Leiden Off The Beaten Path

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    Writings on the wall -William Carlos Williams

    by ATLC Written Jul 26, 2003

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    By William Carlos Williams (1883-1965)

    RIPOSTE
    Love is like water or the air
    my townspeople
    it cleanses and dissipates evil gases
    it is like poetry, too
    and for the same reasons.

    Love is so precious
    my townspeople
    that if I were you I would
    have it under lock and key-
    like the air or the Atlantic
    or like poetry!

    Not sure where I found this one. Somewhere between Pieterskerk and Breestraat.

    LEIDEN WALL POETRY
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    Writings on the wall - Christophe Plantin

    by ATLC Written Jul 26, 2003

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    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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    Writings on the wall - Arabian?

    by ATLC Written Jul 26, 2003

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    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).

    LEIDEN WALL POETRY
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    Writings on the wall - Autumn song

    by ATLC Written Jul 26, 2003

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    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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    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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  • Beautiful panoramic view (free!) canals, buildings

    by jopke Updated Oct 25, 2007

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    You will enjoy a beautiful view from the topfloor of the department store V&D ( Vroom en Dreesman) in the centre, you will find there a restaurant 'La Place' with fresh food ( friendly priced, self service) and enjoy the beautiful panorama. In summer you can even sit outside!
    Enjoy the canals , Koornbrug , historic buildings etc.

    view from V&D department store
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    Nice Plaque. Wrong Location.

    by garridogal Updated Dec 27, 2004

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    Most of you probably know that Rembrandt was born in Leiden. However, did you know that his birth home was knocked down and built over ages ago and that this commemorative plaque isn't even in that location?

    Oops!

    He would be so proud...
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    Writings on the wall - Bernlef

    by ATLC Written Jan 5, 2005

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    Hij maakte de mens open
    Hij maakte de vogel open
    Vergeleek en zag dat het niet kon

    En toch; tule, riet, papier, taf,
    gaas, bombazijn dat door zijn vingers glijdt
    zijn vingers die een schaduw
    laten vliegen op de muur

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    Biblioteca Thysiana

    by Mique Written Feb 28, 2004

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    Public library that is founded in the 17th century out of a legacy. The interior and the book collection haven't much changed since that time but unfortunately it is not easy to see it. Entrance is only arranged via the university and then even for groups and on appointment only.

    And unfortunately standing on your toes and stare through the windows doesn't help much.. yes you can look inside (getting a few strange stares from fellow city-dwellers) but there isn't much to see on the ground floor...

    Biblioteca Thysiana
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    The Leiden Mummy

    by garridogal Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This lovely guy lives in the Pieterskerk in a lovely glass encasement outside the nave. Apparently he's a bit of a mystery as no one knows who he was and he was buried there after they stopped burying dead there. (Insert creepy music here...)

    Check out the website link here if you'd like to read a little more about it.

    Do you think he's got a stiff neck? What's he smiling about?
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    De Waag

    by Imaniac Written Feb 13, 2004

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    Every city in The Netherlands seems to have a local Weighing House. This is also the case in Leiden. It was built in 1657 by Pieter Post. Behind it is the butter hall.

    Nowadays the weighing house is used as an exhibition room for contemporary art.

    Weighing House Leiden

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    Poetry

    by Imaniac Written Feb 13, 2004

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    In many places in Leiden you can see a poem painted on the walls of houses. The one in the picture for instance is painted on a house behind the St Pieters Church. But there are many many more to see.

    Poetry inLeiden

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  • Walk, sit or paint at the old Groenesteeg cemetary

    by Renate999 Updated Nov 5, 2010

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    While the old catholic cemetary next to the Zijlpoort is still in use, the Groenesteeg cemetary is no longer. It is now popular with amateur painters and photographers but is also a lovely quiet place to stroll around. The cemetary dates from 1827 and was in use until 1975. In 1993 the old cemetary was restored to it's present state.

    The place is especially pretty in spring when all the flowers are in bloom, but as you can see from the pictures, it's worth a visit any other time of year, too!
    Groenesteeg cemetary website (Never mind if you can't read Dutch - just click on the last 4 links to go the the photoalbums!)

    Opening hours are 9:00 - 16:00 hrs november-march and 9:00 - 17:00 april-october.
    The pretty aula is open every first sunday of the month from april-october from 13:00 - 16:00 hours. There will be someone present who can provide more information about the cemetary and maybe even a guided tour, if you like.
    Entrance is free!

    How to reach it:
    Halfway down the Hooigracht is the Groenesteeg (it's the alley with the restaurant 'De Hooikist' on the corner). Just follow the Groenesteeg right down until the end - keep walking! Through the big iron gates and you're there.

    Spring flowers in bloom at the Groenesteegcemetary Entrance gate and aula
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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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  • 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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