Leiden

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Rijnsburger-1st photo opportunity upon leaving the Centraal station
I was pleasantly surprised by Leiden - a large academic city sandwiched between Amsterdam and Den Haag, situated near the coast. Birthplace to Rembrandt, many notable scientists & nobel prize winners, so as you can imagine there's an abundance of museums on offer here if that's your thing.

The city has a similar feel as places such as Amsterdam and Delft with the many canals running through the centre, along with the Old Rhine, which means one thing: boat trip time! Leiden has been a University town since 1575 and is twinned with Oxford - home to Englands oldest University. It was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday, we didn't see that many students, not as many as I thought anyhow, but we didn't venture much into the newer part and regular shopping streets.
Oude Vest


One good thing about this predominantly being known for a student town: cheap beer & eateries! At least that's what we thought til we ventured into the North End themed English pub, what a rip off! Who's gonna pay for 5 euros for a pint when you can go into a Dutch bar and sample local beers along with an array of gorgeous Belgian beers for half the price. How stupid do they think us foreigners are!! ;-)

Lunch was in the form of Italian from the Hotel Mayflower. Highly recommend this place. Absolutely divine large, thin crust pizza's from 5 Euros. I made the mistake of ordering a ham,pesto and mozzarella panini, though it was yummy it was on the small side and no side salad with it. My mouth was watering when everyone elses Pizzas arrived.

If like me you love a bit of shopping, there are many fabulous, independant shops down the quaint, cobbled streets around the Market Square and St Pieterskerk. A great city, well worth a visit.
Vikram says:
I loved this blog entry and the comment on "How stupid do they think us foreigners are"!
Posted on: Sep 19, 2009
Dr_Seuss says:
Yay!! for cheap beer, not that fussed about the food ;-)
Posted on: Sep 19, 2009
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Rijnsburger-1st photo opportunity …
Rijnsburger-1st photo opportunity…
Oude Vest
Oude Vest
Oude Vest
Oude Vest
Oude Vest
Oude Vest
Oude Vest
Oude Vest
Oude Vest
Oude Vest
Molen de Put - in fully working or…
Molen de Put - in fully working o…
North End English pub - wooo. Exto…
North End English pub - wooo. Ext…
Typically Dutch shaped building
Typically Dutch shaped building
Quaint looking French restaurant
Quaint looking French restaurant
Im a HUGE Metallica fan so had to…
I'm a HUGE Metallica fan so had t…
Lovely cobbled streets with indepe…
Lovely cobbled streets with indep…
Market square
Market square
Market square
Market square
St Pieters Kerk
St Pieters Kerk
Japanese style gardens
Japanese style gardens
Iron drawbridge with the Leiden cr…
Iron drawbridge with the Leiden c…
Molen de Put from afar
Molen de Put from afar
Molen de Put prior to our ascent
Molen de Put prior to our ascent
My fave pic inside the molen
My fave pic inside the molen
View from within the molen
View from within the molen
The 1st houseboat there is for sal…
The 1st houseboat there is for sa…
Nice drawbridge alongside the Mole…
Nice drawbridge alongside the Mol…
Getting up, close and personal to …
Getting up, close and personal to…
Looks like a gingerbread house, go…
Looks like a gingerbread house, g…
Oooh boat trip
Oooh boat trip
Quaint,olde worlde cobbled streets
Quaint,olde worlde cobbled streets
They kindly posed for us - thanks!
They kindly posed for us - thanks!
Yummy Pizza & Cappuccino from this…
Yummy Pizza & Cappuccino from thi…
Leiden
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