A Day in Delft

Another lovely town in the Netherlands, Delft, is best known for its blue pottery (Delftware). Delft is also known as the home of painter Johannes Vermeer (The Girl with the Pearl Earring), and scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (the father of Microbiology). The canals throughout the Netherlands provide a place for waterfowl to thrive, as seen in Delft with the swan family we came upon, and the lovely little coots.

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Lest We Forget

Ottawa War Memorial

In Flanders Fields

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

For the Love of Leiden

My husband and I visited the Netherlands this past summer; our favourite place was the charming University city of Leiden. We spent several days in Leiden, strolling, eating and relaxing. Like everywhere else in the Netherlands, Leiden is very pedestrian and bicycle friendly; as people who love living car-free, we have great respect for the excellent Dutch transit system and their love of bicycles!

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