Hello hello! I'm about to embark on the solo portion of my trip by travelling to Paris today! I will be on my own in the city of love for five whole, glorious, macaron filled days. Today I've got the last of my Netherland adventures to share: my day trip to Delft! I just want to say that I loved the whole of Holland. It has endeared itself to me forever. There are nothing but nice people, beautiful canals and delicious cheeses (despite the waffles, the same cannot be said of Belgium...) I feel very lucky to have had such a fantastic time adventuring and exploring with my trusty tour guide. Alright, let's get down to business: Delft!
Delft is super easy to get to and is absolutely beautiful.
Sophie and I spent a few lovely hours in some rainy weather wandering around the city and enjoying it's culinary delights. It's definitely worth a train ride out, even in the rain. Sophie and I arrived in the evening so we missed out on the tourist shopping experience (I'm sure my wallet is pleased), which I think is one of the primary pulls (however, hot tip, for those so inclined Delft is the home of delftware and that ish was everywhere. So if you are in the market to buy some of that, Delft is your spot.) There are tons of little cafes, shops and places to sit and people watch. It's a beautiful little city and we had fun exploring it.
We visited the Oude Kerk (old church) just before it closed and got to take in the beautiful stained glass, domed ceiling and beautiful carvings. It was originally built in 1246 giving the "oude" some serious credibility. Sadly we didn't have time for Nieuwe Kerk (new church) which was built in the much more modern 1396. Nieuwe Kerk looms impressively over the town square and was nothing if not imposing and added an air of medievalness to our rainy evening.
Despite the description of canals and cobble stoned streets, it's a very different place than Amsterdam or Leiden. The whole city has a very medieval feel to it, a kind of quiet magic. My hunch is that on beautiful summer days it's swamped with tourists, but Sophie tells me that it's really a student town (reportedly a veritable hot bed of engineers). Apparently the boys from Delft favour the girls from Leiden. If you're looking for a Dutch romance plot line in your life: you're welcome!
After a bit of exploring and audible stomach rumbles, Sophie and I stumbled across De Sjees and their glorious heated patio. We made ourselves comfortable and ordered a few beers, Sophie chose Kriek and I went with an Orval, which is brewed at an abbey and is absoltuely delicious. The sampling of both was, unbeknownst to me, to be my foray into Belgian beers (it is now beknownst to me and I have thoroughly enjoyed several belgian brews and accompanying belgian hangovers). Our server looked exactly like Rosamund Pike and was so nice and sweet, endearing herself to us forever. The patio was not only heated but was equipped with soft, fleece throws to prevent the chill from seeping in. Sophie and I pretty much thought this was the greatest and had a marvellous time.
Pro traveling tip: When you go out to eat in The Netherlands, there are meals and then there are Snacks. Snacks are what we would probably call appetizers or small plates. So, if you ever find yourself at a restaurant and your server asks you if you want snacks, do not furrow your brow, just smile and say yes because at the very least it means you are getting krokets and fries with mayo. What is not good about this scenario? Snacks for everyone!
Basically: you should go to Delft (and just visit the Netherlands in general.) The End.
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