Maybe the Peace Palace and Dutch royalty put The Hague ‘on the map’ but Thank You Stanley & Livingstone speciality travel bookstore for getting The Hague ‘on the globe’.
As a major retailer of globes, the owners of Stanley & Livingstone were in good stead with the German globe manufacturer Columbus and gently but persistently asked if it wasn’t about time that The Hague got recognition. Well, peer pressure works, don’t you know, and now you can find ‘D.Haag’ on their globes next to those other cities (Amsterdam and Rott).
Alongside an impressive array of globes there are maps galore and travel guides, novels and travel stories. This shop will make any of us happy adventurers slightly giddy. Of course we can find anything we want online! Of course there are great city guide apps to help you discover the best places! But when you step into a shop as cute as this, it feels like you have entered a different era in which you find yourself surrounded by beautiful travel books and maps, an atmosphere in which the staff have a friendly ease and obvious expertise.
Go and pay for your treasure and instead of requesting the requisite additional 10cents for a plastic bag you’ll be asked if you want that book gift wrapped. I say get it gift wrapped! Then you’ll be taking home a carefully wrapped parcel complete with exotic postage stamp.
You can always visit the extensive web shop later anyway.