To tell you the truth, I don't live in Delft anymore so it is not exactly my neighbourhood. But I decided to include it instead of the place I am living now. The first reason is that almost all my friends live there and I visit often. Another reason is that because I've been living there for a few years, it still feels like home. And the last reason... it is one of the most beautiful and amazing places I've ever had the chance to live in. I think that when you see the pictures you'll understand why I chose this place instead of the town where I live. It is of course also amazing but it isn't Delft.
So now I am going to take you by the hand and show you my Delft.
1) a playground- this one is very close from the place we used to live. I mean, one of the places we used to live.
The playground is cute and even used to have little tricycles for the children to play with. It belongs to a community centre, called Sint Olofbuurt where we used to hold playgroups (sadly they got cancelled).
2) a local mode of transport. Delft has buses and trams, but the bicycle wins. Everybody cycles. The bicycles are often old and in weird colours but they also come in many interesting shapes, like the so called bakfiets on the second picture. Because Delft has so many canals, the bicycles often fall into the canals, get fished out, and look like the one on the third picture.
3) a typical house
Now I know the picture shows actually shows two houses, but this is the Netherlands. Back in the old days, taxes depended on how big the house was. So instead of building big houses, they build tall and narrow houses. The picture was taken in the marketplace of Delft. Oh Delft, I miss your narrow and beautiful houses!
4) a typical street
I think this picture captures a typical street of Delft perfectly.It has a canal, and narrow and old and beautiful houses.This particular street, called Oude Delft, also shows the world's smallest museum.
5) a daycare
I didn't dare to go inside, so you only see the windows- they're very nicely decorated for autumn, I think.
6) a supermarket
How could I not include the all-powerful Albert Heijn? Even though there are other supermarkets. I think that AH is the most famous one. Of course this particular one in the center of the city is situated in an old houses (yes, in several as you see). There is no canal on that street, but the canals are close enough.
7) a church.
Delft only has around 100.000 inhabitants. But it has three huge churches situated very close to each other. I am enclosing two pictures: on the first one is the Oude Kerk, the Old Church.The second one is the Nieuwe Kerk, the New Church. Of course, they are both old ,the difference is that the Old Church was build earlier than the New one- in 1246, as opposed to 1496, the year the New Church was finished. If you think that the church towers are crooked, you are right. They totally are.
And last but not least, I'm leaving you with my goodbye shot I took before I headed back home.