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The citadel - they said it dates from 1100 ish, but it looks fairly compreensively restored to me!

We wanted to go to somewhere pretty, as well as the major cities, and Leiden is very close to Amsterdam, so it won.  Doug and I set off, Doug limping badly on the tendon he tore by wearing enormous rock boots with insufficient socks, and arrived in the sunshine.  This is looking like the last sunshine we might see in 2007, so it was a pretty nice morning.  Leiden is quite pretty, has a nice market, and a very small castle.

The very small castle is allegedly the 12th century citadel, and is on top of a very ancient mound.  Personally, I think the brick work looks just a little shiny for the 12th century, but I'm prepared to believe it.  The view from the citadel is very nice, with the added bonus that the plaques in the citadel explain what the nice domed church and the big cathedrally church are.  It also has one of the coolest benches I've ever seen, and when we went, enough frost on the railings to leave a thick coating on my sleeve where I brushed up against it.  Doug and I wandered past the shops and went to get a hot chocolate in a place called Einstein, which was very nice, and then we went to Amsterdam.  The fog rolled in.  The temperature dropped...

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The citadel - they said it dates f…
The citadel - they said it dates …
The dome of the Marekerk, the firs…
The dome of the Marekerk, the fir…
The market and town hall
The market and town hall
The church near the citadel
The church near the citadel
No idea, as it happens!
No idea, as it happens!
View of the church and old orphana…
View of the church and old orphan…
Nice.
Nice.
Leiden
photo by: dieforu