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Had to visit the park in the centre of The Hague on my way to the coronatest station today.
The Palace Garden, formerly also known as the Princessetuin (Princess Garden, 1609), is a park between Noordeinde Palace and the Prinsessewal in The Hague.

In the garden are several buildings, including the Koninklijk Huisarchief (Royal Household Archive). The Koninklijke Stallen (Royal Stables) are accessible from the garden. The garden is largely open to the public from sunrise to sunset. The garden will only be closed if there are important guests at the palace.

In 1783, a balloon was launched from the Princess Garden for the first time in the Netherlands. Two years later, on July 12, 1785, a manned hot air balloon was launched for the first time, with balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard on board.

The garden continues to the Koninklijke Stallen (Royal Stables), the entrance of which is on the Hogewal. The eclectic Renaissance building with stables and coach houses around a rectangular courtyard was designed by H.P. Vogel and realized in the period 1876-1879.

View on the Royal Stables from the Paleistuin.

There are 80 corona test stations in the Netherlands. After the test one is obliged to wait for the results at home. That will be my third quarantine period, partly due to the visits to Venice. My brother died shortly after Easter as a result of this virus and I advise everyone to act safely and deal with fear realistically. And take care of each other.

The corona test station

Downtown The Hague

The Paleistuin is a garden downtown in The Hague.

Paleistuin Bloemen

It is a beautifull public place just behind the working office of our king and has a green field, kindergarten, a small rosarium and a shallow pond.


Just a few meters from the nice flowers, I get a grim reminder of the people who gathered here in the late 1980s. Happy times, but with a bad end.

Drawing Binnenhof

Tourists like to visit the Binnenhof. The Binnenhof (Inner Court) is a complex of buildings in the city centre. It houses the meeting place of both houses of the States General of the Netherlands, as well as the Ministry of General Affairs and the office of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. The first drawing of the Binnenhof dates from 1586 and 500 years later, drawings are still being made.

Sand sculpture

Three sand sculptures have been built on the forecourt of Escher in the Palace (Escher in het Paleis) at Lange Voorhout. It is not a competition like last year, but the world champion has made something beautiful.