We did a lot of walking around the city and eventually ended up at the Peace Palace, which houses the U.N. International Court of Justice.
Which we wanted to see but they guard was like, "Ha ha, no" when we asked if we could go in. We showed up on the wrong day- Monday. So we left and walked down to the MC Escher museum. Also closed on Mondays. Dammit. Clearly I didn't plan this day trip well enough. We did have a very nice lunch at an old pub (used to be horse stables) where Dollar had some traditional Dutch veal croquettes (which I'm going to try making at home). We ended up at the Mauritshuis museum and saw a ton of wonderful, old Dutch paintings. Including this beauty:
Of course, the photo doesn't do it justice. I wonder sometimes what makes one painting so much "better" than other. It's all quite subjective but this painting was so beautiful. I had only one word: luminous. They had so many great paintings at this museum, I'm post going to post a bunch:
Rembrandt, self portrait, 1629:
Just a Vermeer, on loan to the museum from the Queen of England's private collection: