When I arrived in The Hague, one of the things I knew I needed to splurge on is a Museum Card. You pay a 1-time fee for a year of entry into a long list of museums all over Holland. Since the Mauritshuis is a 10 minute walk from where I stayed, I stopped by to check it out.
I am not usually into seeing art from The Golden Age, which is what Mauritshuis concentrates on. It was a beautiful home to get to see and goodness it was ornate! Every room was filled with paintings by Dutch artists. The most exciting to me was seeing the Rembrandts and Vermeer's The Girl with the Pearl Earring. She was obviously the main feature, so I was leery on whether or not I would like the painting in person. The minute I saw her, though, I was connected. I saw myself in her even though she is supposed to be an imaginary girl. I will be back in The Hague for the end of my trip and will definitely make a trip back to spend more time there. Crossing my fingers there are not as many tourists next time!