Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

Houses in a Row
This photo was taken a few weeks ago on a vividly sunny Sunday morning. I loved the slight curve of the street and the mix of older and newer houses of different sizes, colours, and styles. And it’s not a Dutch photo without lots of bikes! Cars are being phased out of the city center more and more, so the few that you see there are some of the few that remain. Although to be honest, I’ve got lots of photos — this one included — that would be so much nicer without the cars in the shot!

Tasty Street

This is another Dutch urban scene taken last Saturday. We stopped at De Tafel Van 18 (pictured on the left) to try their cheesecake, since they were offering free samples that day. Very tasty, but I still crave a slice of the strawberry cheesecake that American Baking Company makes. On the plus side, ABC is going to be at the Veldzigt Bourgondia markt on Saturday (not far from Utrecht/Zeist) if you want to try their baked goods.

This is a pretty typical urban photo in the Netherlands. Lots of bikes, as well as awnings and umbrellas so that any shop that sells food can make the most of good weather and let their customers sit outdoors, and even a Chinese fast food place, Wok to Go.

Still, when it comes to the concept of “urban” my favourite photo I’ve taken is probably this old one of urban graffiti and urbane students:
Contrast [Day 236/365]

Foto Vrijdag: Pretty in Pink

Pretty as a Picture
This view from Mariaplaats up Zadelstraat caught my eye for both the pink balloons, as well as the view through the arch of the Domtoren which rises up at the end of the street. Add in the flowers on the lamps, the slightest hint of a hill, and the woman on the bike, and I found this shot irresistible.

Here’s the long view of the street, with the Domtoren fully in view:

A Sunday Stroll

Spring Colors
We had a lot of recycling to drop off this morning, so G and I headed out on our own (not enough hands for the recycling and controlling Pippo) and then took a little walk around the southeastern edge of the old city center. Today’s weather has been a pleasant respite from the rain we’ve had this week and will probably have next week, so we figured we’d better make the most of it! As you can see, the sky was a beautiful blue, little fluffy white clouds were floating along, and the sun was shining brightly.

One of the side streets we passed while walking along the Maliesingel caught my eye. The rows of buildings looking colorful and neatly lined up were punctuated by the picturesque building at the end of the street where it runs into Nachtegaalstraat. Then there was the hotel sign that just seemed to fit perfectly into the setting.

As we headed back home across the Wittevrouwenbrug, I stopped to take some photos to hopefully use for some of the Time Travel posts. As I was taking a photo, I heard someone behind me say, “Don’t shoot!” It turned out to be a couple of our nearby neighbours who I know through Flickr. What a pleasant surprise! I look forward to seeing his photos of his own outing today!

I hope you enjoy these photos from our walk and are having a lovely weekend. Tomorrow’s the Tweede Pinksterdag here in the Netherlands, so most people are getting a nice long weekend. If you’re off, enjoy the freedom. If you’re working, hopefully it’s not too bad a Monday!
All in a Row
Points of Interest
Light in the Light
Fluffy Little Clouds