Amsterdam + Delft + Den Haag
|Near Centraal Station in Amsterdam|
She's a dayyyyyy tripper. Mr. Nolandia and I struck out one fine morning to explore some other cities besides the great and mighty Amsterdam. We were especially geeked about Delft, because we wanted to get our hands on some unbelievably pricey hand-painted ceramics because we are, truthfully, two old women.
The train from the Centraal Station in Amsterdam to Delft is about 45 minutes or so, and not too expensive. After we arrived in Delft, we asked a courteous Albert Heijn employee where we could find the Delft factory. Which was stupid. Dumb-dumb American tourists might call it that, but it is officially known as De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, basically "Royal Delft Porcelain". Terrence found the video portion of the factory tour fascinating, but I just wanted to get my hands on some of that sweet, sweet porcelain.
After that, although Delft is a sweet and sleepy little place there really wasn't a whole lot to do. We were hungry though, and we hit the jackpot. Just the loveliest little vegetarian restaurant with 100% the greatest brownies I have ever eaten in my entire life, and that is saying something you guys.
The Living has a small buffet style set up where you dish your own food and they charge you by weight. The homemade chai is ridiculously delicious and again, THE BROWNIES.
We hopped back on the train and headed to The Hague, or Den Haag, if you wanna get real about it. We were headed for The Mauritshuis, which is home to both Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Goldfinch by Fabritius. Our personal favorite in the collection is by Willem Van Haecht, and it's called Apelles Painting Campaspe.
After a look around the city and a stop for a Belgian beer or two, (La Chuff, amirite?) and then we hopped back on the train back to old Amsterdam for a stroopwafel and maybe some more appeltaart.
xx see you next week for a recipe. (it's good. Like, REAL good.)