The Charming, Canal-Ringed, Home Of The World-Famous Delftware Pottery
Grote Markt (Market Square), Delft, Netherlands. January 18, 2016
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love rail travel in Europe. Frequent, fast, comfortable and affordable. Today, and after a final Sunday morning & early afternoon parting scoot around the historic centre of Bruges, I boarded a train to Antwerp, stashed my bags in its impressive train station, paid a fleeting visit to the historic centre of the city, and was shortly thereafter on a train to my present location of Delft, via Rotterdam, in Holland. Three cities & trains, two countries, one day & no hassle. Just like that. I love travelling when I’m travelling; I love getting places as well as the places themselves. So today was my kind of day.
Renowned for its canals & world-famous for its Delftware, Delft is a relaxed & canal-ringed city in the western Netherlands. Charming doesn’t even begin to describe this place, a small, manageable city that almost doesn’t feel real. Indeed, at times Delft is so idyllic that you feel like you’re walking around a movie set, a mock-up of picture-perfect Netherlands. This is especially true at night when the canals, most of which are too small to be navigable by anything other than Delft’s resident ducks, are nicely illuminated with twinkling fairy lights. People zip around on bikes with a smile on their faces, no one seems to be in a hurry, the streets are quiet (even though there’s seemingly a university around here somewhere), and places open late, if at all. It’s all a bit too relaxed.
Grote Markt (Market Square), Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) & City Hall
I was in a rush once I disembarked the train in Delft from Antwerp, Belgium, to get to the city’s gorgeous Grote Markt (Market Square) in a bid to catch the last light of the day.
– The Rough Guide to Netherlands
As expected, given that it is the manufacturing base for Delftware, the world-famous hand-painted blue-and-white pottery, options abound in Delft itself to stock up on all things blue-and-white.