|Scheveningen then ...|
The cloudscape of South Holland is depicted in great detail. Here I'll cede to the descriptive powers of Russell Shorto: "tunnels and chasms and cathedrals and phantasmagoria of clouds, mounting the heights or furiously crosshatched by the force of an impending storm." Actually he was describing the skies of North Holland but you get the idea. Later that day I watched such an impending storm, then got drenched by it.
|... and now|
I'm sitting by the inner harbor of Scheveningen, a rectangular marina. Pleasure craft with names like Sun Odyssey and Luna Verde, yachts with tall masts. Moored along the opposite side are what look like fishing boats with tires hanging from the side of crimson hulls. It's a sunny breezy day and warm enough to remove my sweater. Checking the map I see that I'm by the canal that links the Eerste Haven (first harbor) and Tweede Haven (second harbor), which in turn leads to the Buitenhaven (outer harbor).
|Welcome to the fish palace.|
To get to the next harbor I had to circumnavigate the fish depot where, according to the owner of the restaurant Mero, local trawlers deposit sliptong (sole), cod and mackerel, all of which are served at his restaurant, which seems more like a bistro than a dining hall. Down the way is another fish shack, the Haring Huisje. Henk Kraan (opposite) is another unpretentious joint serving shrimp brochettes, shrimp salad, broodjes, etc. I have a paling (eel) sandwich (€4). It's a popular spot.
|Beach market day|
(Sunday, Apr 24)
|Seaside sculptures by the Canadian Tom Otterness|
|Den Haag - Kijkduin|
|The clouds part.|
|Aeriel view of the Zandmotor (looking south) at high tide|
The Zandmotor has formed a hook that extends northeast toward Klein Ockenburgh, protecting the waters from the open sea and providing excellent conditions for learning kiteboarding. The small lake that's formed in the middle of the sandbank is also a popular spot to practice this high-adrenaline sport.