Holland - Wiling Away an Afternoon in Leiden

We took the bus from the Keukenhof to the Dutch town of Leiden.  We were confronted with a modern city with bicycles galore parked near the bus/train station.
As we walked deeper into the town, we saw more traditional hallmarks of Holland like this canal and windmill.
More bicycles lined every canal.
We stopped into De Bonbonnerie chocolaterie and admired the confections.
We continued along one of the canals until we found a place to have a spot of lunch.
we stopped at a sidewalk cafe.  I was amazed at how small the beers were.
We ate a cheese sandwich on hearty wheat bread...
and a bitterballen sandwich.
We walked through the weekend market along the banks of the Rhine and admired the colorful fruits and vegetables...
...and wheels of Dutch cheese.
We stopped outside the Stadthuis to listen to a full band playing in the courtyard.
Moving on, I discovered a confectioner that sold Dutch Drop (licorice!).  It's my favorite.
We stopped for a coffee on a barge parked along the banks of the Rhine.
We continued our walk through town.  I spotted this orange cardboard cat in a local window.
We saw more bikes piled one atop the other.  Essentially any surface that you could lock something to was covered.
We passed The Heart is a Lonely Hunter -- an interesting name for a record store.
We saw many people with makeshift baskets on the front of their bikes. They were often toting 2-3 children.
We passed through a gate topped with a sword wielding lion.
We headed up a long flight of stairs flanked by a coat of arms.
We climbed the mound where the original De Burcht Castle used to stand.  A stone wall occupies the site today and offers 360 degree views of the town.
There was also a curious tube of toothpaste sculpture in the courtyard.
We returned to town and wandered the streets on our way back to the train station.  I liked these colorful entryways.
Small motorboats cruised the river and canal system.
We finished our tour of Leiden by popping into another confectionery for more Dutch drop.  Yum!
Onwards to Delft!

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