Leiden is a lovely small city. In these warmer days there are flowers on the bridges, people in the cafes, bikes about.
I came upon this scene as we biked through town. It’s festive, and somehow cozy despite being outdoors. Watercolors, ink.
In de Hoef. We stayed here three days. and this was our view. Well the cow was not always on the bridge. Sometimes there were more of them too.
Bodegraven is a small town on the Old Rhine/Oude Rijn. The Old Rhine is small and lazy, winding its way through the countryside. The old mill is restored and is now a bar serving its own brew, made in a larger facility just down the street. It was supposed to open on a Wednesday after being closed Monday and Tuesday but at midday it was still closed so we were unable to visit. A Peace Corps friend stayed in the town for several days. After seeing my post on Facebook she told me how good the beer was. Darn! Missed it!
The Old Rhine, Zwammerdam. This leads to a wildlife protected zone. In the other direction you get to Bodegraven, with its lovely harbor.