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    Writings on the wall - Autumn song

    by ATLC Written Jul 26, 2003

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    LEIDEN WALL POETRY

    Chanson d'Automne

    Les sanglots longs
    Des violons
    De l'automne
    Blessent mon coeur
    D'une langueur
    Monotone

    Tous suffocant
    Et blême, quand
    Sonne l'heure
    Je me souviens
    Des jours anciens
    et je pleure;
    Et je m'en vais
    Au vent mauvais
    Qui m'emporte
    De ça delà,
    Pareil à la
    Feuille
    ...

    where the strong wind takes him..... that's not on the photo!
    Sorry.
    Found this one on the square in front of the Pieterskerk (St. Peter's church).

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    Writings on the wall - Arabian?

    by ATLC Written Jul 26, 2003

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    LEIDEN WALL POETRY

    Well, I can't even copy this one for you. You'll have to click to enlarge and if anyone can translate, I'll be happy to send you the larger image for a better look.

    This one found in the passageway from the Nieuwstraat, leading up to the 'Burcht' (Citadel).

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    Writings on the wall - Christophe Plantin

    by ATLC Written Jul 26, 2003

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    LEIDEN WALL POETRY

    After walking around Leiden a while, you notice poetry on the walls of houses. At first you see one or two, but after that you notice many more!
    Here's one:

    By Christophle Plantin (1520-1589)

    Sonnet
    Le Bonheur de ce monde

    A Voir une maison commode, propre & belle,
    Un jarding rapissé d'efpaliers odorans,
    Des fruits, d'excellent vin, peu de train, peu d'enfans,
    Posseder seul, sans bruit, une femme fidéle.

    N'avoir dettes, amour, ni procés, ni querelle,
    Ni de partage à faire avecque ses parens
    Se contenter un peu, n'espérer rien des Grands,
    Régler tous ses desseins sur un juste modéle.

    Vivre avecque franchise & sans ambition,
    S'adonner sans scrupule à la dévotion,
    Domter ses passions, les rendre obéissantes.

    Conserver l'esprit libre, & le jugement fort,
    Dire son Chapelet en cultivant ses entes,
    C'est attendre chez soi bien doucement la mort.

    (corner Kaasmarkt/Hooigracht)

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    This is the so-called...

    by beluga Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    This is the so-called 'peurbakken-tocht', a mid-summer local event in the city of Leiden. People get dressed up, decorate their boat and steer their boats through Leiden's inner city canals. The fraternity level of this event is rather high .... and yes that is a pretty big Glenfidich bottle cover in that boat.

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  • LeiderdorpLocated just...

    by Aphrodite21 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Leiderdorp

    Located just outside of Leiden, this town also goes way back. I stayed here for several days with family. When the name Leithon was adopted, it actually came from a group of farmsteads which were located where Leiderdorp is now. So this town goes way back. There is not much to do especially with Leiden being so close by but it's still a nice quiet town. I also read in a book that they've found Roman artifacts although when I asked my family, they had never heard about that. I still enjoyed my time there nonetheless.

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    Visit the many Hofjes...

    by carolineraat Written Sep 5, 2002

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    Visit the many Hofjes (courtyards or almshouses) of Leiden. There are over 30 of them. They are beautiful historic places with lots of green. Here you can see a recent 'discovery', the Tevelingshofje.

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    Make a friend or two!

    by garridogal Written Oct 14, 2006

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    The canals of Leiden are full of ducks, swans and coots. How could we resist sharing some of our snacks?

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    Keep 'em guessing

    by garridogal Written Oct 4, 2006

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    But.....does he LIKE like me?

    Okay, I just HAD to pose with this bust when I saw it. However, the best part of this picture is the face of the man to my right!

    I wonder if he thinks I'm forward....?

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    Wandering around through ancient streets

    by eiskje Written Nov 20, 2005

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    Leiden is beautiful around dusk, you can wander around, take a look at the brightly lit windows and dream of what it looked like a 100 or 200 years ago.

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    Don't be shy!

    by garridogal Written Oct 22, 2005

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    Sometimes the folks we meet in other countries can seem distant, aloof and kind of stiff. But don't let that stop you from just getting out there and mingling!

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    Oude Rijn

    by carolineraat Updated Sep 15, 2005

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    De Oude Rijn is one of the arms of the Rhine river, that meet in the middle of the city. There are many shops and terraces, even on the water.

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    Looking for that one of kind gift?

    by garridogal Updated Dec 14, 2004

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    Coochi coochie freakie...

    I guess that this store sells models for artists to use since there are so many artists' studios in Leiden. Otherwise, I'm stumped.

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    The singels of Leiden are...

    by carolineraat Written Sep 5, 2002

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    The singels of Leiden are lovely pieces of green with beautiful stately houses from the 19th century.

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    This is one of the canals in...

    by carolineraat Written Sep 5, 2002

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    This is one of the canals in Leiden that is more remote from the station and the shopping streets and therefore more calm.

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    The village of Zoeterwoude...

    by carolineraat Written Sep 5, 2002

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    The village of Zoeterwoude near Leiden is ideal for biking. You can see many old farmhouses and dutch landscapes here.

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