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On hearing that after today, the rain that we've already had too much of this summer (the latter part of July and the whole month of August have been unseasonally cool and wet) would return, I resolved to go to the beach and take my camera with me, to etch this last fine day into my memory.

I currently live about 20 minutes (by bike) from the beach. I've lived further away, though in my childhood and teens I lived much closer. These days, I don't often go there, and especially avoid it in high summer when it's full of tourists and daytrippers. Today, as there was quite a blustery headwind, and me being a lazy sort of cyclist, I left my bike in the new multi-storey bike park at the station and took the tram from there. Have you ever seen a multi-storey bike park? It looks just like a multi-storey car park, except inside, there's nothing but bikes!

I arrived at the seafront boulevard around 11am, and it being a Monday and off-season, looked just the way I like it best: empty.

I then decided to follow along the beach a bit further and strike into the dunes at Meijendel, an area of dune I know particularly well from school outings, as it is where most of The Hague's tap water comes from (unlike Rotterdam e.g., that takes its water from the Meuse and has an awful taste, The Hague gets its water from the dune lakes, filtered through the sand, crystal clear and refreshing). The structures you see in the last two photos are German bunkers, built in the Second World War as part of their Atlantik Wall defense system.

Actually, I think this is enough for now. I'll post the rest of my pictures another day, because it's late and I'm a bit too pooped to sort through the rest of them now. Sea air, I've always found, makes sleepy.


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Sep. 6th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
Such beautiful picutres. I love the beach!
Sep. 6th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
Such beautiful picutres

Thank you! It was a great day for taking pictures, and I'm glad so many have turned out well.
Sep. 6th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Blue sky, ocean, lots of sand, gulls...

I can just imagine the sounds and smell. Thank you! It was definitely not beach weather here this weekend, except maybe yesterday afternoon, and even then it was a bit cool. And our beaches here are very different. Rockier, for sure. From you pictures I can feel the sand between my toes...

And...a multi-storey bike park? I've never seen that many bicycles together at one time except, maybe the Tour de France? :) But what I want to know is...how do you find your bicycle when it's time to go home??
Sep. 7th, 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
how do you find your bicycle when it's time to go home??

Well yes, that is the tricky bit. You'll just have to remember roughly what section you left it in, and hope it's still there when you return (bikes get stolen so easily).

And our beaches here are very different.

I can remember my bewilderment the first time my parents took me to a foreign beach and I had to wear shoes to protect my feet. I felt so sorry for the people who lived there all year round that their beach was full of rocks...yet I quickly learnt to appreciate it as it proved much easier to walk on. Our beaches may be lovely and sandy, but it's hard work toiling up them when you keep sinking in up to your ankles with every step.

Edited at 2010-09-07 07:44 am (UTC)
Sep. 6th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
You have had a lovely day. I'm guessing you're soon going to get the rain we've had today...
Sep. 7th, 2010 07:38 am (UTC)
It's here now...
Sep. 7th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
The sky is so vivid! Beautiful pictures.
Sep. 7th, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
I was struck by the amazingly vivid, intense blue of the sky as well. It seemed to be reflected in everything on the ground, too. Quite extraordinary.
Sep. 7th, 2010 08:58 am (UTC)
Love the concept of a multi-storey bike park.

And that's a nice beach. I hate crowded beaches, that looks perfect to me.
Sep. 7th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
At the height of summer, this particular stretch of beach is choc-a-bloc with people. It's only because the holidays are over now and the weather has been pretty much appalling for the last 6-7 weeks, that I thought it might be worthwhile to get over there yesterday...and I was right!
Sep. 7th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Beautiful photos. I love seaside scenes - or any with water around, but I'm really jealous of the bike park! I ride my bike locally but the main problem is that there isn't anywhere secure to leave your bike. If you're lucky, there's a metal railing or lamp post you can chain it to, but it's out in the weather and often where it could be stolen anyway without anyone particularly noticing.
Sep. 7th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
Having discovered the purpose-built (free!) bike park yesterday, I've now become a convert. Before, I used to plonk my bike anywhere I could find somewhere to chain it to, but now I'm happy to walk the extra few yards to leave it secure and dry in the multi-storey.
Sep. 7th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
I spent a few days in Scheveningen years ago, on holiday but not really there for the beach (I'm all about the museums, but the hotels in the Hague are pricier). It was so lovely to be able to wander along the beach in the evening - we were right down at the west end (south end?) near the warehouses etc so it was quite empty though it must have been summer holidays. Even then, it wasn't quite as beautiful as on this shining blue day. Thanks for sharing!

Sep. 7th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Scheveningen beach does tend to be busiest in the middle, where the Kurhaus hotel and casino and shopping mall are (and the Pier, which my father -when I was ickle- convinced me was a bridge to England in the process of being built, and I was dead excited about that); the south-western end (towards the harbour) and the northern stretch (where most of these pictures were taken) see far less traffic, thankfully.
Sep. 18th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, gorgeous pics! And what a fabulous idea for bike parking.
Sep. 18th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, the bike park is a definite plus!
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