This morning we began by walking up to Amsterdam’s Noordermarkt, which on Saturdays is a farmers’ market.


The Amsterdam potter Anna Preuss has a stall there and we bought a beautiful jug. I haven’t taken a picture as it’s all wrapped up – I’ll show you when we get home.

We then headed to Amsterdam Centraal Station and bought train tickets for Delft.

Delft is about an hour by train from Amsterdam and was home to the great Dutch artist Jan Vermeer, Delft blue pottery, and is the burial place of William of Orange. This is the town square with the Niewe Kerk, with the second tallest church spire in The Netherlands.

I did my best Griet impression in the centre of the square  (Tracy Chevalier’s Girl With a Pearl Earring).

The town hall.

The Oude Kerk.

Every Saturday there’s a flea market.

Plenty of things to look at!

A lovely canal.

Swans and cygnets!

A shady square.

We took a walk out of the centre of town to visit the Royal Delft Pottery – the last remaining of some seventy or so Delft potters from the 17th century.

You get to see the Delft workshop.

These pots are at the “drying” stage.


The best Delftware is hand painted by artisans with at least ten years’ experience.

They also have a museum.

Tableaux made of Delft tiles.

We bought a Delft vase while we were there – hand painted of course! It’s wrapped up at the moment so I’ll show it to you when we get back home.