Sunday, 30 April 2017

Last day of A to Z challenge, first day of vacation

Today with the Z, just on time on April 30th, I finished the A-Z challenge. Each year it's a real challenge, and each year I say I will start next year sooner. This year is no exception. So I will say it again: Next year I will give myself more time. Smile.

Today also my vacation begins. Well vacation... We will be in Leeuwarden for a few days and then move on to Arnhem for a few days as well. It will be nice to be gone almost a week. It seems a long time ago we went away, and we both need it... Smile again.

I hope you will enjoy the posts I made for the next week, as much as I did making them,
See you soon,


Delft Z - Zangkoren

In Delft there are .. choirs (zangkoren). Just a few:

Ars Vocalis: The Delft Chamber Choir Ars Vocalis sings mostly classical works from renaissance to the present. And then both worldly and religious music.

Cantiamo. Cantiamo Delft is a unique girl choir consisting of 40 girls aged 15 and 35. Enthusiasm and passion for music is characteristic of this particular group of girls. My own daughter sang for many years in this choir.

The Chamber Choir Delft Blue is a choir of enthusiastic, experienced singers with an interest in a wide-ranging a-capella repertoire. From Bach's Johannes Passion to Butans' Lux Aeterna, from Monteverdi and Purcell to Manneken and Poulenc: Delft Blue is happy to meet the challenge. In addition, the choir is socially involved with singing for and with the elderly, on the light evening in Delft and a singing bike ride along social institutions.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Delft Y - Yperstraat

Anyone that takes part in the A-Z challenge can tell you the Y is a difficult letter.

At last I found the Yperstraat in Delft. To be honest I had to look where it might be, never heard of Yperstraat, not that such a thing counts for something, but still...

Anyway, Yperstraat. Location in the middle of the inner city:

The name Yperstrtaat comes from the Belgian Textile workers who lived in Delft at the end of the sixteenth century. It was named after the Belgian town Ieper, or Yper. It certainly isn't one of the most beautiful streets in Delft. There are some big autorepair companies and the parking deck is not doing anything beautiful for this street:


Friday, 28 April 2017

Delft X - Xerxes DHC

In 1967 there was a football (soccer) club form Delft by the name of Xerxes DHC, Xerxes was from north Rotterdam and DHC was a soccer club from Delft. The played on an amateur level for a very, verly long time but in 1966 and 1967 Xerces DHC played in the professional Dutch league. Ok, It lasted two years and then they were broke and broken because of internal quarrels, but we are still very proud of those seasons.

And, no we did not win many games. But we played like lions...

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Delft W - Weather

Delft has a moderate maritime climate that is strongly influenced by the North Sea and the warm Gulf Stream. Due to this influence, summer and winter temperatures are relatively close to each other. In the summer months, the average daytime temperature is around 20 degrees Celsius. In winter, the average daytime temperature is a few degrees above the freezing point. Long periods of frost or night frost do not happen here on a regular basis.

gemiddelde maximum temperatuur (°C) (average max. temp)
gemiddelde mininum termperatuur (average min. temp.)
gemiddeld aantal uren zon per dag (average hours of sun a day)
gemiddeld aantal dagen neerslag per maand (average number of days rain a month)
gemiddeld aantal millimetres neerslag per maand (average number of mm rain a month)

Once a year from 23 until 25 June we have a big festival in Delft that is called "Mooi weer spelen". Acrobatics, plays, modern performance artists are taking part in this big outdoor Festival.
Unfortunately the weather is often so bad, you cannot talk about "nice weather games" Still, when it's nice outside it can be very cosy in Delft.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Delft V - Vinex wijken

Circa 5% of the population of Delft lives in the old inner city. The rest of us lives in the suburbs. "Vinex wijken" as they are called over here .

 The part that is called the "Binnenstad", (inner city) is just a small part of Delft. You see it on the top of this picture third on the right as well as third on the left. side of the city.

There are many paces where people found a place to live. I live in Tanthof Wet a very crowded place were there live so many people whey have to make huge flats to be able to properly house them. Buitenhof, Voorhof, Tanthof are consist mainly of high flatbuildings, the rest of Delft Wippolder, Hof van Delft, Vrijenban are more or less low buildings, but then again also often old buildings.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Delft U - Ultra small theatre

The smallest theatre is Delft is called Microtheater. And it does it's name justice.

It is an a very small alley near the New church and it's so small that if you wouldn't know you would pass it without a second glance.
The Microtheater was built in 1962 as a new accommodation for the Delft theatre company De Flits Due to the construction of the Saint Sebastian bridge, the part of the Ashvest, where the old Microtheater was located, the old building was demolished.

In the Church Street two old little houses were demolished to make way for the Microtheater. Contrary to what the design of the building suggests, the property has never been a warehouse. The large open-air doors on the first floor are designed to easily accommodate large decorative pieces.

In the Microtheater there is a foyer on the ground floor and on the upper floor there is a theatre with seating for 66 visitors. At the back of the building there is a wooden extension to the building in which the workspace of the lighting and sound technicians of the theater is located.

back of the building

Monday, 24 April 2017

Delft T - Tours of inner city

Well, of course there are many ways you can explore delft. You can walk on your own, be amazed by the many canals and beautiful bridges, make wonderful photo's and let you lead to the most interesting tourist attractions.

The second way is to hire a guide for a city walk. There are many walks with or without a guide. A guide is really cheap it's about 5 euro for a walk in the city and they show you places where you would not come if you are just wandering around.
There are also William of Orange walks, Vermeer walks with or without a headphone that tell you all interesting things about what you see,

And last but not least there are these boat canal trips that are - quite right - very popular. You go by boat under all these low bridges and see the houses near the canals from the water,

Sailing ouround one of the old bastions

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Delft S - Student city

With a big Technical University in Delft, Delft is one of the big student Cities in the Netherlands
Green are the Bachelor students, blue the Master students. A lot of this growth can be explained by the increase of foreign students, look at this map:

A lot of people from China and Indiaare studying over here. The housing was a problem for many,  many years the the City of Delft have been building large numbers of Student Housing these last few years, so getting a room in Delft is not a real problem anymore. The majority of the students of the Technical University are, as you probably have guessed, are male.
The University celebrates this year it;s 175 existence

The TU in Delft is leading in space technology, water management, and solar energy.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Delft R - Restaurants

Delft is on one hand a tourist city an on the other a student city. So there are soooo very many restaurants in the inner town. When I was young there were 6 bookstores, 2 second hand bookstores in Delft. Gone. Restaurants. When I was young there was a very large impressive postoffice. Gone. Restaurant.

Post office from 1890 - 2005
All these little shops that make a city a city seem to disappear and all that comes back are small dining rooms, coffee shops. (Yes, we also have two of "those" in Delft). And I think it's really a pity. I think it's wonderful that so many young couples see opportunities to run their own shop, but a little less...
I think it would be better for the city.
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