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We woke up on day 4 in Delft. With a few hours before museums opened, we explored more on foot.

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Then we took a short train ride to the Hague to visit the Mauritshuis Gallery. Beautiful building.

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Ceiling art:

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We saw more beautiful Flemish paintings:

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And this one is from an unknown Dutch artist, possibly Jan Mostaert. Joseph explaining the dreams of the baker and the cupbearer:

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This one is a Rembrandt portrait! Anatomy lesson of Dr Nicholas Tulp:

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Besides Rembrandt, we saw some works of other Dutch masters, like Jan Steen.

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And, of course, Vermeer. Here is his View of Delft:

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Do you see any similarities to my views of Delft from this morning?

This is one of his earliest paintings:

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And his most famous!

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Vermeer was the best part of the Mauritshuis, but I also liked these paintings of Brazil in the 17th century:

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And this really big painting of a cow:

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After all the beautiful paintings, it was back to Delft for a quick visit to the Prinsenhof.

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At the Prinsenhof we learned all about William of Orange, who was responsible for the Protestant revolution in the Netherlands, leading the crusade against Catholic Spain. He was assassinated in the Prinsenhof. You can still see the bullet holes.

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Then we picked up our luggage and boarded a train to our next hotel. It was in Haarlem, near the train station. Haarlem is super-close to Amsterdam, but accommodations are way cheaper there.

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With nothing planned in Haarlem, and favorable weather, we headed to the beach! Welcome to Zandvoort.

In 1910:

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In 2017:

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Relaxed for a while, then had dinner with really slow service, and returned to the hotel just as the sun was setting. Beautiful day!

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