Visiting Leiden was the perfect antidote after celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam. My girls and I made our way to the city, arriving after a short, 45-minute train ride, and found ourselves at the heart of old Leiden.
My daughter Natasha is studying on a student exchange at Leiden University, the oldest in the Netherlands, established in 1575. The city’s large student population gives the area a vibrant energy.
A full day of lectures kept Natasha from joining us, so we explored the city without her as our guide. She did suggest we seek out the V&D department store for a great snapshot of the city from above. The top floor has a market-style restaurant with an outdoor terrace offering a wonderful view of Leiden in all directions.
With only one day in Leiden, we elected for a slow travel day. We wandered the historical centre taking in the 16th and 17th- century architecture and canals and occasionally ventured in the one-of-a-kind boutiques, interior design shops and unique second-hand stores.
Her school day done, in Dutch style and looking fashionable, Natasha cycled to meet up with us… as we relaxed in the sun at an outdoor cafe.
Here, she is about to park her bike at Leiden Centraal station before taking us to visit her flat and neighbourhood, only a 10-minute commute on her bike.
Yikes, I hope she finds it again.
Ginette and the girls
7 thoughts on “Leiden: A Quintessential Dutch Town”
Looks like you are having a wonderful time, Ginette, as witnessed by your photos. Indeed a beautiful old city. BTW, our daughter is named Natasha as well. –Curt
Curt, it was our first time travelling without Gord and what a wonderful girls trip we had. I’ll be posting more about our adventures once I narrow down my choices of 4000+ photos taken between the 4 of us:)
I get the 4000 photo bit. (laughing) It’s always the challenge. And the more interesting and beautiful the sight, the more photos that are taken. I’ll bet 1000 include you and your girls. 🙂 –Curt
1000 photos of us, that sounds about right…you know women pretty well:)
🙂 And family.
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