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.
There weren’t many people around when we first arrived in Delft.
That is, until we got to Markt Square!
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.
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.
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!
After we finished up looking around Markt Square, we decided to take a stroll through other parts of Delft.
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.
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!
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.
And a couple more pictures from the garden:
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).
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.
Finally we got back to the train station and headed home.
In the evening, we were privileged to have a meal (3 courses!) cooked for us by Philipp. He’s a pretty awesome cook!
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.
Finally, we had this delicious pasta dish. Mushroom cream sauce with fresh pasta and steak.
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?