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Delft, granted city status in 1246, is a well-known university town; it is also revered as the birthplace of Jan Vermeer, who spent his entire life (1632-1675) in Delft, and whose pictures are found in many celebrated museums. Delft is also the town where the famous blue and white pottery and porcelain originated several centuries ago. The Dutch produced and sold cups and plates, tiles and decorations to Europe, almost exclusively filling up the market, until Josiah Wedgewood began producing his own inexpensive pottery in Great Britain in the 18th century. Today, the intricate lovely motives can be seen in mass-produced souvenirs all overHolland. Perhaps the mill, with or without a kissing young couple, and clogs are best-known, and most often purchased by tourists. If you wish to learn more about the whole process of producing pottery, from clay to plain white plate to design, take an excursion to Delft and visit an old factory. It is still located in a pretty old building, where the family of potters used to live and work in centuries past and present. There is also a souvenir shop in the factory building, with very expensive pottery and gifts, produced right there. Delft is a charming old town with beautiful canals, imposing churches, lovely Town Hall, and various landmarks, like a giant blue heart, a minute away from the excursion bus-stop. You may walk around, enjoying the sights; if you are lucky, you may also see the street market right in front of the Town Hall, and so some quick shopping.