

A bike hangs on!

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Beautiful Art Nouveau signage.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Dangling trainers. Read more about this phenomenon here: The mystery of sneakers dangling on the power lines of New York.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Coins embedded in the pavement.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Al fresco dining area

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

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.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

I liked this dude.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Another piece of splendid signage!

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Neo Gothic church at Elandstraat.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Cyclists passing by my hotel window.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Bike on a stick.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

At the soundcheck.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Ornate ironwork.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Around the city at night.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Onstage pic!

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Deeelish!

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Getting the train to our next show in Paris.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Station official checking the timetable.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

View from the platform.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Cyclists in silhouette.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

Last views of Rotterdam Centraal.

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

In photos: A look around The Hague and the striking lines of Rotterdam Centraal

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