One of my favorite spots is this little park area at the southern end of the old city center. I’m constantly drawn to it, pulled in by the appeal of what surrounds it: the Nieuwegracht and the ring canal, the old city wall, the towering trees, and most of all, by the Spoetnik Kijker (Sputnik Watcher). I’ve written about him before, and I’ve certainly photographed him numerous times, but he’s always a source of peaceful inspiration to me. I’ve been trying to get a shot of him during different seasons throughout the year. I took some photos this past December to try to capture some of the bare elegance of both the sculpture and the setting. I’m sure I’ll always return to him, with or without camera in hand. He really does make me feel peaceful and that little bit happier.
Last Sunday, Pippo and I took a quick walk over toward Lepelenburg Park and then down to revisit the Sputnik Kijker. Along the way, we passed some of my favorite houses in the Museum Quarter. The simplicity of design, with the charming details in the shutters and main entrance, along with all the beautiful flowers always makes me pause and imagine what they’re like inside. Realistically, they’d probably be a bit too dark for my tastes inside, but they’re wonderful to admire from the outside. I’d like to learn more about them. I’ll have to start checking the Utrecht Archives for more information.