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Low key Delft provides historic Dutch perspective

The painter Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) was born in Delft; he used Delft streets and home interiors as the subject or background in his paintings

The painter Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) was born in Delft; he used Delft streets and home interiors as the subject or background in his paintings

Delftware epitomizes Dutch prosperity during the Golden Age in the 17th century; the distinctive blue and white pottery is seen everywhere and you can tour factories where it is still made today

Delftware epitomizes Dutch prosperity during the Golden Age in the 17th century; the distinctive blue and white pottery is seen everywhere and you can tour factories where it is still made today

The 1679 Molen de Roos is the only windmill left from the 18 that were once located in Delft; I stayed in Delft which was nice except the hotel didn't have AC and it was very hot

The 1679 Molen de Roos is the only windmill left from the 18 that were once located in Delft; I stayed in Delft which was nice except the hotel didn't have AC and it was very hot

Dutch dogs are happier than your average pooch since they get to go almost everywhere with their owner; the happiest are those in baskets on the front of bicycles with the ears blown back as they enjoy the ride

Dutch dogs are happier than your average pooch since they get to go almost everywhere with their owner; the happiest are those in baskets on the front of bicycles with the ears blown back as they enjoy the ride

The Dutch churches, like the New Church, are not ornate like those built in later centuries but make up for that austerity in sheer size

The Dutch churches, like the New Church, are not ornate like those built in later centuries but make up for that austerity in sheer size

The eastern gate, the only Delft gate remaining, is an example of Brick Gothic northern European architecture that was built around 1400; around 1510, the towers were enhanced with an additional octagonal floor and high spires

The eastern gate, the only Delft gate remaining, is an example of Brick Gothic northern European architecture that was built around 1400; around 1510, the towers were enhanced with an additional octagonal floor and high spires

The Renaissance-style Town Hall was built in 1620 and stands across the large market square from the New Church; on Thursdays the huge square has its weekly market day

The Renaissance-style Town Hall was built in 1620 and stands across the large market square from the New Church; on Thursdays the huge square has its weekly market day

More than 21,000 students attend Delft University of Technology; it was founded as an academy for civil engineering in 1842 by King William II

More than 21,000 students attend Delft University of Technology; it was founded as an academy for civil engineering in 1842 by King William II

Rick Steves said that if you spend the night anywhere in the Netherlands other than Amsterdam, then stay in Delft so I did; it was quiet and peaceful like he predicted

Rick Steves said that if you spend the night anywhere in the Netherlands other than Amsterdam, then stay in Delft so I did; it was quiet and peaceful like he predicted

Beloved Dutch ruler William I of Orange is buried in the New Church and all Dutch royalty after him are also in the crypt underneath the church although it's off-limits to visitors

Beloved Dutch ruler William I of Orange is buried in the New Church and all Dutch royalty after him are also in the crypt underneath the church although it's off-limits to visitors

Easy to see The Hague from the top of the New Church; Dutch cities are compact and relatively close together but separated by farmland (for now)

Easy to see The Hague from the top of the New Church; Dutch cities are compact and relatively close together but separated by farmland (for now)

At the top of the building on the right is an inscription noting that the first printed Dutch Bible was produced here in 1477; presumably the Subway wasn't here then

At the top of the building on the right is an inscription noting that the first printed Dutch Bible was produced here in 1477; presumably the Subway wasn't here then

Amsterdam's Schiphol airport is only 45 minutes away by train; it's cheaper to stay in Delft than Rotterdam, the Hague or Amsterdam

Amsterdam's Schiphol airport is only 45 minutes away by train; it's cheaper to stay in Delft than Rotterdam, the Hague or Amsterdam

Cool segways are actually mini school buses; each holds six kids and can more easily manage the streets in the city center which are largely free of cars

Cool segways are actually mini school buses; each holds six kids and can more easily manage the streets in the city center which are largely free of cars

Very large and luxurious, late Gothic private house with stone facade and a nice turret built in 1505; since 1645 it has been the seat of the Dyke Conservancy Board of Delfland

Very large and luxurious, late Gothic private house with stone facade and a nice turret built in 1505; since 1645 it has been the seat of the Dyke Conservancy Board of Delfland

