We woke early, I packed up my now clean laundry (many thanks José) and once again boxed up a bunch of puzzles to ship home. Do you see a pattern here? We had breakfast, chatted a bit then jumped on the bikes and headed for Den Haag.
The first stop was the Escher museum. Amazing! I’ve seen some prints before, the classic ones of course, and I have the fish and lizards puzzles so I thought I knew all I needed to know. Nope! There were so many designs I had not seen before, and the portraits! Stunning work. José pointed out some drawings of Delft and the tower I but bumped down along with some other buildings he sketched.
From there we went to the peace palace. Now Rox is a little bit slow as we all know. José and I were talking about it on the ride to the building, and it suddenly dawned on me which Den Haag I was in. Oh my. What a fool I felt like. I studied history for many many years; have two degrees in the subject and was clueless about my location. (Maybe it’s a good thing I teach English now.)
They made a full day of this for me. Our next stop was the beach where we saw some cute statues of different fairy tales. Next and final stop was a mirror maze. I loved this. Found the door rather quickly, so Oskar had us go back through yet again. The second time around I got a bit confused but since I’m here now writing you know I made it out. I had to chuckle. I asked José if she had been in one of these things before. Her reply: “with my husband, yes!” As if I asked a stupid question. In hindsight, I did.
From there we made our way back to the house, and chatted some more before they brought me to the train station. I was sad to leave, but know I’ll be seeing them again in August.
Many sincere thanks to Oskar and José for a wonderful weekend. I had the most enjoyable time.
Next up: a visit to a puzzle palace!