Leiden: University, Garden, and sea

During my short visit to the Netherlands, I had a chance to spend some time in Leiden and its suburbs Katwijk.

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Katwijk is a small town just 15 minutes away by bus from Leiden.

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It is situated at the coast of the North Sea,

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Sea is always beautiful, even in nasty weather.

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Leiden’s railway station connects the town by rail with Amsterdam.

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Walking along Stationsweg early in the morning.

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Leiden is a small town known for its old architecture, canals, bridges, and windmills.

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Morning lights and quietness along the Steenschuur canal created a mystical atmosphere.

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Good morning, Leiden.

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A small side street opposite the Botanical Garden.

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Arrived at the Leiden University.

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Campus area. Leiden University is the oldest in the country, dating from 1575.

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Charming rainy street.

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At the entrance of Leiden Botanical Garden, the oldest botanical garden of the Netherlands.

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The Garden is full of visitors despite the cold weather. I stopped my exploration here due to lack of time.

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Amsterdam (2): public library, ferry, and North

Continuing a one-day exploration of Amsterdam end of October.

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The Oosterpark is a chill out place.

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Although honestly, I like Singapore’s parks more :).

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Amsterdam is perfect for cycling. They says there are more bicycles in the Netherlands than people.

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NEMO Science Museum at the Oosterdok.

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Amsterdam Central Library – a public library with an automated lending and returning of books.

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Inside the library.

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From Amsterdam-Centrum to Amsterdam-Noord: taking a free public ferry across the river IJ.

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People bring their bikes and motorcycles on board.

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The central railway station: view from behind.

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Views on the other side.

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This colour stands out in the rainy weather.

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A peaceful forest setting in northern Amsterdam.

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What a twist of fate: I found the location of the company (Albemarle) I used to work for from Budapest.

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What can I say? A nation of cyclists!

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Goodbye, Amsterdam!

Amsterdam (1): bikes, canals, and golden autumn

Welcome to Amsterdam!

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There is a piano right in the foyer of the Central railway station. Great idea.

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Amsterdam  Centraal looks like a cathedral from the outside. It is quite a contrast from the backside – modern and functional.

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Narrow streets on a rainy morning.

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It’s hard to resist a croissant with late in this weather.

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Time to explore the city by the most popular mode of transportainon – bicycle.

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Amsterdam is famous for its intricate network of canals.

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Very beautiful, calm, and romantic.

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Arrived in Vondelpark. I haven’t seen autumn in a while. Marvelous golden leaves were everywhere. 

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A cyclist’s shadow in the leaf carpet (mine).

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The rising sun brings warmth on a cold October day.

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Riding through gold.

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A lift bridge across the canal to pass the boats through.

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Sun over the water.

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It’s very common to see houses very close to the water.

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Cute white pedestrian bridges in a residential area.

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Cruising through a local market.