During my short visit to the Netherlands, I had a chance to spend some time in Leiden and its suburbs Katwijk.
Katwijk is a small town just 15 minutes away by bus from Leiden.
It is situated at the coast of the North Sea,
Sea is always beautiful, even in nasty weather.
Leiden’s railway station connects the town by rail with Amsterdam.
Walking along Stationsweg early in the morning.
Leiden is a small town known for its old architecture, canals, bridges, and windmills.
Morning lights and quietness along the Steenschuur canal created a mystical atmosphere.
Good morning, Leiden.
A small side street opposite the Botanical Garden.
Arrived at the Leiden University.
Campus area. Leiden University is the oldest in the country, dating from 1575.
Charming rainy street.
At the entrance of Leiden Botanical Garden, the oldest botanical garden of the Netherlands.
The Garden is full of visitors despite the cold weather. I stopped my exploration here due to lack of time.
Continuing a one-day exploration of Amsterdam end of October.
The Oosterpark is a chill out place.
Although honestly, I like Singapore’s parks more :).
Amsterdam is perfect for cycling. They says there are more bicycles in the Netherlands than people.
NEMO Science Museum at the Oosterdok.
Amsterdam Central Library – a public library with an automated lending and returning of books.
Inside the library.
From Amsterdam-Centrum to Amsterdam-Noord: taking a free public ferry across the river IJ.
People bring their bikes and motorcycles on board.
The central railway station: view from behind.
Views on the other side.
This colour stands out in the rainy weather.
A peaceful forest setting in northern Amsterdam.
What a twist of fate: I found the location of the company (Albemarle) I used to work for from Budapest.
What can I say? A nation of cyclists!
Welcome to Amsterdam!
There is a piano right in the foyer of the Central railway station. Great idea.
Amsterdam Centraal looks like a cathedral from the outside. It is quite a contrast from the backside – modern and functional.
Narrow streets on a rainy morning.
It’s hard to resist a croissant with late in this weather.
Time to explore the city by the most popular mode of transportainon – bicycle.
Amsterdam is famous for its intricate network of canals.
Very beautiful, calm, and romantic.
Arrived in Vondelpark. I haven’t seen autumn in a while. Marvelous golden leaves were everywhere.
A cyclist’s shadow in the leaf carpet (mine).
The rising sun brings warmth on a cold October day.
Riding through gold.
A lift bridge across the canal to pass the boats through.
Sun over the water.
It’s very common to see houses very close to the water.
Cute white pedestrian bridges in a residential area.
Cruising through a local market.