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The Hague Sculpture
In the beginning of the summertime a series of sculptures will be put on the Lange Voorhout and remain there till the end of the summer, half of september. Is is very relaxing to stroll along this historic street under the trees and enjoy the modern sculptures. Each year a theme is choosen for the work of art that is exhibited. The theme of 2004 is 'Art the great communicator' because of the expansion of the EU with 10 countries. As a special part all the foreign ministers of the new European countries have been asked to make available a sculpture of an artist of their country.

Museum Mesdag
This museum is usually overlooked. People flock to see the Panorama Mesdag. But during his life Mesdag and his wife acquired a vast collection of paintings from dutch and french artists from the 19th century. And the museum is in the house where Mesdag and his wife lived and still breaths that atmosphere. It has a nice small garden where in summer you can sit and just relax a bit. Address: Laan van Meerdervoort 7F. The museum is opened from tuesday till sunday from 12 till 17 hours.

Rent a bicycle!
The best way to explore the wonderful dunes between The Hague and Katwijk is renting a bike. It is also a good way to find more quiet beaches. Take tram number 1 to Scheveningen and get out at tramstop Keizerstraat. Walk to the end of the street. Opposite the church you will find Du Nord Rijwielen (Keizerstraat 27), where they have a big choice of cheap and good bikes. Cycle to the north, follow the signs Katwijk and soon you wills see the Watertower. In front of this tower go to the left and you will find a long ccclepath that leads you all the way to Katwijk. But the path also leads to the nude beach: take the first path to the left up the hill. If you take the path to the right after about 3 kms, you will get to the former farm Meyendel. There you can visit a small exhibition about the dunes, a horse-stable and a playground for kids. There is also a terrace, where you can eat pancakes.

If it's raining and it is no weather for laying on the beach or enjoy the dunes, it can be a good opportunity to visit the spa resort next to the Kurhaus. Like most luxury Thermen they have saunas, steambath, infraredsauna, freezing rooms, swimming pool, hot wrilpools, herbal baths, and a beautycenter. But they also have salt baths with very concentrated sea salt and a rest room with very fine drops of seawater in the air. You can have a light dinner or salad in the restaurant on the sunny terrace. Kuur Thermen Vitalizee is next to the Kurhaus on the Boulevard of Scheveningen, Address: Strandweg 13f. Take tram number 1 or 9 to Scheveningen Noorderstrand and go out at tramstop Kurhaus. Walk a little back to the left and then towards the sea.

Edited bytijs on 28.06.2004

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