Tuesday, February 20, 2018

When in Delft




We loved Delft. It was a lovely find during our summer vacations
 through Holland! If I could have changed the plans, we would have 
spent more time in this lovely gem of town. Not only charmingly 
beautiful but also easy to explore: very walkable. 
And how lucky we were with the weather!


Once at the market square, we stood in front of this Blue Heart, 
the heart of the city, a lovely artwork the colour of which  comes
 from the Delft blue tiles.




We got a feeling of the place so quickly! Just a few cobbled steps into
 the town, we landed on a beautifully spacious square with an animated 
flea market, street performers and the sun embellishing it all.
 I don’t recall a more delicious caramel cream pancake than the one
 I indulged in there.






The narrow paths and the quaint 18th century Dutch abodes form
 an embrace around the visitor, a sight so appealing that even
 Vermeer couldn’t help but be inspired from.  




And boats row along green mossy canals as if on a grass carpet.






More often than not, it is these small cities that are our favourite,
 where you are not overcome by the size of things and there is
 no need to hustle. 










Hard to take a photo without a bike in it!



The beauty of Holland is not a gift from nature as is the case with
 Greece. It is solely the work of Dutch hands which with aesthetic
 sense and intelligence have created greatness. 


Next time, I will take you to my spring country garden.
Until then
O

27 comments:

  1. So very pretty and so clean. Beautiful photos. We visited Brugges for a day trip and that was very pretty too. I live in a small town, but about the turn of this century the council decided the town centre needed an re-vamp and it's very OTT now. It's like they started and just couldn't stop adding things! It used to be so quaint

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    1. I agree that the places which have kept their original character are really precious and a renovation isn't always successful.Thanks for commenting.

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  2. Bonjour,

    Une très belle visite grâce à vos merveilleuses photos.
    La vue également de la présence de ce superbe soleil apporte une belle note d'optimisme.

    Gros bisous 🌸

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  3. I wish I could pop over for some photography lessons, your photos are stunning. And the details! The cacti stand, the book market, that bench with the cat, what any eye you have my friend.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Your compliments are overwhelming Amalia!I'm only an amateur inspired by the beauty around me.You encourage me and I thank you so much for this.

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  4. Nice series of photos of Delft, the place where my son-in-law grew up and where I go sometimes for shopping. Delft is only a 20 min. drive from my home.

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    1. You are lucky to live near such beautiful places like Delft.

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  5. Love your photos. It feels good to see green trees and zero snow.
    Hugs from here

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    1. Hope spring is nearing and you are bidding farewell to the winter wonderland that beautiful Norway is.

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  6. A very charming series of photos - it looks like a lovely place to visit. I have one little piece of delft - a bulb pot that I treasure. xx Karen

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  7. Your photos tell the story, really does look like a sweet and cosy place definitely worth visiting. Best.

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  8. Yes delft is a Great city...live it too...have a Nice weekend love Ria x

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  9. Αχ μου λειπει η Ολλανδια ...πολυ ομορφες φωτογραφιες !!!
    ήσουν και τυχερή βλέπω είχε καλό καιρο ....
    να εισαι καλα και να περνας παντα ομορφα

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  10. What a lovely tour of Delft you provided today. I am watching it rain and hail and try and make up its mind whether to be spring or winter. . .this was a lovely escape!

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  11. What a lovely and beautiful place! Never been to Netherlands...
    Have a great weekend, take care!
    Titti

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  12. Lieve Olympia,

    Leuk om te lezen en te zien aan je prachtige foto's dat jullie genoten op een zomerse dag van de prachtige Prinsenstad Delft.
    Ja, bij ons kun je niet om alle fietsende mensen heen,het vervoermiddel bij uitstek om ergens te komen in de drukke steden omdat je een fiets veel makkelijker kwijt kan dan een auto.
    Het groene tapijt van Lemna(eendenkroos)op het water is het kleinste bloeiende plantje op Aarde,het vermeerdert zich heel snel en zit boordevol eiwitten. Dat is precies wat de wereld nodig heeft. ‘Dit voelt goed,omdat het binnen afzienbare tijd een oplossing kan bieden', volgens onderzoekster van Universiteit Wageningen.

    Lieve groet,
    Ger

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    1. So interesting to know about these lovely trees in bloom. Didn't know that!I'm so glad you enjoyed the pictures I took from Delft.I'm always so happy to hear from you dearest Ger. Hope life treats you well. Wishing you a happy new month and a happy countdown to warmer and brighter days.
      Greeting from me and my family.
      Olympia

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  13. Lovely pictures! Can you believe I have never been there? Shame on me! The book markets seems great!

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  14. Lovely to wander through Delft with you. I first visited there in the late 60's it would be lovely to revisit it. That blue heart is very eye catching! Sarah x

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  15. Dear Olympia,

    Delft looks so charming and can see why you would want to spend more time here.
    Love the Delft ware, the quaint house, bicycles and the canals. Thanks for showing us and appreciate the kind visit to my blog.
    Happy new week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  16. I just loved seeing your pics, all so beautiful. They were all taken me in to enjoy your trip around Delft, I really loved the kitten curled up on the bench. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. It looks so lovely ...
    Great selection of photographs for your blog readers to enjoy.
    Thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  18. Thanks for showing us beautiful places in this famous old city.

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