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Where I Live

Today was 'Where I Live Day': frimfram took the initiative to create a community, wild_photos, where we could all picspam each other with photos of our immediate surroundings and show everyone round our towns and villages. For those of you that missed my post in that community, here's the pictures I put up (sadly, the weather wasn't all that great today):



This is the apartment block I live in (second -or third, if you're American- floor on the left, behind the tree):
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Around the corner, a little park:
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and playgrond:
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One of the more interesting buildings in the neighbourhood. It used to be a stables, but has been converted into offices and shops recently:
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The International Court of Justice, aka the Peace Palace:
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and the Eternal Flame of Peace:
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The monument commemorating the establishment of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in 1815 (before that, we were a Republic, and before that, an amalgam of counties, duchies and bishoprics):
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The new Town Hall, built by Norman Foster, commonly referred to as the Ice Palace:
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The main shopping street in the town centre, recently pedestrianised:
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Your shops are probably all done up in Christmas decorations, but ours are still anticipating Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas Eve, Dec 5th):
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except there's a giant Christmas tree erected in the middle of De Passage, the 1887 version of a shopping mall:
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A typical The Hague street (Lange Voorhout):
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A group of statues, a version of Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch' in 3D:
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Paleis Noordeinde, one of the many Royal Palaces in The Hague, which the Queen uses mainly as her office:
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View towards the Houses of Parliament, dwarved by The Hague's recently built modern skyline:
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Outer Courtyard of the Houses of Parliament. The building in the middle is known as the Ridderzaal, or 'Knight's Hall', the only remaning part of the original 13th century castle of the Counts of Holland, and the reason the town sprang up where it did in the first place:
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In the 1930s, Dutch industrial design set the benchmark for design around the world. These are possibly the only two remaining public phone boxes designed by Van der Vlugt in the country:
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And we come back to the street where I live, as seen from my flat:
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josephine_64
Dec. 4th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
Now when you post, I can imagine you sitting in your flat and know where it is, well, sort of. Lovely pictures - thanks for sharing them.
gamiila
Dec. 4th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!

Hey! Weren't you going to sign up for wild_photos as well? I'd love to be able to picture you sat at your desk writing to the world at large...
josephine_64
Dec. 5th, 2005 06:53 am (UTC)
I didn't sign up, but I did put up some pictures in my journal. It was filtered to people who've been on my fl for a while, but you should have been able to see them.
gamiila
Dec. 5th, 2005 10:49 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry -- I should've checked before I opened my big mouth! It's just that I've had very little time at my computer recently, and missed your post. I'll look for it as soon as I get home tonight!
freakspawn
Dec. 5th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC)
lovely piccies! Nice idea too:) So have you managed to get yourself inside the Parliament building yet? Sounds amazing!
gamiila
Dec. 5th, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
Getting inside the parliament buildings is easy: there's a public gallery, and everyone has the right to plonk themselves down there (though I imagine that these days, there'll be some security measures in place).

Hee -- it's not a bad idea, actually. Maybe I will do just that some day!

I have been inside the Peace Palace several times though...they do guided tours of it, and the library is freely accessible anyway.
freakspawn
Dec. 5th, 2005 11:46 am (UTC)
Very cool! Let us know if you do:D
enigmaticblues
Dec. 6th, 2005 01:52 am (UTC)
Very cool! Thanks for sharing the photos!
gamiila
Dec. 6th, 2005 06:30 am (UTC)
My pleasure. Where I Live Day has not only ben a great success, it has also been an eye-opener: the world is such a beautiful, interesting and diverse place, and we, each and every one of us, are blessed to be in it. From Arizona to Estonia, from Ankara to Auckland, everyone's put up pictures taken on their route to work or to the shops and the result has been amazing: a picture book of the mundane and ordinary, yet very special at the same time.
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