|President Obama and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in front of Rembrandt's Nightwatch. FYI, the painting is about 10 ft x 12 ft.|
Den Haag recently hosted the Nuclear Security Summit, a gathering of heads of state to discuss the security of nuclear material. NSS was founded by President Obama during his first term, so I think he felt obliged to come. Many other high level diplomats attended as well, so it was quite a logistical challenge for The Netherlands. FYI, North Korea and Iran did not attend.
|Access to the highway was blocked……really blocked.|
I rode my bike the 10 km to work and back those days. The weather was sunny and clear, albeit a little chilly. On the first day I passed several people scraping ice off their car windshields.
|Scenes from my bike ride. With our early spring, the trees were beautiful.|
|This guy was doing some early morning fishing. Notice the long pole. Very typical for fishing in the Dutch canals.|
|A typical Dutch drawbridge design. The counterweight on the left helps lift the bridge.|
|On the way home from work one day, there were a number of people waiting by the side of the road. Obviously someone important was about the go by so I stopped as well.|
|These folks were waiting across the road. I waited for 10 minutes but no one went by so I left.|
|I think the entire Dutch army was also mobilized.|
|The helicopters flew day and night.|