Had a slow morning sorting out the packing and getting ready to leave and then went into Leiden to see the volkenskunde (ethnographic) museum. I had stayed at home to write some blog and copy some photos onto dvd and had to race in on the bus to meet the others. It was a very nice collection which was laid out very well in a recently renovated building.
We met Keith and Emmy at the train station and had a nice lunch before walking back into town to check out some of the architecture with the boys. At the ‘Beesten mart (used to be the livestock market) we had a look at some of the second hand books. The guy had set up all his books in boxes and made a wall of them that you could walk along! Very impressive and I thought that he was lucky it wasn’t raining. Also saw an old guy walking home in a picture frame – he was holding it in such a way that he was the contents of the painting!
Stopped at another bookshop so Wendy could buy another tome that was by the guy who wrote Max Havelaar and reflected life in Holland through the life of a young boy using text and illustration. Back to a few places we had seen on our walk with J&G (to show the boys) and found a quaint cafe for a coffee and warm apple pie before heading back through some of the old parts of town towards the station. We said our goodbye’s and caught the bus back home by 6 for another nice meal with Jane and Geerlof (they make a good team!) and then packing up ready to head back to London before our flight home