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!
CO2 make themselves comfortable!
Making friends with the locals.
For a sheep chaser, Corrie was most unhappy with these!
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