A day in ‘oudt Leyden’

Posted: August 6, 2012 in Uncategorized
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WEDNESDAY – 1 August 2012

On the first of August, we all piled onto the train once more and traveled through the cow- and sheep-filled pastures to the beautiful old city of Leiden (Leyden in old Dutch).

Leiden Centraal – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver

Straight out of the station I saw a small booth selling….HERRING!  “Haring” is a Dutch specialty.  It’s lightly smoked fish served with onions…yum!  All of our non-vegetarians braved the fishiness and tasted it – and from what I heard, they all liked it well enough.

Photo by Shady Grove Oliver     Photo by Shady Grove Oliver

Photo by Shady Grove Oliver     Photo by Shady Grove Oliver

Photo by Shady Grove Oliver     Photo by Shady Grove Oliver

Then we all walked over to De Valk, one of the oldest windmills in the Netherlands.

Prof. Nyitray, Cori, Angelique, Jason, Andrew, Perla, and Erin in front of De Valk – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver

We learned about the different uses for windmills traditionally, including to help drain the marshes and make much of the inhabited land in the country today.  Since much of the country used to be marshland and wetlands, the water had to be drained to some degree to make the land stable enough for building.  Other uses for windmills included grinding grain and corn, and nowadays, they are often used for wind power.

We walked all the way through the house…

De Valk – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver

De Valk – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver

De Valk – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver

…up the VERY steep stairs through the attic area…

Perla and Erin in De Valk – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver

Jason in De Valk – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver

…to the top where we saw the sails going ’round and ’round over Leiden!

Cori at the top of De Valk – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver

Andrew at the top of De Valk – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver

The long climb got us all pretty hungry so after a few hours wandering around Leiden, we met up again at the pannekoekenhuis (pancake restaurant) Oudt Leyden (old Leiden).

Oudt Leyden – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver

We had wonderful pannekoeken on traditional large blue and white (Delft blue) plates.  There was every flavor from Caprese (mozzarella, tomato, pesto) to ginger/powdered sugar to cherries with ice cream!

Oudt Leyden – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver

…I guess none of us learned not to eat anything larger than our heads…because this is what we looked like when we left:

Perla, Erin, Prof. Nyitray, Jason, Andrew, and Cori at Oudt Leyden – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver

Luckily, there were people giving out free caffeinated beverages at the train station so we all woke up out of our food coma for the ride home.  Cue goofy faces for the picture!

Prof. Nyitray, Shady Grove, Jason, Andrew, Perla, Erin, Angelique, and Cori in front of Leiden Centraal

All in all, it was a great day in Leiden!

Comments
  1. Lyssapants says:

    NOMS! I really miss pannekoeken!!!!!!!!!!!!

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