Biking Holland. . . Leiden to Rotterdam

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After the wind and rain and hills and wind and rain and hills yesterday, we were grateful for not as much rain, not as much wind, and fewer hills!! Betty decided to stay on the barge to give her knee a rest.

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first stop in Leiden was an ancient Roman fortress, built high on a hill so that people could take refuge there when floods arrived. The views of Leiden from the top we amazing. . .

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I’m not sure what the meaning of a sculptured tube of toothpaste is, but here’s the evidence. .

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A ride through the park honoring Rembrandt’s birthplace. . . if you can’t paint yourself, who can you paint??!!

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Out of Leiden, we came across a most curious dilemma!!!

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Sorry, guess you’ll have to stand on your head to view that one!!

Past beautiful homes built on the canals, pastoral settings of sheep, lambs, goats, kids, flowers, with our destination as a most wonderful organic farm which produces a most wonderful cheese. . .

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One of the simple facts I learned is that Gouda and Edam are basically the same cheese, but the shape is different!! At this farm, everything is organic, and the farm itself also includes a wildfowl refuge. The calves had just been born, and were sweet and curious.

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Lee got the historical lowdown from the farmer…

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We tasted cheeses, bought cheeses, ate lunch, and saddled up. Over the fields, across canals, riding into the wind, headed toward the delightful town of Delft. With a few hours to browse the town, we went first to the Town Hall. . .

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A beautiful blue glass sculpture in the town. . .

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And then a short ride to the Royal Delft factory. It’s the only remaining true delft factory which produces the REAL THING. I sure wish I could have afforded a piece, but at €150 and up for even small pieces, well, I thought I’d really rather have Italian ceramiche. The factory tour was really outstanding. Highly recommended. . .

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The day started with cows and ended with a Delft cow. . .

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