A Touch More Tour de France

Rietvelo
2015 was the year that the Tour de France came to Utrecht. We hosted the Grand Depart, the start of the race, and the city was decked out in yellow and other race-related colors for months leading up to and even after the race. Most of the decorations are gone, but a few still remain, particularly some of the wall art.

I had seen a print of the Rietvelo piece of artwork by Menno Anker, and I think I knew it was on a wall somewhere, but I hadn’t known where that wall was. I also wasn’t walking along a stretch of the stadsbuitengracht that I used to frequent fairly often. If I had, I would have seen it much sooner. In fact, soon after adopting Charlie and taking those walks along the ring canal once again, I soon spotted the Rietvelo piece, even from across the canal. I had no idea it was so close!
Rietvelo
Rietvelo
I always love when one of these large solid walls is turned into an art canvas. Some change, some remain the same. The Tour de France may be over, but I do hope this one stays up for a while. Of course, now that I’ve said that, it is probably coming down soon if not already!

Colorful Caryatids

Winkel van Sinkel Caryatid dressed in yellow with yellow sunglasses, ready for Tour de FranceYellow is a tough color to wear, but the caryatids at the Winkel van Sinkel on the Oudegracht seem to be pulling it off. I guess if you’re going to wear such a vivid shade, it’s not surprising that you’d need to also wear shades. On a bright, sunny day (which we’ve got an abundance of, suddenly) it’s an almost eye-searing display!
Winkel van Sinkel Caryatids ready for Tour de France. The restaurant and cafĂ© decorates for the cycling race beginning in Utrecht.Winkel van Sinkel Caryatids ready for Tour de France wearing yellow dresses and sunglassesIt’s not the first time the ladies have dressed up for a cycling race. When the Giro d’Italia came through a few years ago, they got into the spirit, though in perhaps a more elegant and understated way.
Winkel Van Sinkel and the caryatids decorated in pink for the giro d'italia cycling race taking place in utrecht netherlandsBut as you can see, decorating with bicycles is always an option, especially on the front of buildings.
bicycle decoration on the front of the winkel van sinkel on the oudegracht as part of the giro d'italia decorations in utrecht