Delft: Holland in Bloom

Trip Start Aug 18, 2011
Trip End Jul 02, 2012

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Flag of Netherlands  , Zuid-Holland,
Sunday, April 29, 2012

We decided to take a train south to Delft so that I could show everyone a Dutch city without all of the hustle and bustle and tourism of Amsterdam. Don't get me wrong, Amsterdam is great and it's my favorite city in the Netherlands, but it's nice to see how people in the smaller cities live to get a feel for the country.

The train ride to Delft was neat because the tulips were in bloom, so we got to see some of beautiful fields covered with various colored tulips. I'd already been to Delft with my Aunt Kay and I loved the city's small and quaint feel, and it was nice to experience it again with my Mom, who loves Delftware - the blue porcelain the the city is known for.

We went into some of the shops around the Market Square and found an interesting clock shop with antique grandfather clocks and a Delftware shop in a building with the original painted ceiling from the Dutch Golden Age (roughly the 1600s). Delft was a major decently sized industrial center in Holland when Amsterdam was still just a small village, and you can definitely feel that age difference in the buildings around the Delft compared to those in Amsterdam. 

The last remaining Delftware company that has been continually running from the Dutch Golden Age is called De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, which somehow baffling to me translates into 'Royal Delft.' The company was founded in 1653 by David Anthonisz van der Pieth. The girls bought some Royal Delft porcelain in the store with the painted ceiling, where the shopkeeper was really interesting to talk to and very friendly. Then we walked to the factory where they give tours, but we just missed the last one, so we settled with checking out the store. 

Afterwards, we walked to the Oostpoort or 'East Gate,' the last remaining gate of the old city wall. It was built around 1400. It had been cold, cloudy and sprinkling rain that day, so after that we decided to take the train back to Amsterdam. I was so happy to get to see the city and the Delftware with Mom. I think she felt like she was in heaven with all of the porcelain.

Overall, I think everyone really enjoyed the Netherlands and that made me really happy to see them enjoying the country I've come to love.
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