Delft Part II and Scheveningen Noorderstrand (the Beach!)

A few weeks ago, David and I revisited Delft so we could stop by some museums and churches we didn’t get to see the first time around.

We visited both the Nieuwe Kerk and the Oude Kerk, as well as the Prinsenhof Museum. Not to mention, there was a flea market that spanned a large part of the city centre.

First we stopped for lunch (at the same restaurant as last time!) before…


… we climbed up the Nieuwe Kerk!


Most of these bells were cast by François Hemony in 1659. Being out of tune, these bells have been replaced by new ones. As a homage to the famous Hemony they were hung in this framework. The present carillon, hanging on the highest floor of this tower, consists of 48 bells. The lower 18 bells are still the originals of Hemony.

And here are some more pictures from the top (and middle) stopping points in the tower!





You can also check out a couple of videos on my Facebook page. One is taken
as I stood at the very top of the tower, looking over the sides and around! Very scary, I might add. The other is taken as we’re climbing to the top.

I have a thing for taking pictures of organs…

After we finished exploring the Nieuwe Kerk we discovered that there was a flea market, a really big one!

I took a video walking through the market, but it’s a horrible video, haha. My videos are always so horribly shaky… do camcorders work a bit better at stabilizing the image, or is it just me having no skills? Probably the latter…




I think these shoes are totally my size.


Stopping for our afternoon cappucino. A habit we most definitely will not be able to keep up in Toronto, so we’re basking in the glory of it now!

We also visited the Prinsenhof Museum (another one of my favourite museums!). Very interactive, great for kids and adults alike! I was so engrossed in the activities and information that I hardly took any pictures or videos!

Here’s a picture of where William of Orange was assassinated (he was shot)! I learned so much about him that I hadn’t known before. David was really happy we visited because I learned a lot more about the context of David’s research.

Here’s some information about the assassination, who committed it, and what happened to him afterwards:

The Burgundian Catholic Balthasar Gérard (born 1557) was a subject and supporter of Philip II, and regarded William of Orange as a traitor to the king and to the Catholic religion. In 1581, when Gérard learned that Philip II had declared William an outlaw and promised a reward of 25,000 crowns for his assassination, he decided to travel to the Netherlands to kill William. He served in the army of the governor of Luxembourg, Peter Ernst I von Mansfeld-Vorderort, for two years, hoping to get close to William when the armies met. This never happened, and Gérard left the army in 1584. He went to the Duke of Parma to present his plans, but the Duke was unimpressed. In May 1584, he presented himself to William as a French nobleman, and gave him the seal of the Count of Mansfelt. This seal would allow forgeries of the messages of Mansfelt to be made. William sent Gérard back to France to pass the seal on to his French allies.

Gérard returned in July, having bought two wheel-lock pistols on his return journey. On 10 July, he made an appointment with William of Orange in his home in Delft, now known as the Prinsenhof. That day, William was having dinner with his guest Rombertus van Uylenburgh. After William left the dining room and walked down-stairs, Van Uylenburgh heard Gérard shoot William in the chest at close range. Gérard fled immediately.

According to official records, William’s last words were:

Mon Dieu, ayez pitié de mon âme; mon Dieu, ayez pitié de ce pauvre peuple. (My God, have pity on my soul; my God, have pity on this poor people).

Gérard was caught before he could escape Delft, and was imprisoned. He was tortured before his trial on 13 July, where he was sentenced to an execution brutal even by the standards of that time. The magistrates decreed that the right hand of Gérard should be burned off with a red-hot iron, that his flesh should be torn from his bones with pincers in six different places, that he should be quartered and disembowelled alive, that his heart should be torn from his chest and flung in his face, and that, finally, his head should be cut off.


After the Prinsenhof Museum, we headed home for supper and changed before heading up the road (literally, just up the road) to the beach!


This little girl scooted in the shot, and I was originally a little annoyed, but I kind of like how it turned out!




Loving the soft sand!


The water wasn’t too cold, either.

We’ve been to the beach a couple more times since then, and love it. Very lively, yet also easy to find a quiet spot to relax.

This past weekend we went to the beach to watch an International Fireworks Festival… it was amazing! I’ll share more about that soon :).




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