24 hours in Delft, Netherlands
We left Amsterdam and arrived in Delft just as the sun was starting to creep behind the trees and allowing that beautiful glow on the canals. At first glance, Delft was simply gorgeous. We walked to our quaint Inn right next to the main city square and then went out to explore.
Eat: One of our favorite meals throughout our entire European experience (well during this trip at least) was in Delft, a restaurant recommended by Lonely Planet, De Oude Jan. Of course, one of the main reasons why we loved it so much was because the boys were napping in their stroller while we were there, so it really felt like a date (a "nap date" as we call them). It was fantastic to sit and have an (inexpensive) glass of wine and eat a delicious salad. Matt enjoyed a local beer and burger. The view was great too. We comfortably sat outside under a little umbrella looking at Delft's old church dating from the 13th century... it was perfect. After dinner when the kids woke up from their naps we all got ice cream at the popular local shop Chocolaterie De Lelie. We chose this place because it always had a line down the street every time we walked by it- and it really was amazing... so creamy!
Explore: When we first arrived at the train station of Delft, the first thing we noticed was the old windmill in the distance. I don't know why we have such an obsession with windmills but there's something about them that feels so Dutch. I think it's really neat that Delft has a windmill right in the city (as most windmills are set a bit away).
Sleep: We stayed at a charming Inn called Hotel de Emauspoort. It was perfect for our family because it was centrally located right outside the city square, and we had a bedroom and loft with two beds for the boys to sleep (and a gate/railing around the stairs to keep them contained while they were up there). Our room overlooked one of the many canals that weaves throughout the small city and it definitely felt like "Europe". Our room was a tad bit (ok, very) outdated, although we felt that it really added to the charm of the whole experience so that didn't bother us one bit. Our biggest complaint was that there was no air conditioning. We did have nice big windows that we kept open most of the afternoon and early evening... until dusk came and the mosquitoes were out. Fortunately, it rained that next morning, which definitely cooled off the room, but the stuffy room made sleeping somewhat uncomfortable. Breakfast is included in your stay, and although simple, it was adequate for our family; the boys enjoyed eating some fresh fruit!