Thursday, November 1, 2012

Netherlands: Visit Delft for Charm and Delftware, a day trip inspired by my grandmother

Delft is an easy and short train ride from Amsterdam’s Centraal Station. It's described as a mini-Amsterdam. Delft has its own canal system and other features which mark the attractiveness of Amsterdam, such as notable art history and bikes ruling the road. 

Should you wish to eat or just rest during your explorations of Delft, consider a canal boat ride or being seated outdoors at a café for lunch in Markt, the main square.

Delft is known as the home to the pretty blue and white pottery called Delftware. There are Delft galleries all around. I was told that authentic Delftware will have Delfts Blauw (Delft Blue) handpainted on the piece.  My grandmother collected Delftware.  This is why I visited Delft and why I purchased a piece of Delftware in her memory.

This lovely town was also Johannes Vermeer’s home, even during his days of painting. I recommend the book the Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, which was inspired by one of Vermeer's paintings.

Delft's streets invite you to stroll and enjoy the intimate feel and charming  sights.   

What did you think when you visited Delft?  What cities have you visited that you consider charming?

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