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Holidays at home….

This blog has given me something I wasn’t expecting; the incentive to see my local environment with new eyes.

Today we needed a couple of ingredients for a vegan cheese recipe. (I found it over on bunny kitchen.)

So when we need to buy stuff we get the bus to a local university city calked Leiden.

It’s about thirty minutes on the bus. We try hard to use public transport as much as possible at weekends.

Today it’s been bright sunny and springlike. So an ideal opportunity for a wee day trip.

Leiden was part of the pilgrim father’s journey to the new world. They also passed through the city where I was born in the UK.

It’s got Dutch canals and bridges similar to the more famous Amsterdam.

The exciting thing is, it also has…..
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wait for it….

a hill!

Now for those who haven’t spent time in The Netherlands (the lowlands)

This may seem insignificant.

However,

A hill in a flat country is a mountain in some ways.
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Thus particular ‘hill’ is technically a fortification from 17th century and is surrounded by buildings so hard to photograph in a hill-ish way! As you can see.

There’s a structure on the top with castellations and it gives a great view if the city.

Up on the parapet, there’s a spectacular view of the surroundings. It’s a different perspective of the surrounding red roofs and local library.

When it was built the nearby orphanage supplied cheap labour to the local industry and factories.

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The seagulls seem to like it now too. Even if they’re not speaking to each other! And it’s a tiny peaceful haven on a busy shopping day.

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Three large trees are sheltered inside and it’s quite a feature.

I like to recognise the easily accessible features of our region.

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20 comments on “Holidays at home….

  1. rabthepict
    March 15, 2014

    Another lovely day out 🙂

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  2. roma1912
    March 15, 2014

    As I live in the Fens I totally understand your delight in “The Hill” lol one benefit is the huge sky’s don’t you think

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    • lizard100
      March 15, 2014

      I do love the sky and the immense views. You’re right!

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  3. bmary
    March 15, 2014

    Beautiful pictures!

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  4. quarteracrelifestyle
    March 15, 2014

    So pretty!

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    • lizard100
      March 15, 2014

      Thank you!

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    • lizard100
      March 16, 2014

      I’ve nominated you for the Versatile blogger award. Have a great day!

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      • quarteracrelifestyle
        March 16, 2014

        Aw, thank you so much for that. I have stopped accepting them though….they just take so much time and I can never choose recipients for fear of offending 🙂 But thank you, much appreciated 🙂

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      • lizard100
        March 16, 2014

        That’s okay. I found it hard to choose for that reason too.

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      • quarteracrelifestyle
        March 16, 2014

        🙂

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  5. Poppy
    March 16, 2014

    I hope you enjoyed the cheese 🙂

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    • lizard100
      March 16, 2014

      I’ve still got a few other ingredients to source. But I’m looking forward to getting started with it.

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      • Poppy
        March 16, 2014

        Have fun 🙂

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      • lizard100
        March 16, 2014

        I will. The shopping for ingredients adds to the build up!

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  6. Rambling Woods
    March 16, 2014

    I love that you can take public transit…. Not easy here in our car happy nation

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    • lizard100
      March 16, 2014

      Yep! The transport is all joined up and very useful.

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  7. tootlepedal
    March 16, 2014

    The hill is exciting. We were in North Holland for a holiday and didn’t see one at all.

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    • lizard100
      March 16, 2014

      I’m glad it makes sense that the hill is a thing or wonder!

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