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What better way to enjoy a city than by taking a stroll through narrow paved streets and alongside broad canals.
I’ve written before about local visitor attractions in The Netherlands. It’s considered environmental to enjoy local sights and locations rather than travel too far afield. So we try to do this and to appreciate what local facilities have to offer.
Leiden is a university town in the Zuid Holland province. It has a really effective incentive for a walking tour, not simply the sights and sounds of the boats and bicycles but a literary temptation too.
The Leiden Muurgedichten (Muur meaning wall, gedichten mening poem) are a great aspect of the appeal of Leiden.
Leiden has a strong literary tradition and has been home to many writers.
The poems are written in many languages and can be found as you walk or cycle around the town.
They are also beautiful. The way that each is written is intended to be eye catching as well as inspiring.
Each has a translation plaque with Dutch and English versions. I still notice poems that I haven’t seen before on visits to the city.
The 101 poem project began in 1992 and took until 2005 to complete.
If you’re ever in The Netherlands I think it’s something worth seeing.
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