A university city since 1575, Leiden houses Leiden University, the oldest university of the Netherlands. The city has been one of Europe's most prominent scientific centres for more than four centuries. Modern scientific medical research and teaching started in the early 18th century in Leiden. Many important scientific discoveries have been made here, giving rise to Leiden’s motto: ‘City of Discoveries’. Leiden University boasts thirteen Nobel Prize winners.
Also, Rembrandt was born and educated in Leiden. The photo below was taken from the grounds of Rembrandt's family's home (the home no longer exists).
John Robinson, the Pilgrim's pastor up to the 1620 voyage, lived in this house.
Our neighborhood for the next 7 nights (we're in that apartment complex) - "living like locals huh."
Left photo below - it's Jacob last name Boat, and Cooper first name Mini, and a friend who's Bluish/Green today.
Right, Gerri on the square in Edam, which is dominated by a large humped bridge over the canal.
This town was all about the harbor, with many eateries, taverns, and recreational boats. Sailboats outnumbered most everything else, and especially those 100 years old and more, with the occasional modern copies of the same. We were here on the weekend so many boaters were doing their thing.
- a well preserved traditional fishing village on an island connected by a causeway.
After Marken, we returned to Amsterdam, picking up Hanna from the airport on our way. Tomorrow we begin touring Amsterdam itself with Hanna in tow.