You know those days where you just want to go somewhere, anywhere? This was one of those days.
Sitting on the couch the night before with my husband, trying to think of somewhere to go, we decided one thing: We wanted to see the beach. Side Note here: When my husband and I lived in the States, we absolutely loved going to the beach. It was our getaway. After a little research, we decided that we wanted to go to either the Hook of Holland or Scheveningen. However, we also wanted to see a city, but not too big of a city–I know we are picky–so we decided on Delft.
We the trip relatively planned, we ventured out the next morning around 9 a.m. with no real itinerary. After the first 45 minutes we decided to stop for breakfast at a ‘truck stop’. Basically, it is a gas station, fast food joint and a cafeteria called, La Place. We ate at La Place, where I had an apple puff and croissant with a Sisi (one of my favorite drinks here). My husband had a chicken sandwich and a banana shake. After this delicious quick bite, we got back on the road for the rest of our journey.
Only another an hour and a half, we had arrived in the city of Delft. A parking deck was not hard to find, so we parked right near the town square or “de Markt”. We walked towards the square and enjoyed the beauty of the churches and the calmness of the city. We had no map and no plan, just wanting to explore. This city has canals throughout, with shops and restaurants along the waterway. To me, this city is a combination of Masstricht and Amsterdam.
Mainly, we just walked around and found little alley ways to venture down. We came across a wind mill, some artwork, and a “Free Library”. Adventuring always makes us a little hungry, so we headed back towards the square for lunch and deciding what to do next. As we made it back, we remembered what one of the books my friend gave me, Day trips: Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg, about Delft. It talked about how the top tower of the ‘New Church’ (Nieuwe Kerk) has some of the best views of the city. I will say that the views from the top of the tower were well worth the hike up 376 steps. Fair warning: there is no lift and there is only one way up and down, and the tower stairway is a little tight.
The church was first constructed in the late 1300’s but was not finished until the mid 1600’s due to multiple incidents in which part of the church was lost (a city fire, the iconoclasm-‘Beeldenstorm’ in Dutch, and the Delft Thunderclap-gunpowder explosion). (oudenieuwekerkdelft.nl, 2018). Sitting at one side of the square, this church gives a great perception and view of the entire city. Including a bird’s eye view of the city hall (Stadhuis).
Now ‘New Church’ is not even the oldest church in the city. The ‘Old Church’, which is located about 500 meters north of the market, was founded in the mid 1200’s. This church is interesting because the tower is crooked because it was originally built on a canal line which makes it stand two meters off center. (oudenieuwekerkdelft.nl, 2018).
After adventuring up the tower of the ‘New Church’, we found a restaurant in the town square called, Het Konings Huys, where we had a snack of bitterballen and a few drinks. Just enjoying the people watching and planning our trip out to Schevenigen. As we were walking back to the car, we stopped in a few stores to look at the Delftware.
Only about 20 minutes from Delft, this large beach was a must see for us. After finding a parking deck right near the water, we walked towards the pier. Once we passed all of the shops and could actually see the water, we noticed this place called, Big Bell, right on the corner. Since our snack from Delft was long gone, we decided to eat there. I had a burger and my husband had a shrimp salad. Both were good but not great.
As our belly’s were now full, we decided to explore the pier and everything that entailed. So, this pier is two stories, the bottom part has snack places and kids play areas and the top has some snack places and adult kid play areas. By “adult kid play areas” I mean, there is a zip line, bungee jumping (into the sea) and a very large Ferris Wheel. Even though we didn’t do any of this things and simply just walked around, it was a fantastic time.
Making our way down to the beach itself, we wanted to walk in the water of the North Sea. Let me say that the water was VERY cold! But we walked in it anyway. It was worth it!
After spending about two hours just walking the beach and exploring, it was time for our day to come to a close. We finished our day with ice cream from a Ben and Jerry’s shop and headed home.
I can not wait to go back!
If any of you guys have been to the beaches in Holland, I am always looking for suggestions. Or if you know of more things that we should do next time, please leave a comment below.
Until next time, adventure awaits!
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