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Take the Stairs

I have another environmental habit that could well help me keep fit.

But it has other benefits.

There’s a department store in the centre of the Hague which has an amazing feature that few people enjoy.

It’s also free.

The store was built in 1926 and the staircase is absolutely beautiful.

It’s from a chain called the Bijenkorf which means beehive.

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The staircase had stained glass windows that are amazing. By taking the stairs I’m not in need of electricity and it’s interesting.

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It has different themes on every floor. If you don’t walk you don’t see it. It’s as simple as that. An exquisite secret hiding in the heart of the city.

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The mirrors and the banisters all make it worth the thigh work.

When we found this staircase it increased my determination to checkout other staircases too.

How do you save energy out and about?

Have you found any hidden treasures when taking the stairs?

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22 comments on “Take the Stairs

  1. Emma Sarah Tennant
    January 18, 2015

    Beautiful stain glass artistry – I like the idea of making staircases more interesting to encourage people to climb them.

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  2. irenedesign2011
    January 18, 2015

    Beautiful glass art and interesting way to express the art 🙂

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  3. lindaswildlifegarden
    January 18, 2015

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    lovely post Liz

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  4. AnnetteM
    January 18, 2015

    Do you notice many people taking those stairs to look at the beautiful windows?
    What a find. I do try to take the stairs where possible as it is better for me, but haven’t come across anything very interesting so far.

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  5. Sam Pitzalis
    January 18, 2015

    Hi Lizzy, great blog, great post! Like when following Strandlopers you discover that walking (slow or fast) off the beaten track (elevator) opens the way to discover beauty, it’s a natural way that gives surprising rewards every single time. You never know beforehand but it will present itself.

    The energy is saveable also when walking up the stairs, we practice an efficient mix of body posture, breathing technique and mindset, and you know what: it’s most probably very close to the way in which hunter-gatherers walked. Fascinating and comforting to discover that we (still) have a natural way in our genes, in our system.

    Groetjes!

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    • lizard100
      January 18, 2015

      Hey Sammy! Beste wensen! LiZ!

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      • Sam Pitzalis
        January 19, 2015

        you too, Liz(zy) 🙂 – hope to see you on a next ‘edible plants walk’ or so

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  6. Unconfirmed Bachelorette
    January 18, 2015

    Girgeous–the glass and the woodwork.

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  7. Anne Lene
    January 18, 2015

    Beautiful! Wish more places would do this, to ecourage people to do starts, and look at artwork.

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    • lizard100
      January 18, 2015

      Its been like that for years. I hope they never change it.

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  8. Helen
    January 19, 2015

    A beautiful way to keep fit and reduce fossil fuel consumption.

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  9. peppergrass
    January 19, 2015

    Beautiful! Taking the stairs – and walking more often in general – helped me lose 40 pounds last year.

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  10. Sam Pitzalis
    January 19, 2015

    great, Peppergrass! it helps me to stay or become aware of litte ‘helpful’ things – yesterday the fact that when curling up the corners of your mouth (even when not happy, so just mechanically) your eyebows follow – waves everywhere in nature, like the a natural state 🙂

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  11. Kim in Fiji
    January 19, 2015

    How beautiful! Congrats for finding hte stairs, thank you for sharing.

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    • lizard100
      January 19, 2015

      They are very lovely. Its like a step back in time. Each floor has very different glass too.

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  12. Julia Davis-Coombs
    January 19, 2015

    I choose stairs versus lifts/escalators whenever feasible. And when out at the Grand Theatre (Swansea, UK), we always check out the (usually local) art displays via the spiral staircase. 🙂

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  13. suchled
    January 19, 2015

    Excellent. Thanks for the post and the pics. I’ll never get to see the Hague but I do get to see your blog.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Dana (@WantedAdventure)
    January 20, 2015

    What gorgeous windows!! Makes taking the stairs WAY better then standing inside a boring metal box 😀

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