Amsterdam Impressions 3: Daytrips with Delft and Windmills

May 23, 2013

Delft plate with windmills

Delft plate with windmills

"In the Month of July" showing a windmill on a polder waterway by Paul Joseph Constantin Gabriel, Rijksmuseum collection

“In the Month of July” showing a windmill on a polder waterway by Paul Joseph Constantin Gabriel, Rijksmuseum collection

Think of Holland and you think of windmills and the distinctive blue and white of Delft pottery.  We saw both by using Amsterdam as a base for daytrips to the town of Delft and to Zaanse Schans.

There are over 1150 working windmills in the Netherlands.  Zaanse Schans, a short bus ride (bus 391) from Amsterdam, is a “living history” destination with the opportunity for a close-up look at several old windmills.

The windmills of Zaanse Schans

The windmills of Zaanse Schans

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By covering the blades with canvas, the windmill catches more wind.

By covering the blades with canvas, the windmill catches more wind.

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We took the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Delft.  The train, filled with commuters going to the Hague, was a smooth, quiet ride.  We saw a few fields of yellow daffodils from the train windows.

The central train station in Amsterdam

The central train station in Amsterdam

Commuters reading the newspaper on the train

Commuters reading the newspaper on the train

Fields of yellow daffodils

Fields of yellow daffodils

Audrey and I both loved Delft.  On the day we visited, there was a general market in the main square, an outdoor flower market, and a flea market.  Our main activities there were strolling, looking, and nibbling.

"The Little Street" by Johannes Vermeer showing a street in Delft, from the Rijksmuseum collection

“The Little Street” by Johannes Vermeer showing a street in Delft, from the Rijksmuseum collection

 

Shop selling Delftware

Shop selling Delftware

Painter at one shop demonstrating the art of Delft painting

Craftsman at one shop demonstrating the art of Delft painting

Detailed painting

Detailed painting

Delftware with tulips

Delftware with tulips

At the Delft flower market

At the Delft flower market

Delft flower market

Delft flower market

So many cheese shops, Delft and everywhere in Holland

So many cheese shops, Delft and everywhere in Holland

Rhubarb for sale at a green grocer in Delft

Rhubarb for sale at a green grocer in Delft

Old windows, Delft

Old windows, Delft

Stone surface in the market square, Delft

Stone surface in the market square, Delft

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer with kaleidoscope effect.  Vermeer was born in Delft.

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer with kaleidoscope effect. Vermeer was born in Delft.

Another view from the train window on the ride back to Amsterdam

Another view from the train window on the ride back to Amsterdam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Responses to “Amsterdam Impressions 3: Daytrips with Delft and Windmills”

  1. Janet Foss Says:

    So enjoying your travels, really love the flowers and all the markets, but I must admitt you gave me a whole new perspective on wasabi, I asked my husband what’s wasabi? He said peas, I knew that wasn’t so, but that is how I’ve mainly seen it. I was surprised to learn its related to horseradish, but then when you think about it, it makes sense. I bet wasabi cheese is awesome.

  2. Diana Studer Says:

    I’m so much enjoying your journey, and your unique eye for capturing images. Were there any watercolours? Would you paint from your photos?

    • Rosemary Says:

      My intentions to paint on the road were not realized. Once again, I’ve failed to create a travel journal of sketches. I do intend to paint from my photos in the coming year. One of these days I will figure out how people paint and travel at the same time.

  3. shoreacres Says:

    That last photo, I truly thought was a painting. I do love the windmills – and the town of Delft. The Delft painting, not so much. If only it were green instead of blue! 😉

    • Rosemary Says:

      That last photo was taken through the dirty windows of a moving train. I was just happy to get the shot, even if it is not as crisp and sharp as I would have liked. This might have given it a more painterly look though. I just loved the pattern of the line of bare trees. I hope to make a painting from this photo someday.


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