Advertising On Top • April Squares

Advertising on top of a building

I don’t see them that often anymore. These remnants of advertising ‘brands’ of a foregone era on top of buildings. A sense of nostalgia when advertising was still great.

On top of the wall • April Squares
On top of the wall • April Squares
Advertising on top of a building
Advertising on top of a building

For BeckyB.‘s April Squares challenge.

On Top of the Bollard • April Squares • Mid-Week Monochrome

On top of The Hague Bollard
On top of The Hague Bollard
On top of The Hague Bollard

Tourists in Amsterdam and the Hague notice them immediately, the bollards with the city emblem on top of them. For locals they’ve become a blind spot unless you’re trying to park your car that is. Whereas the bollards in Amsterdam are painted in burgundy red and have the city’s emblem of the three crosses near the top of them, in the Hague they are dark green. Which makes them all the harder to notice them when you’re backing into a parking space at night.

They are adorned with a stylized stork holding an eel in its mouth, the Hague’s emblem.

Where does this symbol come from?

According to this site the birds are the heraldic symbol for The Hague adopted, according to tradition, because so many white storks nested in the city in medieval times drawn by the rich pickings of the fish markets. Today the stork can be seen across the city on buildings, atop church spires and on a bewildering array of souvenirs and artworks.
If you’re really interested, On It’s Tall Legs and Looking Down It’s Nose: A History of The Hague’s Stork is a fascinating read.

On the front of The Hague's City Hall
On the front of The Hague’s City Hall

Joint submission for BeckyB.’s April Squares challenge and Brashley Photography’s Mid-Week Monochrome.

On Top of the Pedestal • April Squares

On top of the pedestal • April Squares

On Top of the Pedestal • April Squares

On top of the pedestal
On top of the pedestal

This statue on top of the pedestal is called the Player. It can be found on the Koningsplein in the Hague. Just opposite of one of my local’s, Sint Joris en de Draeck.

The pedestal dates back to 1999, when a precious statue stood on top of this box, but that didn’t survive the Dutch weather (I kid you not). If you want to know more about the Player’s background, this is where you need to click.

For BeckyB.‘s April Squares challenge.

On Top of the Pole, Forever • April Squares

Still flying proudly at top of the pole

On Top of the Pole, Forever • April Squares

Still flying proudly • April Squares
Still flying proudly

Despite a bit of wear and tear, this Catalonian flag is still flying proudly on top of the pole. The dream of an independent Catalunya is still very much alive ánd visible everywhere.

For BeckyB.‘s April Squares challenge.

Bad Moon Rising On Top of Things • April Squares

Bad Moon On Top Of Things • April Squares landscape

Bad Moon Rising On Top of Things • April Squares

Bad Moon On Top Of Things • April Squares
Bad Moon Rising On Top Of Things • April Squares

Me? Superstitious? I guess you’re right, but on top of everything I had a bad feeling when I saw this bad moon rising.

CCR • Bad Moon Rising

For BeckyB.‘s April Squares challenge.