Amsterdam and Delft

Amsterdam © Photowitch | Dreamstime.comAmsterdam

World-famous, canals, pretty bridges, and almost as many bicycles as tourists. That’s Amsterdam in a nutshell. Part of the fun of being there is just: being there…. 🙂

Spend a few hours just walking around the old centre, cross however many bridges you want to and get a feel for the place. Explore the flower and food markets, and munch your way through freshly baked Dutch favourites such as hot stroopwafels (syrup waffles) orpoffertjes (mini puffy pancakes). If you’re really brave, do what the locals do and much your way through some local raw herring. Take a ride on the trams and go roller-blading around Vondelpark. Finish off your Amsterdam Experience by taking a trip on a canal boat – you’ll be surprised how different the city looks from the water-line.

Delft, © Anthony Baggett | Dreamstime.comDelft

Visit Delft, the home of the Royal Family. Well, they are all buried there, so I guess that makes it their home – sort of…. 🙂 One of the royal ancestors, William I, Prince of Orange, was actually assassinated here, and you will still find the bullet holes in the wall where the deed was done….

Delft is also world famous for the tiles and pottery that used to be made there, logically called ‘Delft Blue’ and was home to the painter Vermeer. It’s a beautiful small town, a bit like a mini Amsterdam with slightly less tourists perhaps. 🙂