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Gemeente Leiden

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  • Day107

    Augie's 22nd Birthday

    August 21 in the Netherlands

    Augie's 22nd Birthday. We rose a bit early and made our way to Café Winkle around the corner for appletart and cappuccinos. Nancy headed off for her last haircut at the local hairdresser while Augie set off to the hardware for a piece of coupling to fix the toilet flush mechanism.
    (Some birthday!)

    We then boarded the train for Haarlem to visit the Dolhuys Museum. The Dolhuys translates something close to 'crazy house'. It is in an old asylum and is set up to depict and challenge our present and historical assumptions of normalcy in society. Something mirroring my efforts in professional life. The exhibit was clearly done. The use of individual stories was powerful. It is worth a visit of one is seeking a bit of challenge in one's thinking in this regard. There is also an exhibition of Outsider Art in the building. The museum of Dr. Guislan in Gent was both more extensive and profound should one wish a more impacting challenge.
    A link to the museum site is here: https://www.hetdolhuys.nl/english-information/
    A link to the my photos from the visit is here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZxZm4p2uxjFT95Lz8
    A link to Guislan is here: http://www.museumdrguislain.be/en
    (Some birthday!)

    We then boarded the train to Leiden; a pretty university city near the coast to the north of den Haag. Nancy remarked that the city has a pleasant feeling of civility and a history that she appreciates. The Pilgrims set out from this town to board the Mayflower and begin the British effort toward the eradication of the native people of the Americas. The Spanish effort had been underway for almost a century before this tardy undertaking.
    (Some birthday!)

    Leiden is also somewhat unique in this part of the Netherlands as it sports a hill. We took some nice photos at the top. Granted it was a human compiled effort to defend the city, but a hill nonetheless. Besides, what room do I have to complain about fortifications as we hail from a country whose national sport seems to be war.
    (Some birthday!)

    We found Leiden to be so pleasant that we decided to forgo our plans to head on to den Haag for burgers at Ich Bin Ein Burger and track down a birthday dinner locally. We looked on the internet (free wifi throughout the town btw) and found just the place. We even stopped by to make sure that they served something other than burgers. Unfortunately they didn't open for an hour or so and we set off to explore more of the city. We walked the canals for some time before looking down on an idyllic looking floating restaurant on the banks of the Rhine. There was our mistake. We checked and burgers were on the menu. We ordered and were presented with two hamburgers that Augie described as having come from 'a public school cafeteria kitchen'. Augie later shared his observation that idyllic tourist oriented places don't usually have very good food. I later observed that if someone puts a similar plate of food in front of me in the future, I'm just going to get up and leave.
    (Some birthday)

    Actually all (most of) of this grousing is just part of preparing ourselves for a return to the States. I keep having to remind myself that there are places in the States that are similarly civilized and have a degree of social fabric still intact. We actually had a very nice time and Augie had a really nice birthday. At least as nice as the one spent watching 12 Years a Slave and listening to his mom and grandmother engage in a long discussion about where to spread Granny's ashes.
    (Now that was really some birthday!)

    This was a birthday spent sharing time, laughter, and experiences while traveling together with people we love. This is what really made it some birthday!
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    Happy Birthday, Bub!
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  • Day1

    Stop 1 : Leiden

    September 17, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Dry mostly warm day defeated gloomy forecasts. The morning until Delft spent in the company of fellow Brits, Andy and Jen.

    Walked through a carnival atmosphere in Voorsburg where many vintage cars and motorcycles were on display.

    Pressed on to Leiden where we lucky enough to be able to explore two working windmills - free on national mill day.

    B&B is self catering in a huge garden house. Thai for tea!
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  • Day9

    Leiden

    August 29, 2016 in the Netherlands

    Das schöne Städtchen Leiden.
    Als wir zum Bus zurückgingen, hatten wir eine Parkbusse... Anfängerfehler!
    Wir beglichen die Unkosten auf der Gemeinde und setzten unsere Fahrt fort.

  • Day3

    Tagesausflug nach Leiden

    August 8 in the Netherlands

    Eigentlich wollten wir heute mit einem Boot nach Leiden fahren. Da wir nicht reserviert hatten war leider kein Platz mehr für uns und so ging es dann doch mit dem Auto los. 🚙 Die Stadt ist wirklich schön, mit vielen Läden und Restaurants am Kanal. Das Highlight war allerdings der Blick von der Burg auf die Hooglandse Kerk.Read more

  • Day4

    Leiden

    September 27 in the Netherlands

    Leiden is a city on one of the branches of the Rhine. The first pic is over the city from the top of the man-made hill with a citadel on top that served as a refuge from floods and attack. There are canals like much of Holland. The garden pic is in an almshouse, social housing back in the day where the rich built houses for the poor. Then a statue of young Rembrandt in a park across from where his childhood home was located. Then a couple windmills: one old one still operating and a new grin milk build from original plans.Read more

  • Day4

    Pilgrims!

    September 27 in the Netherlands

    Before the Mayflower, many of my pilgrim ancestors fled Henry VIII for Holland. Most settled in Leiden. Here are a couple commemorative plaques, Pieterskerk (their church home while there), a museum of a house typical of where they would have lived and filled with memorabilia and information. Finally, the site where John Robinson's house was located across the street from Pieterskerk.Read more

  • Day1

    Angekommen in Leiden

    May 4 in the Netherlands

    So nach knapp drei Stunden sind wir in Leiden angekommen.
    Beim Check-In im Hotel waren trotz Reservierung nur 4 von 5 Personen im Hotel vermerkt..... Aber wir haben doch noch unsere 5. Person unter bekommen und das letzte Familienzimmer für drei von uns ergattert - auch wenn wir damit einen Teil des Personals überforderten
    ....
    Nachdem wir unsere Sachen im kleinen Zimmer abgeladen haben, sind wir in die Stadt gewandert.
    Nach einer kleinen Stärkung, ging es auf shopping Tour und danach auf Grachten Fahrt und dann gab's noch nen Bierchen bei traumhaften Wetter.

    Leiden ist eine total süße holländische Stadt und mit der Beschreibung klein Amsterdam trifft man es genau.
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