137 Kilometers From Paris to Utrecht

Tour de France Utrecht 2015
OMG, y’all! For the first time in more than a month, I left the house to go somewhere other than work! Six days a week, working two jobs, has left me little time or energy to do much of anything. But a quiet Sunday morning is one of my favorite times to go for a walk and with the heat abating a bit, as well, I set out for a short photo walk.

I had the Stadhuisbrug in mind today for a specific reason. Today is the last 137 kilometers of the Tour de France. Next stop? Utrecht! As I’ve mentioned before, Utrecht will be the site of the Grand Depart for the 2015 Tour de France. Various decorations, signs, and banners have been popping up around town already. The latest is this sculpture on the Stadhuisbrug.
Tour de France Utrecht 2015
I learned from experience when another sculpture representing the Vrede van Utrecht (Treaty of Utrecht) was in the same spot that it is best to go when few people are around, otherwise it’s almost impossible to get a decent shot. There’s always someone on it or in front of it. Fortunately, the people who were on it today were on the other side and don’t show up too much and the nearby tour group was focused on something else.

I managed to get it from a couple of angles, including with the Wilibrordkerk and its spire in the background, and one with a nice bit of shadow on the ground.
Tour de France Utrecht 2015Tour de France Utrecht 2015
I haven’t followed any of the race this year, despite my best intentions, but I really hope to get to see some of it here next year. They will be going down part of Biltstraat, although I think they turn off before they get to Vino Veritas, but I’d love to see them going under the Domtoren. Regardless, best of luck to the racers today. See you in Utrecht next year!
Tour de France Utrecht 2015

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4 thoughts on “137 Kilometers From Paris to Utrecht

    • I certainly hope I get the chance to get some shots. The Giro d’Italia came through a few years ago, which gave me an sense of just how fast they all move!

  1. So exciting!! I didn’t realize Utrecht would be host to such an important event. (Not that I’m likely to watch it but still!)
    I’m glad you got to go out and enjoy yourself without work πŸ™‚ How is Vino Veritas doing?? I still need to get my hands on that cheese plate πŸ˜€

    • You could always try to get a spot to see them go by in person, without following the whole thing. They go by so fast that there’s little time to get bored. Just find a spot where you can sit and eat/drink while you’re waiting. πŸ˜‰

      VV is going well. Our cheese plate continues to be a big hit, including with actual Italians! πŸ˜€ Do you have a move date yet?

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