We then took off for Delft, the exit for which is marked on the highway by a big dorky DELFT written out in daffodils. We parked and walked through a normal little neighborhood that I thought was so sweet and interesting and kept taking pictures of. Then we got to the center and everything was even better. The weather alternated between pouring rain and sun, so the photos look like a selection from different days, but they were all just within a few hours of each other!
|Delft Apr 10|
For lunch we had fish and chips at an orange-decorated place right on the big market square, and the super-friendly guy there told us where to look for some fresh stroopwafels for dessert. (We were also entertained in the restaurant by a little old British lady at another table who asked if they accepted pounds sterling.) Following his instructions we found a market with vegetables, hot food, and what we wanted, stroopwafels!! Yum. We also picked up some fresh bulbs for free - we got some daffodils at the bookstore when I picked up my requisite souvenir (a Dutch name book - a really nice, thorough one too!) and Cliff and Sarah got some hyacinths when they bought coffee. Cool!
After a little more exploration of Delft, we checked out Gouda - home of the cheese, of course, but also the place where stroopwafels were invented! They have an awesome 15th-century town hall which rivals Wernigerode's in spikiness.
|Gouda Apr 10|
We stepped into their cheese museum, which used to be a cheese-weighing building, but it was about to close so we just perused the gift shop for a bit to get out of the rain. We ended up with a delicious little wheel of chili gouda. (Note to potential purchasers of this kind of cheese: don't bother with the chili kind, it's not spicy at all!) As we explored the town more it actually started to thunder so we stopped for drinks at Cafe Central. Afterward, back to The Hague to relax, dig into that cheese and plan for the next day!
Coming soon: The Keukenhof and the sea!
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