My birth town from another perspective

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by pniev, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    I was born and raised in Leiden, the Netherlands. My roots go back to the late 1500s in that city (and neighbouring leiderdorp). There is a lot of water in the old town, which is approximately 2 meters below sea water level. I have seen it a lot when I lived there. But I never looked at the city from a boat. A visit from old neighbours from our Princeton (NJ) days, brought a good excuse to take a boat ride through the canals. I must admit that it was very enjoyable, not only because one of my basketball buddies was the (voluntary) skipper, but also because I got totally different views. Herewith some photos I took.

    The skipper (an "old" basketball buddy)

    The old harbor (amongst others used for supplies and products of the textile industry back in the late 16th century):

    The Astronomical Institute (Einstein was there):

    View on the oldest part of the University, going back to 1575:

    3 generations van de Werf Parc (the mayor during the Leiden Siege by the Spaniards):

    Looking up and down:

    One of the many old - and low - bridges:

    Another view:

    Having fun on the water:

    Living on water:

    Enjoying the view and the colors:
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    *puts house up for sale*

    "Honey, we're moving to the Netherlands!"
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  3. jssaraiva

    jssaraiva Veteran Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2014
    Porto, Portugal
    Great stuff. The BW contrast looks very rich.
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  4. Beautiful town
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  5. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    A very nice set - our local canal is weedy and full of shopping trollies
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  6. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    I am pretty sure there are some bikes in the canals in Leiden.

    Bridges can be low.

    This one was shot at 1/4sec. I wanted to delete it but did not.

    Our american friend had to duck a lot ;-)
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  7. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Hall of Famer

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Beautiful series. Thank you. The second shot is my favorite -- with simply gorgeous black and white processing.
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  8. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Very interesting.
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