Exploring with Friends: Delft

The last city we explored together with our friends was Delft, and it was the most peaceful city we visited of the three (see our adventures in Den Haag and Amsterdam, if you haven’t already!).

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Delft station! Picture by Elisabeth.

Because we visited on a Sunday, the town was especially quiet. There were a few cafés open here and there but for the most part restaurants and shops were closed. I didn’t mind much. It was a really nice walk through the streets.

Quiet and peaceful. Picture by Elisabeth.
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I can never get enough of the canals!
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A really cozy-looking house with lots of plants outside. Picture by Elisabeth.
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Beautiful. I love all the lily pads! Picture by Elisabeth.
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If this store was open, I would’ve spent a good amount of time inside, haha. Picture by Elisabeth.

There weren’t many people around when we first arrived in Delft.

That is, until we got to Markt Square!

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The view of Markt Square. We sat at a café on the right (hidden behind the statue).
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A cheese shop. I could smell the cheese as I walked by!
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Perhaps what Delft is most famous for, especially to North Americans – Delftware!

While we were in Markt Square, we stopped for lunch at a café. I thought their food was pretty typical Dutch! I was very happy to be able to share some real Dutch food with our friends.

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Young Gouda cheese on homemade bread, with a croquette, Dijon mustard, and chicken soup.
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Elisabeth ordered a club sandich with egg, ham, and Gouda cheese with “Hot Chocomel.”
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David ordered classic poffertjes (mini pancakes) with butter, strawberries, and whipped cream. I had a small bite. Amazing.
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Philipp ordered two croquettes with fries.
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The boys enjoying their cappuccinos! I love this picture. Picture by Elisabeth.
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My husband is super cute. Love this picture of him. Picture by Elisabeth.
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Waiting for our food to arrive! Picture by Elisabeth.

While we were eating our lunch, the church bells rang from the Nieuwe Kerk a few feet away from us. And it wasn’t just simple, tuneless, ringing either. They played a delightful melody every 15 minutes or so.

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It’s too bad they were doing construction on the Nieuwe Kerk while we were there!

After we finished lunch, we explored the surrounding shops. I spent a lot of time dawdling around the crafter’s market in the centre of the square. I ending up buying an intricately hand-carved owl with a small hook (for hanging coats, etc.). There were all kinds of things in the market, though (all handmade!) – pottery, wood carvings, jewelry, handwoven linens and blankets, purses, lawn ornaments, and so much more!

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I thought these ceramic pieces were super cute. The frog is clutching his belly as though he just had a really big meal.
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This particular potter must’ve really liked frogs. There were frogs in most of his designs.
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A really amazing chess set!

After we finished up looking around Markt Square, we decided to take a stroll through other parts of Delft.

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These two pictures (above and below) are of the
Oude Kerk, found in the center of Delft. It’s pretty extraordinary! We didn’t go inside, but maybe David and I will visit Delft again before we leave.

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We were also going to visit the Prinsenhof Museum, but we wouldn’t have had much time. Instead, we walked around the gardens behind the museum!

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What street lamps in Delft look like – is anyone surprised?
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The entrance to the gardens. This building is part of the museum.

We got a lot of awesome shots of us as a group, and as couples, in this garden. Here are just a couple of the dozens that we got.

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And a couple more pictures from the garden:

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Elisabeth trying to get the perfect shot.
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Another close-up of a flower. So vibrant! This flower reminded me of fresh peaches.

We decided to make our way home, we still had groceries to buy and supper to make! But first, we walked by Oostpoort (Eastern Gate).

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The Eastern Gate. Picture by Elisabeth.

This is the only remaining town gate in Delft, and was built around 1400. The tower was raised and fitted with high spires between 1510-1514 and the gatehouse itself was connected to the town wall, with a wall walk. It was restored in 1962-1964 and now serves as a private house and art gallery.

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There were houseboats all along the water next to the gate. I admired them for quite some time, dreaming of what it would be like to live in one of them. I love house boats!
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A duck swimming around the gate.

Finally we got back to the train station and headed home.

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Although it was a peaceful day, I think we were all still tired from our trip to Amsterdam the day before.

In the evening, we were privileged to have a meal (3 courses!) cooked for us by Philipp. He’s a pretty awesome cook!

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Philipp cooking away at the stove.

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Salmon fillet on a bed of sautéed vegetables (green peas, onion, sprouts) with a lemon slice and a dollop of crème fraîche. This first course was my favourite – I rarely eat salmon because David isn’t a very big fan of fish. But I just love fish.

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Next we had a salad with a dressing made of pumpkin seed oil, vinegar, and salt. Scrumptious! The chicken was coated with coffee, salt, and pepper. VERY good!IMG_7907

Finally, we had this delicious pasta dish. Mushroom cream sauce with fresh pasta and steak.

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Philipp – you’re the best cook I know! Thanks for sharing your skills with us!

After that meal, we were all ready to relax and head to bed. We travelled to Schiphol early the next morning so they could catch their flight back to Austria. I always have a really hard time saying goodbye to these two – they live so far away from us when we’re in Canada, and they’re our closest friends. I may have sobbed as we parted ways…

We love you guys, and we’re so glad you could come for a weekend and explore Holland with us! Can’t wait to see you again soon!

Next year, Cuba?

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