The Hague ‘portiek’

I couldn’t find a proper translation for the Dutch word ‘portiek’. It is usually translated as ‘porch’, ‘portico’ or ‘veranda’, but that is something of an extension to a building. A ‘portiek’ is a community stairwell used by inhabitants to reach their apartment. There are many of them in The Hague, build inwards like a shelter, probably due to the awful Dutch weather. From outside sparse light bounces against the stairs.

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I couldn’t find a proper translation for the Dutch word ‘portiek’. It is usually translated as ‘porch’, ‘portico’ or ‘veranda’, but that is something of an extension to a building. A ‘portiek’ is a community stairwell used by inhabitants to reach their apartment. There are many of them in The Hague, build inwards like a shelter, probably due to the awful Dutch weather. From outside sparse light bounces against the stairs.

 

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Ordinary beans

The beans are ready to be cut.

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The beans are ready to be cut.

Little bird on breast

At a spectacular exhibition of ceramic artists Bertoni & Casoni in the museum Beelden aan Zee (Statues at sea), the detail of the little bird that keeps the clothing of the daffodil mowing Mary together, had a poetic power.

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At a spectacular exhibition of ceramic artists Bertoni & Casoni in the museum Beelden aan Zee, the detail of the little bird that keeps the clothing of the daffodil mowing Mary together, had a poetic power.

Painted by Rembrandt himself

Last week experts have concluded that a painting long-believed to have been painted by a student of Rembrandt is in fact a self portrait by the Dutch master. Suddenly the painting has an estimated nominal value of 30 million dollar.

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Last week experts have concluded that a painting long-believed to have been painted by a student of Rembrandt is in fact a self portrait by the Dutch master. Suddenly the painting has an estimated nominal value of 30 million dollar.

Raised beach

The beach at Scheveningen will be ready for the summer.

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The beach at Scheveningen will be ready for the summer.

Naked Saab

A cold wind was blowing up the cover of this classic car. It was an intimate moment.

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A cold wind was blowing up the cover of this classic car. It was an intimate moment.

Port of Scheveningen

This port is best known for the large number of good restaurants.

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This port is best known for the large number of good restaurants.