Delftware is a type of earthenware traditionally decorated with a blue and white glaze. It was first made early in the 17th century at Delft.
At the peak of the Delftware history, there were about 32 workshops in Delft. The most famous one still left today, is the Porceleyne Fles. At the Royal Porceleyne Fles, you can see how Delftware is made by hand.Related to:
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MOOI WEER SPELEN - NICE WEATHER GAMES
June 6, 7 en 8, 2008
The Historic city of Delft again hosted street Theatre, dance, circus acts, visual theatre and arts. What makes the festival MOOI WEER SPELEN so unique is the diversity of performances and locations around the town. Most performances are free to attend.
A real fun and entertaining act was the "MAD MAX" crew performing on the Market Square in front of the Stadhuis. Children and adults alike squealed with delight as they drove among the crowds in their crazy mackines. What fun!
One special customer and you're in the family
In the Netherlands some shops have a large coat of arms hanging above their door or shopwindow. This sign says then "Hofleverancier", which means that this shop or business sells products or gives services to the Royal Dutch family. The signs are spread throughout the Netherlands, but especially seen in the residential areas where the queen now lives or where a former ruler was living. These areas are: The Hague and surroundings (incl. Delft), Soest and surroundings (Amersfoort, Utrecht, Hilversum) and Apeldoorn and surroundings (Arnhem, Deventer).
Renovations within the Constraints of History
Along the Oude Canal, which must be the Delft high-rent district, we found quite remarkable the facade renovations in what must be protected sites. The reconstructions are unmistakably modern in style, especially the windows, but honor their heritage. Many interiors have been gutted and rebuilt from the foundations up.
Vogel Boom Boot en Water
This modern sculpture by one Hans Kuyper occupies the major corner of the Delft town center shopping district one block off the Markt. It features a bird, a tree, a boat, and water symboizing the Delft of centuries ago when the site was occupied by a canal.
It is difficult to understand why famed and well-preserved medieval cities would place sculptures and other artworks so shockingly discordant in their city centers ( think Salzburg for example ).
Markets In Delft
The city has a number of open markets throughout the week, and sometimes can add some fun to shopping - these markets deal in everything from flowers and plants to arts and antiques.
GENERAL MARKET: Takes on the Markt on Thursdays with some 140 stalls. This then moves to both the Brabantse Turfmarkt and the Burgwal with approximately 50 stalls on a Saturday.
FLOWER AND PLANT MARKET: This takes place on the Hippolytusbuurt on Thursdays.
ANTIQUES, CURIOUSITIES AND BOOKS: This only takes place between April and September each year on the Hippolytusbuurt, Voldersgracht and Wijnhaven.
ART MARKET: Again only held between April and September, on a Saturday on the Heilige Geestkerkhof.
FLEA MARKET: Once again only held between April and September, and this is held weekly on the SITA grounds, Shieweg 60.
Johannes Vermeer and his painting style
Johannes Vermeer is the painter that became well known for his special use of light in his masterpieces. Johannes lived on the Market in the house called "Mechelen" and here is were he invited many (also famous) colleagues. Later he married in Delft (cq Schipluiden) with Catherina Bolnes (1653) and they had children and lived happily in Delft.
Students, around four year of monumental living
Students in the Netherlands often choose to stay in their university of HBO town. This means that in these towns often there is a shortage in rooms and appartments, especially within the centre. Though in the suburbs often prices are relatively lower, public transport is good and given space is often larger, students want to be PER SE in the centre (this no doubt has something to do with the fact thata here is the nightlife, the cafe's and other entertainment). In the Netherlands it's quite usual that buildings (monuments included) are prepared with student rooms. At the first floor a shop is present, while a separate staircase leads to the simple living quarters at the second and top floors. Sometimes living in such location can be quite spectacular.
The mixture between old and new
Everybody is allowed it's own opinion, but sometimes I get a little bit sad when I see things like in the picture attcahed to this tip. Artists, modern artists especially, always seem to be unable to "fit in" and their works sometimes can truely be ruining the atmosphere of a historic centre. The city administration is even quite inconsequent in thoughts, when they try to ban the cars from the monumental zones (to big contrast and disturbance to the picture), but allow these monstrous objects to be placed in the same spot. But okay, maybe there are people that enjoy these constrasting objects and the one placed here next to the New Church, isn't even that annoying.
Through narrow streets and alleyways
The described route in my To-Do-tips goes from place to place over nice roads and along the canals of Delft. However, sometimes it's necessary to walk through one of the many alleys that this historical town has. They can be shortcuts or swift connections to a certain monument outside the "beaten path". These alleys are nmot always the most beautiful places and in Delft are also used by cyclists (so, jump away in time - haha). They however always have been there as in the past times, cars were non excisting and inside town everything was done by foot, handwagon or dog car.
Student festivities and inaugurations
Students know how to party, that's well known. They however also know how to disturb other's people nightlife as if they are the only ones with the right to celebrate. Well, okay, this is maybe somewhat harsely said, as I too was a student and was going crazy within the student society. But still, one should reckon with the fact that if one goes out in university towns, especially in the beginning of the study year (August and September) there are many inauguration taking place that often also involve the public surrounding the "foetus" (a freshman) that is being "ontgroent" (inaugurated). He/she has to do all kinds of strange, sometimes even denegrating things. This also often is the case in batchelor parties. When you don't want your romantic evening to be disturbed by something like this, choose your establishments right or avoid university towns in these periods.
Sit in a wooden shoe
In Holland everybody wears wooden shoes. Yeah, right. Tourists love them so the shops keep the dream alive. Specialy for tourists there is a hughe wooden shoe on the market, left of the city hall. If you have little childeren you can take some lovely pictures, just put them in the clog and press the button.Related to:
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