I had a few more things I wanted to add to today’s blog for Monday June 13th besides what I posted from this morning.
My day started with a great breakfast…as I told you earlier …it was a rainy gray oatmeal-sky-filled morning…I made my way to the Mauritshuis (pronounced MAU-ritz-house) museum to see the famous “Girl with the Pearl Earring” painting by Vermeer which hangs alongside masterpieces by Rembrandt, Jan Steen and many other great Dutch Masters.
The Fabritius painting of “The Goldfinch” (made famous by the Donna Tartt novel of the same name) is there and also “The Bull” by Paulus Potter, which is one of the first lifesize realistic paintings done in the 1600s.
Flowers were a favorite subject in the 17th Century paintings. Their popularity is easy to understand…Beauty and Color. Flowers are the most attractive members of the plant world.
After waiting in the rain watching people come and go, I stopped two well-dressed women and asked them what time the museum opened and they informed me that it was Monday and so it did not open til 1PM…
Wow…so I decided I would just walk to the Schevenigen beach about 3 kilometers from where I was.
Day facts: Dag Haag train station was built in 1880. Wow…
Fun strange fact: The Hague (a big city) has almost 90% of all the Dutch people.
By the way, very high marks to the intelligent helpful workers at the VVV Visitor’s Center – Tourist Information. Lorrairr and Robin, such nice folks who helped me find a hostel for a few nights so I could visit their lovely hometown. This place is very clean and safe, equal to any 4 star Hotel in my book. Oh…could use some towels… I’m pretty easy to please…
Tomorrow I will be walking to the village of “Delft.” 9.7 miles (15.6 km) seems reasonable. I have been averaging 9-14 miles a day, so 9.7 miles seems doable. It’s supposed to rain for a few days…and a bit chilly…I will play it by ear.
By the end of this day (9:30 p.m.) I took 19,706 steps and logged 8.09 miles, which is a bit low for me on this trip…seems OK. (Yes, you guessed it, I am wearing a FitBit.)
Again, Happy Birthday Emerson…Be safe and Well!