She’s Here!

Across the lake from Mauritshis Den Haag, Netherlands July 30, 2014
Across the lake from Mauritshis
Den Haag, Netherlands
July 30, 2014

Den Haag.

The Hague.

Relaxing after a tourist filled day Den Haag, Netherlands   July 28, 2014
Relaxing after a tourist filled day
Den Haag, Netherlands July 28, 2014

A huge bonus stop on this trip. When planning the route, Ben sent a proposed itinerary with quite a few cities I’d never heard of listed. The Hague was one of these unknown cities.

So there must be some reason he wants to go there, right?

Google search….

No.

Way.

She’s there! In the Hague!

Lola Bikes and Coffee- two delights in one space Den Haag, Netherlands July 31, 2014
Lola Bikes and Coffee- two delights in one space
Den Haag, Netherlands
July 30, 2014

You mean it’s okay that I didn’t make it

to New York
or Georgia
or California

last year to see her?

Because Lord knows I tried.

The friendliest of friendly swans Den Haag, The Netherlands   July 29, 2014
The friendliest of friendly swans
Den Haag, The Netherlands July 29, 2014

You mean this girl that has traveled from Minnesota to Texas to Colorado with me,
That each of my math students asked me about for three years,
That caused so many to question, “Is that you?”
That so many students were horrified of because she was always watching them (with which I happily got to reply “Exactly the point” meaning they couldn’t get away with anything because someone was always watching them)

Blue Bici Baskets Den Haag, The Netherlands July 30, 2014
Blue Bici Baskets
Den Haag, The Netherlands
July 30, 2014

This girl, that had been sent to me by my dad in California because, despite having gone a while without seeing each other, she had reminded him of me.The young face surrounded in blue and gold (Go Lakers!) and who inspired a treasured gift of earrings and a necklace given to me by my lovely family after finishing my Master’s Degree…

This girl. She’s here. In The Hague!

And we got to see her.

A sculptor's remake of Ben's Vianden Castle experience Den Haag, The Netherlands   July 30, 2014
A sculptor’s remake of Ben’s Vianden Castle experience
Den Haag, The Netherlands July 30, 2014

This was an honest to goodness bucket list item, written down in a book years ago as a place I must go, a thing I must see.

She had traveled the world while her home underwent a two-year renovation, which had recently been completed and reopened on June 27, just one month before we would make our arrival in Den Haag.

Something Weird is Happening Here Den Haag, The Netherlands July 29, 2014
Something Strange Happened Here
Den Haag, The Netherlands
July 28, 2014

After realizing what this city held with its walls, a masterpiece crafted 349 years ago in 1665, known worldwide for her simple elegance and the dashing jewel tones of her clothing. She has been written about by many authors, most famously by Tracy Chevalier. She has been portrayed by Scarlett Johansson in cinemas and TV sets.

Mauritshuis just one month  since it's reopened after two years of closure! Den Haag, The Netherlands
Mauritshuis just one month since it’s reopened after two years of closure!
Den Haag, The Netherlands

She is truly most famous for one distinct detail- the focal point of her being.

There she is! Den Haag, The Netherlands July 29, 2014
There she is!
Den Haag, The Netherlands
July 29, 2014

A single earring.

A pearl earring.

The Girl With the Pearl Earring.

First glimpse of the masterpiece. The man in the foreground and his daughter created a stunning representation on paper. What a great idea! Den Haag, The Netherlands, July 29, 2014
First glimpse of the masterpiece. The man in the foreground and his daughter created a stunning representation on paper. What a great idea!
Den Haag, The Netherlands, July 29, 2014

And she is here.

In The Hague.

Den Haag.

Yay! The Girl With the Pearl Earring Mauitshuis, Den Haag, Netherlands   July 29, 2014
Yay! The Girl With the Pearl Earring
Mauritshuis, Den Haag, Netherlands July 29, 2014
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