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    • Day11

      Delft Blue and White

      June 17, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      We visited the city of Delft in the Netherlands. So so cute and village-like. I painted my own porcelain tile which I was really proud of!! I wouldn’t consider myself a very creative or artistically talented person so when I do something artsy I’m automatically proud!!! It was a SUPER warm day, but we strolled around and learned about the history of delft (slightly dark history), and had a yummy lunch right near the center square, ice cream, and stopped to get raisin bread at the city’s 1st bakery. Everything in this city is a little photo op and much slower paced than Amsterdam (as expected).Read more

    • Day59

      Early morning last look at Delft

      November 11, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      After a good nights sleep we were up pretty early. We had a delicious breakfast at the Hotel - another big tick as the options for breakfast were huge and it was all fantastic. As we had some time we thought we would do a little bit more of a wander around the town. I had discovered a few squares and areas while looking at the Christmas lights, so we returned to some of these areas and discovered some others. Next time I would like to spend at least 3 days in Delft and see it all.

      After checking out of the hotel we headed to the train station, a whopping 5 minute walk! On arrival we discover there has been an accident car vs train and so there is pandemonium as so many trains have been cancelled or delayed. Luckily Brigitte went to speak to someone who advised us to get to Rotterdam and then jump on a train to Brussels MIDI which is what we did. Our tickets seemed to work so all good.

      There was a couple sitting in front of me who was talking about getting off the train in Antwerp to see the station, but because of the accident trains were being diverted around Antwerp Centraal. I told them that this was the case and then Donny and I chatted for the next 2.5 hours whilst his husband slept. He was a lovely guy from Florida and he and his hubby are hoping to buy a place in Valencia, Spain and retire in the next 4-5 years. They were just doing a side trip to Brugge before heading back to Amsterdam and then flying to Valencia to spend a couple of weeks there to experience life in “the hood”.

      We exchanged email details so maybe one day we will catch up somewhere, I suspect that they like to have a good time.

      We arrived in MIDI a little after 1.15pm and caught the train out to Ottiginies where Stef picked us up. We had a late lunch of cheese sandwiches which was great. We decided to go out to the local brasserie in Wavre where we both had steak - my first one this trip and it was fantastic and we both had an early night as we were exhausted after our week of travelling.
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      Traveler

      did you have those earrings on, or have you photoshopped them on?

      11/14/22Reply
      Traveler

      They are my earrings- they are silver tulips I got in Delft

      11/14/22Reply
      Traveler

      I thought you were going for the girl with the pearl earring look

      11/14/22Reply
      Traveler

      Just a coincidence

      11/14/22Reply
       
    • Day58

      Delft Christmas Lights

      November 10, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      As most people would know I love, love, love everything related to Christmas. As the lights and decorations were up around town I took the opportunity to stroll around Delft and see this beautiful city all a glow. I was not disappointed. I won’t label any of the photos as it is obvious they are decorations.Read more

      Traveler

      you can't have too many fairy lights

      11/14/22Reply
      Traveler

      Agreed

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    • Day58

      Delightful Delft

      November 10, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      On the advice of the receptionist we headed towards the centre of Delft as there is a market every Thursday of food and other stuff! It was about a 10 minute stroll into the Centrum. We passed so many beautiful houses and canals, the place has a real “fairytale” feel about it. There is a beautifully maintained city hall and a number of churches scattered about as well. In the marketplace we came upon a lovely store where they hand paint most of their products. I bought a couple of beautiful Christmas decorations and a small vase.

      After our retail therapy session we wandered around the market a bit, but decided we needed to find a restaurant for lunch as we both were feeling hungry after our early start and small breakfast. We found a lovely place called Het Konings Huys (House of the King) where Brigitte had a steak and chips and I had fish and chips with salad and we had a lovely bottle of Malbec with the meal.

      After lunch we wandered around the market a bit more, I got some delicious liquorice and then we went to a cheese man where we were able to try some delicious cheeses. Brigitte ended up buying over 3 kilos of cheese and it is all absolutely delicious. The other food item Brigitte gets from Holland is their strope waffles which are a couple of flat waffles with sugar syrup in the middle, very nice but need to eat in moderation.

      There was a very talented busker performing at the market, he had a wonderful voice, I could have stayed and listened to him for ever. We continued wandering around the lovely narrow streets, crossing over quaint bridges and enjoying the sites. Our last stop was at De Candelaar & De Blauwe Tulp Pottery where I bought a pendant and met the artist who painted it.

      We then headed back to the hotel to have a bit of down time.
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    • Day6

      Delft 1

      September 13, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Delft ist eine kleine, von Kanälen gesäumte Stadt nicht, weit entfernt von Rotterdam. Bekannt ist es für seine handbemalten blauweißen Keramiken, die hier hergestellt werden. Außerdem hat Delft eine ganz allerliebste und gemütliche Altstadt und genau deshalb soll unser Ausflug heute dorthin gehen.
      Mit Tram und Bahn kommen wir hin, alles ganz einfach - eine freundliche Schaffnerin verkauft uns Straßenbahntickets, Google zeigt uns den Weg und der Automat am Hauptbahnhof spuckt unsere Fahrkarten aus 👍.
      Nun sind wir da und merken sofort - Hauptverkehrsmittel ist das Fahrrad. Also aufgepasst, immer und überall! Doch nicht so gemütlich hier 😉.
      Aber schon an der nächsten Ecke merken wir, Delft ist richtig schön! Und das Beste - kaum andere Touris, ganz im Gegensatz zu gestern, also doch gemütlich 🤓! Schaut auf die Fotos, dann wisst ihr, was ich meine.
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    • Day58

      Hotel Arsenaal, Delft

      November 10, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      We left Amsterdam fairly early to make our way to Delft, which is about an hour’s train ride south. We wanted to get to Delft fairly early to ensure we had enough time to explore the city. We arrived to blue sky and sunshine and although we knew the hotel was fairly close to the station our maps wanted to take us in the opposite direction. So after schlepping around for about 30 minutes I stopped a guy to get some assistance and sure enough our phones (both our phones) had taken us the wrong way.

