Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Delft, The Hague and Leiden

After breakfast Gary and Gail are packing up the bikes with the New Church, or Niuewekerk as the Dutch would say, in the background.
From Delft we rode to Den Hague, parking our bikes and stopping in to see Mauritshuis (the building on the left), one of my personal favorite museums because the collection is small and contains famous works from Remebrant such as The Anatomy Lesson....
and Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring.

Pampered pooches out getting 'exercize'!

Leaving The Hauge... heading for Leiden.

We rode a number of kilometers along the beach.

Upon entering Leiden, we stumbled past the Almshouse, founded in 1655 for the benefit of poor people. Until 1625 John Robinson lived in this place. His followers set sail from Leiden to America as the Pilgrim Fathers in 1620.

This evening we were all quite hungry, and began wondering around town looking for a place to eat...

while wondering through we took in the sights of town, like this bicycle. The Dutch know how to make functional bikes, or feits as they say. This bicycle is for a family with three children...two upfront and one in back. Great for a country with no hills! But, food was never far from our mind and Auntie Gail became more assertive in our hunt, asking the shop owners for recommendations...
One of the recommendations eventually panned out....

finally leading us to a very appreciated tasty meal!

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