Edam and DelftAugust 2015
The Netherlands is a small country, and much of it is within an hour or two of Amsterdam by train or bus. The little town of Edam (one of many places where Edam cheese was made) feels like a miniature Amsterdam, with small canals and two-story gabled houses lining the narrow streets. It's a pretty place to while away an afternoon and to see what the house of a prosperous merchant in 1530 looked like inside. Larger and grander is the town of Delft (famous for blue and white pottery rather than cheese). Its 600-year-old New Church---100 years younger than the Old Church---is the burial place for members of the Netherlands' royal family.