      Now that we knew where we were going it didn’t take us too long to find the hotel, which is situated in a beautiful spot between two canals. The hotel is lovely and the staff very helpful, so we dropped off our bags and checked in a little later.

      Everything about the hotel is well thought out and beautifully designed. They have incorporated much of the buildings original architecture, like wooden beams and brick work but have added a wonderful level of comfort. Thanks again to Ian’s colleague Florian for the recommendation.
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    • Day14

      13. Tag: Delft

      September 11, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Und schon wieder ist eine Woche rum. Da Sonntag um 15.30 Uhr Union spielte, blieb uns nicht all zu viel Zeit davor, dennoch liefen wir von unserem Campingplatz 30 min ins Centrum von Delft.
      Denn schlendern geht immer!
      Wir startet mit einer heißen Schokolade in den Tag. Die Besonderheit war, dass man sie hier ein Stück Schokolade am Stiel aussuchen kann und dieser anschließend mit heißer Milch übergossen wird. Bestimmt war damit schon unser Kalorienbedarf für den Tag gedeckt, aber es war köstlich. 😮‍💨
      Anschließend liefen wir durch die belebte Innenstadt.
      Ein Cocktail hier, ein bisschen stöbern im Second Hand Shop da und frischer Zaziki und Knoblauchsoße fürs Grillen wurden gekauft.
      Pünktlich zum Anpfiff ging dann auch der Grill an und während Union siegte haben wir uns dann den Bauch vollgeschlagen. Ab jetzt ist Union SPITZENREITER!
      Abgerundet wurde der Tag mit mehreren Runden Wickingerschach und vielen Runden „Nochmal“.
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    • Day1

      Amazon traffic jams & epic bike stores.

      August 17, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Stupidly early flight coupled with easyJet sending an email warning of delays meant an early morning / late night start. Squeezed in the car - a Jumbo bike box meant seats were as far forward as possible. Thankfully Liz was the hero on both counts getting up at stupid o'clock & driving. Rain on the way didn't bode well. Also a bit jittery about the sheer quantity of stuff crammed in the bike box - official guidance states nothing but a bike. Banked on the taped up box and queues discouraging investigation as has been the case previously & so it proved. Security negotiated relatively painlessly. Similar leg room on the flight to the car but at least I had an aisle seat. Struggled to stay awake though turbulence helped. My first experience of Brexit tourism didn't help my mood - look at what you could've won - EU passports sailing through the automatic booths and massive queues for the stupid.
      Once done, Bike was there ready to be assembled. Minor panic when my pump exploded - nothing a bit of gaffer tape couldn't botch tho. By the time I'd assembled the bike the rain that followed me had passed. Just the small matter of cycling through the midst of an international hub served by numerous motorways. No worries - Holland has it sorted - 20m away from where I was sorting the bike was a superb bike lane that would proceed to guide me off road pretty much all the way to Delft. Even incorporated a lift to access a bridge. Couldn't do anything about the Amazon warehouse - took a while to get past the endless stream of Amazonia departing. Excited to see the first windmill but that quickly dissipated. Loads of windmills but no shops. Eventually found a supermarket at the halfway point in Leiden. Had lunch admiring a particularly historic windmill. For once this was in an urban setting rather than by one of the numerous canals. Pushed on and spits and spots gradually got worse & worse. With 6 miles to go the waterproof was called for. By the hotel all was damp to say the least. Checked in & was directed to the station bike car park. Never have I seen so many bikes - most of which were the Dutch tank like versions. Quick wash, explore Delft. Popped into the Jumbo supermarket - as in Jumbo Visma Cycling - living the high life.
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    • Day2

      Geile sonnige 1. Tour

      June 1, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Ein toller 1. Tag eine wunderschöne Tour. 87 km von Amsterdam nach Delft. Tolles Hotel und jetzt in Delft, einem wirklich schönen Ort , jetzt nach dem 1. Bier, Pasta und vino. Besser geht's nicht. Läuft würde ich sagen.Read more

      Traveler

      Super! Drück dir die Daumen, dass es so weiter geht. 👍🏻

      6/1/19Reply
       
    • Day29

      Delft - Amsterdam

      June 20, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Today we took an hour's train journey to Delft, where we visited Royal Delft, the only remaining, original Delftware manufacturer from the 17th century. Donna and I toured the Royal Delft museum and factory while Alan and Wayne explored the city centre. Both choices were enjoyed respectively. Donna and I still had time to see the beauty of the city centre and all the wonderful canals and bridges along the way. The square of Delft is called 'de Markt' and the day we were there was market day so there was cheese, fish, vegetables, bread, nuts, and other foods as well as clothing, leather bags, bicycle accessories, electronic gadgets and much much more.
      The Nieuwe Kerk, a Protestant church is located on the Square opposite to the City Hall  Stadhuis), a Renaissance style building. We climbed the Church Tower's 376 stairs for fantastic views of Delft. Around the market, pubs and open-air terraces are plentiful and they are very friendly. We loved Delft so much, we stayed for dinner before returning to Amsterdam on the train.
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