A Culture of Bikes
Anatomy of an Alley
City Scenes 1
City Scenes 2
Leidenaars at Play
A Kid's Life
In the Classroom
Order the Film
Leidenaars at Play
The Dutch have a special relationship with water. For Leidenaars, a favorite way to spend a relaxing afternoon is to cruise the city's canals.
Having food and drink at hand is standard practice.
A very scenic paddle.
The waters of the canal can also serve as a stage. Here's a rock band making its way through the canals. It's actually a benefit concert/fundraiser of sorts, with volunteers "passing the hat" along the shoreline.
On occasion, concert stages are floated. This is the opening band for the annual Rapenburg Concert. By evening, the canal will be full of boats and the sidewalks packed.
Restoring and showing off old boats also happens from time to time.
The canals provide calm water and long straightaways, perfect for a crew's weekend workout.
The city canals connect with larger water outside the city; a good place for a bit of sailing.
A college student getting a little fishing in. The canals hold a range of fish, including pike.
Not far from Leiden is Lake Oostvoorne, where your humble narrator caught this one on a fly. Thanks to L.V.V. de Hackleplayers for a great day on the water!
Back in town, a stack of surfboards sit waiting for the big waves to come.
The North Sea is a 13 minute drive or 20 minute bus ride from Leiden. A day at the beach is very close by.
The Beestenmarkt plays host to an old car show.
Even American muscle cars have a home in Leiden!
Leiden has many museums and historical monuments. This is the entrance to the Hortus Botanicus. Established in 1590, it's one of the oldest in the world.
Part of the Hortus grounds is a very wild-feeling ramble.
A group of college students enjoying the sunshine at the Hortus.
Leiden has a variety of public spaces, which can be transformed into concert venues. This is the Garenmarkt (yarn market).
To celebrate Leidse Onset, the "relief of Leiden" on October 3, much of Leiden's public space is turned over to various forms of revelry.
The public life of the streets is always surprising. Here we see a group of freshman college students going through part of their initiation into one of the student houses of the University of Leiden.
"Pole vaulting" canals on Oct 3. Spoiler alert: he's not going to make it.
A cold winter night brings families out to skate in the Allmarkt.
On October 3, and many other occasions, beer gardens are set up in the streets.
Cheers! Ben and I at one of the many excellent restaurants which line the great public spaces of Leiden.