! Our pre-paid internet tickets get us quick entry (we have found that pre-paying on the internet is well worth while as it is often cheaper and is definitely quicker to get in). We spend nearly 4 hours enjoying the wide range of very realistic models. New features of the model village include many interactive activities, many including water (the dutch seem to take great enjoyment in playing with water - must be genetic!) and also short films about the models, or related events, which are activated by a smart card that you are given at the entrance. After returning on the tram to central Den Haag (you may know it as The Hague) we wander about the city looking at some of the real buildings that we have just seen as models! There is a very large, noisy funfair occupying some parks in the city with some hairaising rides. At about 5 oclock we return to Leiden and then to the campsite. After cooking and eating dinner we retire early and sleep really well again after a lot of walking today. It rained heavily overnight but the tent kept us perfectly dry - no leaks!
A slow start to the day with breakfast cereal and bananas and making sandwitches for lunch. We take to train to Leiden and then a train to Den Haag. We knew we had to take a tram to Madurodam model village but were not sure of where, as the den Haag station is being rebuilt and is a building site. Eventually we find our where, but then discover we should by our tram tickets at the newsagent on the station (it is much cheaper to buy a return ticket at the newsagent as the tram only sells singles which are more expensive). We rush back and buy the tickets and return just in time to catch the tram. A 15 minute ride through Den Haag takes up to the entrance to the Madurodam model village. We had visited the model village many years ago during a "Holland in one day' coach tour which we had done whilst on a work trip to Holland. However we were only allowed 1 hour to see the village which was not enough time (this is one reason why we do not like coach trips - they never allow enough time on things you want to see and far too much time on things you don't)