7 Days In The Netherlands

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Canals in the Netherlands

7 days since I’ve landed in this beautiful country. I’ve toured through Amsterdam, Leiden, Den Haag and Rotterdam and cross nearly half of the country on foot.
I’ve walked fields ornamented with dutch windmills and crossed bridges spanning the Netherlands never ending maze of canals. And every time that I get bored of the typical dutch scenery, I turn a corner and find another old building or a rich piece of history about this magnificent country

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I must say, I absolutely love this country and their people!

The Trek
backpacker-shadow-300x300My journey started when I landed at Schiphol Airport, just outside of Amsterdam. I stayed in Amsterdam for 2 nights then hopped on a train and made my way to Leiden. In Leiden, I couchsurfed and stayed with a charming host who was nice enough to tour me around her city and then she even cooked me a nice warm meal.
From Leiden, I went on foot, south into Den Haag. I stayed there another two nights, one night in a private hotel room and one night in a hostel. I walked across the city to the Sea and then I started making my way to Rotterdam.

Needless to say, this trip has been a success so far! Through the blisters, the sore knees, the train tickets and the hospitality, I am so thankful for having the opportunity to tour through this country!

Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a huge variety of things to do. From the more touristy areas to the parks and places most people don’t even think about going.

I spent my time walking along canals and getting lost in the city’s never ending alley ways.

Here’s a few shots from my time spent there.

 

 

Leiden

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Molen De Valk

I truly fell in love with this small dutch city. There are canals like most cities in the country and also Leiden has an abundance of windmills. Along with the old mills, Leiden also has a rich history and in the center of the city lies an old citadel that was built in the 12th century. There isn’t much spectacular about it but the fact that I was able to  walk around in a structure that has been standing for nearly a millennium was enough for this cat.

 

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Burcht Van Leiden


Den Haag

Den Haag (The Hague) is another beautiful dutch city. It is also the seat of their goverment and royal throne. The city has some very charming areas with old buildings, but the best part for me was being able to walk along the coast of the Atlantic ocean.

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Peace Palace (and my favorite shot so far)

The walk to the coast, was long and grueling but when I arrived and could see the giant cargo ships out on the water, I was just happy to be able to take it all in.


Rotterdam

Rotterdam was nice, but is in fact my least favorite city of Netherlands. Back in WWII, the Nazis dropped bombs on the city and leveled a huge area of the city. Therefore today, the city has a lot a newer building and most of it’s architecture is reminiscent of most modern cities.

It is also one of the only cities in the Netherlands with a skyline.

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Moving On

I’ve since left Netherlands and have made my way into Belgium. More to come on that later!

Cheers for meow!

Joel

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