My birth town from another perspective


Student for life
May 13, 2013
I was born and raised in Leiden, the Netherlands. My roots go back to the late 1500s in that city (and neighbouring leiderdorp). There is a lot of water in the old town, which is approximately 2 meters below sea water level. I have seen it a lot when I lived there. But I never looked at the city from a boat. A visit from old neighbours from our Princeton (NJ) days, brought a good excuse to take a boat ride through the canals. I must admit that it was very enjoyable, not only because one of my basketball buddies was the (voluntary) skipper, but also because I got totally different views. Herewith some photos I took.

The skipper (an "old" basketball buddy)

The old harbor (amongst others used for supplies and products of the textile industry back in the late 16th century):

The Astronomical Institute (Einstein was there):

View on the oldest part of the University, going back to 1575:

3 generations van de Werf Parc (the mayor during the Leiden Siege by the Spaniards):

Looking up and down:

One of the many old - and low - bridges:

Another view:

Having fun on the water:

Living on water:

Enjoying the view and the colors:


Student for life
May 13, 2013
I am pretty sure there are some bikes in the canals in Leiden.

Bridges can be low.

This one was shot at 1/4sec. I wanted to delete it but did not.

Our american friend had to duck a lot ;-)

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