Here are some nice random photos of the city of Leiden in the Netherlands, where we live. Leiden is the birthplace of Rembrandt van Rijn and has the oldest university in the country. There are lots of canals, church spires, narrow alleys, and monumental buildings.
Onze Lieve Vrouw Hemelvaart en Sint Joseph church on Herensingel, which is part of the singel (moat) that circles around the historic center of Leiden
Oude Vest canal as seen from Klokpoort
Van der Werfstraat, which runs parallel to the main shopping street Haarlemmerstraat
Haarlemmerstraat, the main shopping street of Leiden. The shops here are open Monday to Saturday during regular hours, Thursday evening and every last Sunday of the month
Pieterskerk, founded in 1121 as the Counts’ chapel dedicated to the Apostles Peter and Paul.
Nieuwstraat, with the city library on the right. The yellow gate leads to the old Burcht, or the Leiden Castle, which dates back to the 12th century.
A view on the terrace of Annie’s Verjaardag in the center of town.
Barges are brought in to the canals in the city to make extra space for terraces of bars in the summer. This is Nieuwe Rijn.
Leiden’s City Hall.
A view on Beestenmarkt from Blauwpoortshaven.