Netherlands
Leiden

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  • Day27

    Lovely Leiden

    August 17 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Leiden was a pleasant surprise. A smaller town between Amsterdam and The Hauge, it is very pretty, very Dutch, very old yet very modern.

    Everybody rides bikes everywhere. Whether going to the station, going to the supermarket, going to work, going out for dinner or just going out with friends, you go out on your bike.

    Except for one meal that was a poor choice, our meals here were very good, some of our best so far.

    We even found a hill in Leiden, perhaps the biggest hill in Holland, though it was man-made about 900 years ago, I say about because it took about 100 years to build, and then they built a castle on it.
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  • Day2

    Noordwijk und Leiden

    June 16 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Heute haben wir holländisch gefrühstückt (Toast und Schokostreusel) und sind direkt los zum Strand nach Noordwijk. Der ist wirklich endlos und auch der Ort ist ganz nett, wenn auch etwas verbaut. Leider hat die Sonne ein bisschen auf sich warten lassen.

    Die Weiterfahrt nach Leiden haben die Jungs für ein Nickerchen genutzt. Da haben wir dann kulinarisch auf holländisch weitergemacht und süße Pannekoeken gefuttert. Leiden ist übrigens eine tolle Stadt mit vielen kleinen Kanälen, Geschäften und Restaurants. Empfehlenswert für einen Wochenendtrip.

    Den Tag haben wir am Strand von Wassenaar mit Pommes, Frikandel und Heineken für Mama abgeschlossen. Victor liebt das Meer und kann stundenlang in den Wellen tanzen und springen:-) Jetzt liegen alle müde im Bett.
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  • Day107

    Augie's 22nd Birthday

    August 21, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    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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  • Day9

    Leiden

    August 29, 2016 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    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.

  • Day9

    Kevin

    August 29, 2016 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Wir trafen Kevin in Leiden und gaben ihm seine Sachen, die wir für ihn mitgenommen haben. 👍🏻

  • Day1

    Stop 1 : Leiden

    September 17, 2017 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    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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  • Day3

    Tagesausflug nach Leiden

    August 8, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    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

  • Day1

    Angekommen in Leiden

    May 4, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    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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You might also know this place by the following names:

Leiden, لايدن, لايدين, Горад Лейдэн, Лайден, লাইডেন, Лейден, Λέιντεν, لیدن, Leyde, Leien, ליידן, Լեյդեն, Leida, ライデン, ლეიდენი, 레이던, Lugdunum Batavorum, Leie, Leidenas, Leidene, Lèida, Lejda, Lejdeni, Лајден, லைடன், ไลเดิน, لائڈن, 莱顿

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