1129-1130: Lovely Leiden

1129-1130:  Luscious Leiden

Tuesday 9th – Wednesday 10th April 2019

We arrived at the Leiden car park – after travelling for all of a half hour via an LPG refill. The special motorhome parkings were full – so we waited until a Belgian van left and moved into their space – tight… Light lunch and – the free shuttle city bus takes dogs!  2 minutes to city centre……. A K-guided walking tour quickly convinced us the we like Leiden even more than Gouda!   And we liked Gouda more than Delft.  28 km of waterways – most outside Amsterdam…  found a park where our doggy/children could roam free – kids after school activities – footy and tag games. The park has a sun trap cafe – for – wine…..Eased our way home via a bank for cash. Leiden is the birthplace of Rembrandt – and lots of sculptures, etc. 

Chilled evening (is there any other kind?) – with some vino and (the cooking) Marsala…..Zzzzzzs.  Definitely Leiden again tomorrow – possibly a boat trip. 

Wednesday dawned – windy and very chilly – so lots of layers.  Walked the short distance to the same park – for doggy freedom – and same cafe – for coffee and cake – K had cheesecake and I had traditional Dutch apple pie – yummy – no calories….only coffee as Wednesday is another alcohol free day – quite a few of those recently.   (n the park, Corrie feasted on pizza from the grass!  Met two lovely Dutch ladies – with a Kooiker dog – same colours as Oscar – they had a mad chase all around the park!  They gave us lots of local advice…. 

Kooky narrow streets – and suddenly a large and lively market!  I bought some fruit/passion e-juice – and K got her phone screen protector replaced.

Back to Jez – late lunch and – nap for me…..

Early night – as 6:00 am start – to visit a massive flower auction area.  We will definitely revisit Lovely Leiden! 

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CO2 make themselves comfortable!

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 Making friends with the locals. 


For a sheep chaser, Corrie was most unhappy with these!

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Oscar – and Corrie’s Diary.

So – missy Corrie thinks she can out-Franglais me!  Hallo and Goedemorgen – and Hoi!  Doei and Tot ziens – (but that’s after you read the blog).  That’s put her in her place – for now…

Our owners K and J say we’re still in Neverlands – from Daft to Lazing cities.  K and J are now almost fully trained – after 2 years from me – and 1 from missy. They will always need refreshers of course… today K was walking beautifully to heel – I only had to correct her once. J was – well fairly normal – for an almost 72-year old – that’s 504 in doggy years – very scary, old man!  

They were intending to take us to a country called Pooland – but now it seems it will be Germilly – and the Cheque Republic – (must be lots of banks in Chequeland). Our good friend Kerstin will be 350  doggy years young…. she’s a mad hatter…..  The party will last all weekend, at least!  We just hope they have enough dogfood….. Slallammy and sausidge with loads of kertchoop – will do nicely…

Tot zien – for now – all our 11 readers…

O and C










8 thoughts on “1129-1130: Lovely Leiden

  1. We love the Netherlands – looks like great fun. We’re planning another trip to Arisaig in a couple of weeks. Will think fondly of you as we walk to Ben’s beach. x x

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      • I’m going to France later in the year for the Normandy celebrations and then I’m going to travel around for a little while unfortunately it will be only be for a couple of weeks as I have to get back to work


      • Work is such an inconvenience! We spent 10 days in Normandy immersing ourselves in the war history … Major Holt’s book was our guide. So interesting. Enjoy


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