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Delft,Netherlands
Delft, Netherlands. In the 1670s, Delft citizen Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was the first person in history to develop microscopes powerful enough (~400 magnifications)to discover the microbial world for all of humanity. He was the first person to see bacteria, yeast, algae, red blood cells, protozoa. Come to Delft to honor Anthony.
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Delft, Netherlands, 52┬░North latitude

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Arrive Schipol airport SW of Amsterdam. Take train from Schipol SW to Den Haag HS. Change train to Delft, SE.

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Train route from Schipol to Delft

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Excellent train network, 1 hour from Schipol to Delft.

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Arrive at Delft

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New station opened in 2015

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Inside new station

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Outside new station

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Pass two streets with canals.

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Arrive at Hotel Leeuwenbrug on Koornmarkt.

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After a night of rest, breakfast selections at Hotel Leeuwenbrug.

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breakfast area

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Let's start eating!

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After breakfast, head north on Koornmarkt.

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Walk on brick streets

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Pass old buildings - with coats of arms, built in 1505.

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watch the curb!

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Destination on Oude Delft street is the Oude Kerk

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Clock tower marks Oude Kerk

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Canal borders west side

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West side

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North side

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Clock tower

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Enter Oude Kerk

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Head for Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's tomb, north west wing.

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van Leeuwenhoek's tomb on wall to the left

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van Leeuwenhoek's tomb

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front view of tomb

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Burial location in front of tomb. Display case to the left.

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Born 1632, died at 90 years in 1723.

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Leeuwenhoek was an esteemed citizen of Delft, and "the father of microbiology."

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A drawing of Leeuwenhoek and the  Delft house he lived in.

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Oil painting of Leeuwenhoek made in 1686 by Johannes Verkolje

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Drawing of Leeuwenhoek with microscope. A small lens mounted between pieces of brass, silver, or gold.

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Some of Leeuwenhoek's microscopes magnified an object 400 times. He was the first person to see bacteria, algae, yeasts, protozoa, red blood cells.

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Back side, left, front side, right. small lens magnifies >200 times

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Leeuwenheok's drawings of bacteria observed from a scraping of his back tooth. From letter #75 to the Royal Society, London, 1692.

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Red blood cells viewed by existing Leeuwenhoek microscope, 170 magnifications.

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Leeuwenhoek was 83 years old when he wrote this letter to the Royal Society in London.

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"Here in Leeuwenhoek lies buried eternal science."

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Leeuwenhoek's daughter Maria also buried here, b. 1656, d. 1745.

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Microbiologists then and now

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Reinier deGraaf buried near Leeuwenhoek - plaque on west wall below windows

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In 1680 deGraaf recommended Leeuwenhoek be admitted to the Royal Society in London because of his discoveries with his microscopes.

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Plaque for deGraaf

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Walk to North East area.

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Burial site of Johannes Vermeer, born in Delft the same year as Leeuwenhoek, 1632.

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Vermeer died a pauper at age 43, in 1675. Leeuwenhoek lived another 47 years.

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Leave the Oude Kerk, head towards Vermeer Centrum several blocks away.

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Pass an enticing fruit stand.

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and a bike shop

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Arrive at the Vermeer Centrum. None of Vermeer's original ~35 paintings are here. Instead, there are replications.

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Delft History - note Leeuwenhoek made member of Royal Society in 1680, five years after Vermeer died.

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Vermeer's girl reading letter, ~1658.

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Vermeer's girl with a pearl earring, painted ~1665.

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Vermeer's girl writing letter, ~1665. Original at National Gallery, Washington, D.C.

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Lady with a red hat. Original at National Gallery, Washington, D.C.

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Vermeer's Geographer, ~1668, when Leeuwenhoek discovered bacteria.

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Woman with a Pearl Necklace

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Leave Vermeer Centrum, head for Markt.

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West view of Markt, towards  Stadhuis.

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Second view of Stadhuis.

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View east from Stadhuis at Nieuwe Kerk, burial site of Holland royality.

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Shop on Markt.

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Famous Delft royal blue china.

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Cheese shop on Markt

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Selection of cheeses

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Leave Markt, head for hotel, but stop for bakery goods.

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Selection of sandwiches

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fabulous pastries!

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