The heart of Delft hasn't changed much in 500 years; outside the old city wall and moat, there are now new high-rise buildings going up as employers locate here to draw employees from both Rotterdam and The Hague

The heart of Delft hasn't changed much in 500 years; outside the old city wall and moat, there are now new high-rise buildings going up as employers locate here to draw employees from both Rotterdam and The Hague

Delft is considered the birthplace of microbiology thanks to Antonie van Leeuwenhoek who is generally credited with inventing the microscope; he was born in Delft in 1632 and died here at the age of 90

Delft is considered the birthplace of microbiology thanks to Antonie van Leeuwenhoek who is generally credited with inventing the microscope; he was born in Delft in 1632 and died here at the age of 90

For 150 years the spire of the Old Church was the tallest in town until the New Church was completed in 1496; the city of Delft has slightly more than 100,000 residents

For 150 years the spire of the Old Church was the tallest in town until the New Church was completed in 1496; the city of Delft has slightly more than 100,000 residents

The Liberation Window in the Old Church honors figures from World War 2; most of the stained glass in the church is Biblical in nature but this is one of two that isn't

The Liberation Window in the Old Church honors figures from World War 2; most of the stained glass in the church is Biblical in nature but this is one of two that isn't

Large private house originally built in 1565; the entrance was altered in the 18th century when it became the Latin School

Large private house originally built in 1565; the entrance was altered in the 18th century when it became the Latin School

Delft is very conveniently located midway between Rotterdam and The Hague; each is 20-30 minutes away by train and/or tram

Delft is very conveniently located midway between Rotterdam and The Hague; each is 20-30 minutes away by train and/or tram

Quaint Delft is a nice alternative if you want to avoid the tourist buses and big city crowds; it is much more manageable and easily seen than its larger neighbors

Quaint Delft is a nice alternative if you want to avoid the tourist buses and big city crowds; it is much more manageable and easily seen than its larger neighbors

You can barely see the Rotterdam skyline between the two spires; many huge Dutch churches, like this one, are no longer in use

You can barely see the Rotterdam skyline between the two spires; many huge Dutch churches, like this one, are no longer in use

The enormous market square looks more like one you'd find in Spain or Italy; it's several times larger than any other I've seen in the Netherlands

The enormous market square looks more like one you'd find in Spain or Italy; it's several times larger than any other I've seen in the Netherlands

The oldest part of the roof of the New Church is nicely painted; as best I can tell this would date to 1655 when the roof was replaced after a large store of gunpowder exploded nearby destroying the old roof

The oldest part of the roof of the New Church is nicely painted; as best I can tell this would date to 1655 when the roof was replaced after a large store of gunpowder exploded nearby destroying the old roof

The Netherlands has more bicycles than people with theft a big problem; tennis pro Michaella Krajicek, ranked 30 in 2008, was born in Delft

The Netherlands has more bicycles than people with theft a big problem; tennis pro Michaella Krajicek, ranked 30 in 2008, was born in Delft

The most recognizable feature of the Old Church is a 75-meter-high brick tower that leans about two meters from the vertical; it's been this way since it was first built and, supposedly, it's stable

The most recognizable feature of the Old Church is a 75-meter-high brick tower that leans about two meters from the vertical; it's been this way since it was first built and, supposedly, it's stable

The original stained glass windows were destroyed in a 1536 fire and their replacements broken in a thunderstorm in 1654; the current windows date from 1936 (they were removed during World War 2)

The original stained glass windows were destroyed in a 1536 fire and their replacements broken in a thunderstorm in 1654; the current windows date from 1936 (they were removed during World War 2)

In many cities, like Delft, the business centers are located next to the main train station; it is expensive to create parking garages so companies locate in an effort to discourage car use in favor of bikes or train

In many cities, like Delft, the business centers are located next to the main train station; it is expensive to create parking garages so companies locate in an effort to discourage car use in favor of bikes or train

Construction on the New Church began in 1393 and took more than 100 years to complete; of course, I climbed the 376 steps to get the best view in town

Construction on the New Church began in 1393 and took more than 100 years to complete; of course, I climbed the 376 steps to get the best view in town

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