The keys and the lions in the center are the coat of arms of Leiden.
Around you see the coats of arms of Holland, Rijnland, Leiderdorp, Zoeterwoude, Voorschoten, Wassenaar, Oegstgeest (all cities and villages around Leiden), and the family coat of arms of the Pape family.
The Pape family created a trust fund in 1922 to financially support "useful" activities. One wing of the Lakenhal museum (the Pape-wing) was built with their financial support.
Yesterday evening, I had a nice photography session with Alona Azaria. We chose two different angles to view the windmill "De Adriaan", one of the icons of the city of Haarlem.
See Alona's picture here: www.flickr.com/photos/aaz148/46872668321
Nelson Mandela Bridge, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands.
Architect: Johan Bak (1992)
I used to be here many times because of work, and really hated the place: cold, ugly and unattractive, waiting for a train that was always late.
Not having been there for years, in gorgeous weather, I found a different atmosphere.
Blue and yellow are the colours of the city of Zoetermeer. We used to call it Sweet Lake City.