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A Day in Delft

overcast 16 °C

It may be September, and the spring tulips a long way off, but the Netherlands are still in bloom. Fields of fall flowers make a colourful patchwork amid the dairy pastures as we ride the double-decker train to Delft. The unmistakably Dutch landscape is criss-crossed by dykes and dotted with picturesque windmills like this....
But this is an environmentally conscious nation, so it's not surprising that dozens of modern wind turbines march across the marshland and spin the breeze into electricity. Sixteen and half million people live in a space smaller than Vancouver Island, with a fifth of it below sea level, so the Dutch have good reasons to take care of the environment and stop the warming climate from raising the oceans. Houses, roads and cars are tiny by North American standards - no one in their right mind drives an SUV or a pick-up - and with fuel pushing $3.00 Cdn a litre most people are happy to walk or take a bike. So when we arrived in Delft we rented bikes. Here we are with our Gabriolan friends, Gary and Jane, cycling alongside the canals of Delft...
Then we stopped for a traditional Dutch meal of thinly sliced roast beef and fried eggs on toast - delicious. After lunch we listened to some hot jazz in a traditional bar, then wandered the historic downtown where almost all the Dutch royalty are buried.
This is the medieval hall in the city centre....
Delft is a delightful small city which is world famous for its blue chinaware...
...but there's plenty of cheese here as well. In fact there is plenty of cheese everywhere in the Netherlands.
Almost every meal contains cheese and mouthwateringly excellent cheeses of every kind fill the stores and market stalls. But the cheese is not just great it is also incredibly inexpensive compared to Canadian cheese ...
Looks good enough to eat doesn't it! Go on... treat yourself - Take a bite!

Posted by Hawkson 00:53 Archived in Netherlands

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You must have known about meeting Gary and Jane there, ( I didn't) even at that, what a coincidence, and I am sure a nice one, I like these two people a lot. Yeah, the cheese, it is mouth watering indeed; and I can't quite understand the cheese price politics of Canada, outrageously expensive, for o reason.
Keep on riding.. enjoy.

by gottfried

I could have been biking with you had I not been crazy enough to cycle in Croatia. Those hills/mountains look much more imposing in real life than they did on the photos. Arrived two hrs ago and it is beautiful. I like the idea that we are on the same time zone. I love your beautiful pictures and poetic descriptions. Hugs, Trudy

by Trudy

Ohhhhh, the cheese! The cheese! Looks wonderful. Lovely to meet up with friends. Trudy, Croatia? You are an adventurer!

by Sharron

Looks like a beautiful spot and your pics are lovely.

by Janet

Looks fabulous - though you have warmer clothing on than you have had for the last two months! Love the shot of the windmill and, as always, love the food shots.

by Tom

Great to see you are able to ride still enjoy the beautiful countryside of Holland!

by David Henderson

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