Recently we decided to get the train to the charming and quaint little city of Delft. Via the train it’s about fifteen minutes from where we are living in Rotterdam – being an Australian it’s crazy to think that a mere fifteen minutes away is a COMPLETELY different city with its own personality and vibe.
Delft was great to see with its traditional Dutch canals and atmosphere, it was more then worth the 15 minute trip. You may have heard of Delft, it’s especially famous for a couple of reasons. The Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (of The Girl with the Pearl Earring fame) lived and painted his whole life here, and Delft also produces the well known Dutch pottery known as “Delftware”.
Luckily we brought the camera along, so you get to see our visit to Delft through the eyes of our camera lens. We had a lot of fun!
The great thing about The Netherlands is it’s just so EASY to pop off to Amsterdam for an evening if the mood strikes you. From Rotterdam it’s about an hour and ten minutes on the train and you can do it even quicker if you catch a high speed train called the ‘Fyra’ which takes under an hour to complete the trip.
I’ve already talked a lot about Amsterdam and some of the things you can get up to there, so I won’t get into that to much here.
We were sitting in the lovely pub in Delft and we spontaneously thought, ‘Why don’t we just carry onto Amsterdam instead of going home?’. I love that about Europe.
Trudy said she was talking to a colleague at work and he grew up in a city called Leiden (which is 20 minutes away from Amsterdam) – he didn’t go to Amsterdam until he was 18. To me that is just mind boggling – I mean going to Sydney, Melbourne or Perth from Brisbane in Australia can take hours on the plane. But to not visit your capital when it’s 20 minutes away on the train is just crazy!
I’ll let the photos tell the tale of our evening in Amsterdam.
If there is one thing to love about The Netherlands and Europe in general it’s that everything is so close. You can spend weekends in Paris or London with ease, and you can travel the country by train on the weekends.
Distance no longer gets in the way of spontaneous travel!