These pictures are a few years old, but being on a Netherlands kick that I am, I realized I had never shared them and I dug them up.
There's lots of great little villages in the Netherlands, and it's a very small country so they are all fairly easy to get to from Amsterdam.
Delft is only 40 minutes away from Amsterdam by train. It's adorable, and some of the scenes look exactly like Vermeer painted them when he resided here. Also, it was where Werner Herzgog set most of his film "Nosferatu", which is one of the creepiest movies I've ever seen.
Happily, there were no vampires or plagues of rats to be found now.
I was there in October and had a couple days of stunningly beautiful weather. The light in the afternoon made magic.
The "View of Delft", much as Vermeer had seen it:
In centuries past, Delft was known for its ceramics industry, which was an attempt to knock off fine China from China. While tourist shops sell chinese-made ceramics painted in Delft Blue, you can still find beautiful antique vases and tile work there.
Both of the churches in town had quite a lean on their steeples:
There wasn't much to do there but it was a lovely place to wander around and explore for a couple of days.