Canals and flowers (Or: Visiting Utrecht)

A few weeks ago Marco and I visited Utrecht. For various reasons it ended up not being quite what I expected but that can be chalked up to two things: the weather wasn’t that great and we went on a Monday, when a lot of things ended up being closed. We mostly stayed in the center of the city and looked at stores (board game stores, comic book stores and similar) rather than doing too many cultural things. I do wish we could have stayed until it got dark, though, as I would have been able to see the Trajectum Lumen. At night certain areas of the city are artistically lit, with guided tours provided on Saturdays.

I did get some good pictures, though. Here are a couple:

canal in Utrecht

Utrecht canal, typical Dutch bike in the photo frame

stairs down a canal in Utrecht

stares down to the canal level on Oudegracht (a main street in the central area). A lot of restaurants are at canal level, so you take the stairs down to reach them.

flowers in Utrecht

close up of some flowers in Utrecht

Its a present store in Utrecht

Items at “It’s a Present” gift store

It’s a present” was actually a pretty cool gift shop even though we didn’t buy anything. It had some really random items for sale, including what you see above. The only negative was that the shop was small, so they had to expand vertically – there’s technically three small floors, but sometimes the stairs can be a bit tricky to navigate.

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7 thoughts on “Canals and flowers (Or: Visiting Utrecht)

  1. I like your blog about your adventures in the Netherlands. Mine is similar to yours. My blog is relatable to yours, sharing my experiences and promoting things I like in the Netherlands!

  2. Mondays probably aren’t the best time to visit. Half the stores are closed (and most of the museums) and the other half don’t open until much later. It’s also just pretty low-key on Mondays, in general. Still, hope you enjoyed it and glad you got to take in some of the scenery!

    • The scenery was very nice. It was a big too quiet but as we don’t live that far away it wasn’t that bad. But yeah, no more Monday visits. 😉

  3. Sure looks better than the canal in your home town!

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