When we reached the lovely and busy city of Leiden after our 30 minute train ride, we found a taxi, gave him the piece of paper with the address of our Airbnb on it. The taxi driver had no problem finding the home where we shared a well appointed and comfortable room for three days. Pauline, our host made sure we were comfy and went way above the call of duty later, by guiding our travel when it was time to leave. We also discovered that we’re 5 bus stops away from the city costing 4 Euro’s each way. Our first evening, found us exploring the little town we’re in and finding a terrific restaurant. The next day, our first day in the city of Leiden plopped us in the middle of a huge celebration called “3 October” or “Liberty Day”! For the day of 3 October 1574 when the Spanish were routed from Leiden, a day of freedom! Think, Fourth of July!
Our stop here is scheduled for us to get in touch with Dave’s ancestry. In the heart of Leiden is a museum set aside just for the Pilgrim Fathers. Dr. Jeremy D. Bangs is curator, spokesman and central knowledge core for all questions. We found out as we talked with Dr. Bangs that he’s written at least four books on the subject of the Pilgrim Fathers. Months ago, Dave connected with Dr. Bangs to make sure we would be in the city at the time the museum would be open. He warned us of a “big celebration” and maybe a “parade or two” . Our first day in the city was just us walking around touring and getting the lay of the town. We found a beautiful, clean city, nice helpful citizens. We found the St. Peter’s Church, where there is an alcove dedicated to the Pilgrim Fathers. We found that the churches data base has location of most graves of those who attended here even those in the late1500’s. The Pilgrim Fathers families lived here for long enough, about 15 years, that they had births, marriages, deaths, etc. Dave found out that his Pilgrim, Edward Fuller actually lived in Rotterdam, but was having a house built in Leiden just prior to the time they departed for the New World.