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This was my first visit to the beautiful city of Delft, can't wait to come here again, what a lovely place. The manky weather didn't dampen my spirits (all the photo's were taken within the first hour as it poured down on me for the rest of the day) I would imagine this town is absolutely heaving with tourists during the holiday season. I bumped into a few Americans in the various souvenir shops.
Delft is a fabulously old place, more than 750 years old. The city owes its name to the word 'delving', digging the oldest canal, the Oude Delft. The architecture here is lovely with the old and new towns completely separate. I began my day by exploring the wonderful maze of canals, spotting houses and boats I wish to buy when I win the lottery (when, not if!)
Then I made my way through the oldest part of the city to take snaps of the two churches in the centre - The Oude Kerk (old church) was built in 1240 and has the characteristic leaning tower you can clearly see in my photo's and the 'new church' or Nieuwe Kerk on the Market square which dates back to 1381 and is closely connected to the House of Oranje-Nassau, the Dutch Royal Family.
Imagine living here? yes please!
This church has the royal vault where the members of the royal family rest in peace. I shall definately be coming back here for the tour when I have my Jaap in tow. Although he may not be as pleased when I tell him I want to climb up the 108,75-metre high tower of the Nieuwe Kerk, but I shall soften the blow by booking a cruise on the canal boat to learn a little more about the history of Delft :-)