Utrecht, Italian Style

Giro Di Sinkel
Friday night we took my parents to De Muntkelder, the fun pannenkoekenhuis (pancake restaurant) on the Oudegracht. It’s one of those things you just have to do with visitors. Afterward, we headed over to Graaf Floris for Irish coffee and appelbollen. As we got to Winkel van Sinkel I couldn’t help but notice a bit of decoration strung up. I also noticed a couple of bikes up on one of the railings. Oddly enough, I didn’t at first think of the bikes as decoration; I found myself assuming they’d been strung up there by some random person being silly. After all, it’s not the first time I’ve seen bikes in strange places here.
Parallel Parking
However, I soon realized that those bikes were supposed to be there, and the decoration was there to celebrate the Giro D’Italia bicycle race that is making an appearance here in the Netherlands this weekend. (The first stop is often in a country outside of Italy.) The riders are going from Amsterdam to Utrecht and should be going through the city center here later this afternoon. In fact, they should be passing the end of my street, so hopefully I’ll be able to get a glimpse of it all if the crowds aren’t too deep (and tall).

Meanwhile, the city is covered in pink, the color of the Giro D’Italia. There are Ronde Van Italië (Dutch way of saying Giro D’Italia) flags and banners up all over town, along with lots of independent displays, including some nice show window displays. Even the Domtoren has been lit pink in the evenings.
Giro Domtoren
Pink
Winkel Van Sinkel

10 thoughts on “Utrecht, Italian Style

  1. I was in Utrecht yesterday wondering why all the pink was there! I’m so glad you demystified things *L* We noticed the bikes on the Winkel van Sinkel too!

  2. When I see pictures of Utrecht, and I smell Freesias. Nothing like strolling down the canal with all of the flower venders on a Saturday. Then stopping for coffee and an applebol (sp) The smells and colors will always be embedded in my mind.

    • I’m glad you have such lovely memories of the city. It’s great seeing everything turning green now, even if it’s gotten a bit chilly recently.

  3. that is so COOL! I knew it was happening but Utrecht is very hip in decorating in pink. I wonder if any other cities have decorated? There is a party going on at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam but I didn’t know any more about the festivities than that.

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