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Hall of Justice..."To make an omelete, youhave to break some eggs"

As is my unfortunate normal habit, I was up and about much earlier than intended on Saturday morning.  Being the adventurous traveler that I am, I decided to go on a Lion safari through the wild, untamed heart of Leeuwarden (Leeuw means Lion in Dutch).

I started in front of my hotel, the very pleasant Eden Oranje, directly across from the train station.  I worked my way up past the VVV and Gerechtsgebouw to the Wilhelminaplein where I passed on sampling the omelet.  Here you can find the Palais van Justitie (Lion sightings) and Zaailand as well as a farmer’s market.  Someone apparently dropped the eggs…they must have some gigantic chickens in Friesland…something else to be on the lookout for throughout the safari.

Oldehove and the Vrouwenpoort

From here I walked along the Nieuwestad over to the Westerplantage and Vrouwenpoort for some Frisian statues, passing boats, and an open drawbridge before returning to the most compelling sight in Leeuwarden – again, the Oldehove.

After taking in the incredible sight of this building, I wandered down Grote Kerkstraat until I reached…well…the Grote Kerk of course!  The square in front of the Grote Kerk (or Jacobijner Kerk) contains the old Jewish School of Leeuwarden and the memorial to the Jewish population of Leeuwarden liquidated during WWII…even in a peaceful city like there the finger of evil can be felt…

Walked along the Sacramentsstraat past the Orange Gate of the Grote Kerk, the old Synagogue and down to Amelandspijp with a glimpse of the Bonifatiuskerk and cool Centraal Apotheek building.

Grote Kerk
  Up Wortelhaven (Carrot Harbor???) and down Eewal past the Hotel het Anker to the triple squares of Gouverneursplein, Hofplein and Raadhuisplein with the Stadhuis, Parnas, Standbeeld ‘Us Heit’, and Stadhouderlijkhof.  Nearby is also the house of Mata Hari.

Finished up by with a quick stop past the Theater Romein, Waag and statue “Het Fryske Hynder” (Frisian Horse), Wilhelminaplein with its omelets, then a brief stop at Mercuriusplein with the fountain of Mercury where I had a brief bite for breakfast before heading back past the library, ice cream shop from the day before and back to the hotel.

Upon my arrival back in the hotel, I saw that I was under attack for my supposed “drunk driving” stop from the night before, plus the taunt from Jos about the lack of blogs from Day 1, so I took it upon myself to rectify both situations and decided to wait at the hotel until the others started to show up, with some posts and a blog to clear my name.

Hofplein

Around noon, just as I was finishing up my blog from Day 1, Alex and Jos arrived, with Ket and Jessica close behind.  Within minutes, we were joined by Marloes and Bart, Guido, Devika and Stijn, and the rest of those going to participate in or watch the kitesurfing (Wendy, Micky, Edwin).  I cannot speak for the kitesurfing, so we have to count on some good blogs on that event…

I went with Alex, Ket, Marloes and Bart for a quick lunch before we were to meet-up for the Praamsailing.  On the way back, we saw a Berenburger distillery…we were tempted give a quick taste, but decided to wait instead for the introduction by Wendy on Sunday.

Wendyveer says:
Shut up Alex..... hahaha grrrrrrr
Posted on: Aug 04, 2008
alex-b says:
Nice introduction, Brett!

Would Friesland count as an extra country for the country's visited map on TB? :D
Posted on: Aug 04, 2008
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Hall of Justice...To make an omel…
Hall of Justice..."To make an ome…
Oldehove and the Vrouwenpoort
Oldehove and the Vrouwenpoort
Grote Kerk
Grote Kerk
Hofplein
Hofplein
Leeuwarden station
Leeuwarden station
Eden Oranje Hotel
Eden Oranje Hotel
The tallest building in leeuwarden
The tallest building in leeuwarden
The people of Leeuwarden HATE this…
The people of Leeuwarden HATE thi…
Lion sighting #1
Lion sighting #1
The Frisian...
The Frisian...
Westerplantage
Westerplantage
Vrouwenpoort
Vrouwenpoort
Piet Paaltjens...
Piet Paaltjens...
Drawbridge of Vrouwenpoort
Drawbridge of Vrouwenpoort
Rowers and boats by the Vrouwenpoo…
Rowers and boats by the Vrouwenpo…
Vrouwenpoortsbrug
Vrouwenpoortsbrug
Oldehove
Oldehove
Windows at the entrance of Oldehove
Windows at the entrance of Oldehove
Pieter Jelles Troelstra
Pieter Jelles Troelstra
Oldehove in its glory
Oldehove in it's glory
Oldehove with its sponsorship bri…
Oldehove with it's sponsorship br…
Grotekerk
Grotekerk
Grotekerk
Grotekerk
Jewish School and monument
Jewish School and monument
Jewish Holocaust Monument
Jewish Holocaust Monument
Tree planted(?) by former Queen Ju…
Tree planted(?) by former Queen J…
This one speaks for itself...
This one speaks for itself...
Oranje Gate
Oranje Gate
Oranje Gate of the Grote Kerk
Oranje Gate of the Grote Kerk
Amelandspijp
Amelandspijp
Stadhuis
Stadhuis
Us Heij
Us Heij
Mata Hari House
Mata Hari House
Mata Hari House
Mata Hari House
Raadhuid
Raadhuid
Theater Romein
Theater Romein
Het Fryske Hynder
Het Fryske Hynder
Waag
Waag
The chickens were here
The chickens were here
Mercury Fountain
Mercury Fountain
Mercury Fountain
Mercury Fountain
Leeuwarden Library
Leeuwarden Library
Min 21 - Great Ice Cream
Min 21 - Great Ice Cream
Marloes and Bart
Marloes and Bart
Ket and Alex
Ket and Alex
Hot Chicken Wrap.  It actually was…
Hot Chicken Wrap. It actually wa…
Frisian Flag
Frisian Flag
Berenburg Distillery
Berenburg Distillery
PC at its highest...
PC at it's highest...
You should see him after he tried …
You should see him after he tried…
Leeuwarden
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