Rainbows and Nijntje

Rainbows and Nijntje
Sunday morning, while walking with Charlie, I thought I’d get another shot of the rainbow street crossing over by Vredenburg. It’s always good to see and the colors seem to pop a bit more after the rain.

Unfortunately, I only had my phone’s camera and I had a dog who could smell all the residual smells from the nearby market the day before, not to mention the aromas coming from the open door at the Starbucks within view, so I didn’t manage to get a good shot of the light that signals when to cross the street. Seriously, I had to drag Charlie out of the Starbucks doorway. And that was after having to drag him out of the Bruna doorway the day before. He’s never met a doorway he didn’t like and wasn’t determined to enter.

Anyway, back to the crossing light. It’s one of the famous ones using Nijntje (Miffy) to signal. You can get an idea of it, though. Cutest crossing lights. Ever.
Rainbows and Nijntje

A Big Yellow Building and the Moon

Dusk
Any wander around town when friends are visiting deserves a brief stop at the Willem Arntsz Huis. Between the amazing building and the big yellow birdies, it’s definitely worth a short stop. So while my friend was visiting last weekend and we happened to be in the vicinity, we took a quick detour. It wasn’t that late, but dusk was arriving and the moon was already out, so it created a nice setting for some simple silhouettes of the lamp posts and the bare branches of the tree. The photos aren’t as crisp as I would have liked, but they’re not bad for having been taken with a phone.
Dusk

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 café 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

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Religious Imagery

Religious Imagery
A moment captured in the Pandhof next to the cathedral. My continuing photographic goal is to get a photo of a wittevrouw (literally “white woman”, but referring to the cloister of nuns who wore a white habit) on Wittevrouwenstraat/brug. Someday!

18 Things to See, Do, Taste, and Experience in Utrecht

klmmapI’m always singing the praises of Utrecht and encouraging people to visit this beautiful, historic, and vibrant city, so it only seems right that I make a handy map of some of the places and things visitors should see. So here’s a map of 18 places in Utrecht that you should see, including museums, sculptures, parks, restaurants (which, of course, includes Vino Veritas), and historic points of interest. It is, by no means, a complete listing and hopefully I’ll be able to add on to it as the spirit moves me. Did I leave out one of your favorite must-see spots in Utrecht? Tell me what you think is a must-see.

Thanks to KLM for doing the technical creation of this map for me, while letting me use my own words and photos. They were kind enough to let me focus on Utrecht, instead of Amsterdam, after I pointed out how quick and easy it is to get to Utrecht from Amsterdam. Fly into Schipol Airport with KLM and hop on one of the many trains to Utrecht. You’ll be here in just half an hour!