Chapter 1: Trembling Leiden!

Hi guys!

We are going to talk about our bike trip in The Netherlands.
We stayed there 5 days and we’ll divide it in 4 posts, one for each day that we traveled:

  • 1° From Amsterdam to Leiden;
  • 2° From Leiden to Rotterdam;
  • 3° From Rotterdam to Utrecht;
  • 4° From Utrecht back to Amsterdam.

DAY 1


Amsterdam

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Early, early in the morning, but we mean very early in the morning, we woke up and took a plane to reach Amsterdam.
Once we arrived in the city of freedom we rented 3 bikes and started to have a look around.
We’ve been many times in Amsterdam, but if you don’t have many days to dedicate to the city, you must visit the following main places:

Museumplein: Here you can find the Rijksmuseum,in which you will see a lot of artworks of the Flemish art, the Stedelijk Museum, based on modern art and the Van Gogh Museum, in which you can admire the life of Vincent, from the start to the end;
Dam: A beautiful square composed by “Nationaal Monument“,the obelisk in memory of the fallen soldier of the second world war, the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum,the Royal palace and the Nieuwe Kerk( new church);
Canal System: yeah. It’s great, beautiful and long more than 100km!

We’re not going to tell you that you could visit the city by bike, oh no, you  MUST do it! 😀
You will feel like a real citizen.

According to one of the last census, the 850.000 inhabitants owns 847000 bikes and every year around 15000 bikes are fished up from the canals. THINK ABOUT IT! 🙂

The greatness of the bicycle infrastructure  in The Netherlands is unbelievable, they have more than 32000 km of cycle path, so you can go everywhere you want as we did.


Road to Leiden

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IT’S PEDALING TIME! Once we moved out from Amsterdam passing through the green VondelPark and the Amsterdamse Bos, two of the biggest and suggestive parks of the city, we headed to Leiden, crossing Westeinderplassen, a complex of lakes belonging to the territory of Alsmeer, a city that hosts the largest flowers and plants trade centers in the world.

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Cycling around holland is really easy. As we said before, cycle paths cover all the territory. You can follow the LF routes to reach every place or city you want.

The territory is almost flat, full of beautiful houses, green fields, cows and canals. After 45 km of this beauty we reached Leiden.


Leiden

Here we are, Leiden! 😀

Leiden is a beautiful small town full of history: the oldest university in The Netherlands is here (built in 1575), Einstein taught there, and the pilgrims lived here for a while before to get on the Mayflower.

The city centre could be really romantic if you go there with your partner or just relaxing if you are here with your friends.

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Coming from Italy, we thought that here the passion for football was certainly smaller, but when Ajax scored against Monaco in Europa League semifinal, we have doubted it.

The entire floor trembled!

Wow, we laughed of that for about 10 minutes!

Passion is passion, wherever you go.

We were eating pizza (yes, we are italian and we CAN’T survive without  pizza or pasta once a day 😀 ) on the canal and it started to rain cats and dogs: we ran inside as fast as lightning with our lovely food!

So be aware of the climate and don’t forget your meal on the table. Please.

If you don’t have time to visit every single attraction, we recommend you to visit the centre and just get lost in the quiet streets of the city.

We rested in an hotel near the central station and after a good breakfast, we were ready to reach Rotterdam via Scheveningen and Den Haag!
We will talk about it next week on monday, so stay tuned!

If you have questions about our trip you can contact us! 😀

That’s all for today.

Have safe and great trips!

 

Arthur and Bruno

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