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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Delft, The Netherlands (Show me your Neighbourhood Around the World series)

Show me your neighbourhood around the world

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.










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16 comments:

  1. Wonderful pictures. It looks like you used to live in a great place and your feelings for the place really come through the images and your description.

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    1. Hi Stephen, thank you for your comment. Delft is amazing, and luckily we didn't move that far away from it. I can't tell you how great I feel where I go there!

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  2. You are making me homesick! Thanks for the tour, Olga!

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    1. Hi Lorie, thanks for commenting! It's been my pleasure to take pictures of this beautiful town and show them on my blog. I miss you, too!

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  3. Wow, what a gorgeous place to live! I can see why you miss it! Beautiful buildings, and how wonderful to have all those canals.

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    1. Hi Leanna, thank you for commenting! Delft is amazing! And it is so full of contrasts: it is traditional and international. It is old and modern at the same time. It is old and new (both because of the University). I love it!

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  4. Gorgeous photos! I visited a friend in Delft last year (sadly she doesn't live there any more) and we visited both the old and the new church.

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    1. Hi Bevchen, thank you for your comment. A pity your friend doesn't liev in Delft anymore, you'd have an excuse to go back there! But then you don't need an excuse to go to Delft!

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  5. Such a beautiful neighbourhood, I just love the canal!

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    1. Hi Becky, thank you for stopping by. The canal (or should I say the canals) are indeed beautiful! It is such a joy to live here!

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  6. This post is so interesting for me to see. I live in NYC and our surrounds are much different. So nice to see how life looks around the globe.

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    1. Hi Lyla, glad to hear that you found my post interesting. I've never been to NYC, but would love to visit it one day- I have heard so much about this city!I bet it looks different from little Delft. I was also raised in a big city and miss it sometimes! And you are right, it is so great to see how people around the world are living- check out other posts in this series!

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  7. What a beautiful place! I love that bicycles are the main mode of transport and I love the canals! Thank you for this stunning tour!

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    1. Hi Jody, thank you for stopping by. Yes, it is a stunning place and I am lucky to live so close to it. The canals are indeed fantastic and the Netherlands are generally very bike friendly. I was very happy to participate in this series because Delft is just so beautiful and I wanted to show it to everybody!

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  8. I miss AH... Out of the many supermarkets there are in the world, AH is one I like best. Because everyone has a favourite supermarket in the world, right? :-)

    Thank you for showing us around a very lovely place.

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    1. Hi Mina and welcome! I also like Albert Heijn, especially the bigger ones have a great choice of products. The one close to my place is much smaller but I still buy a lot of my groceries there. I love the idea of having a favourite supermarket! Did you live in the Netherlands, Mina?

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