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Fond Memories and a Last Vote

I lived in Utrecht consistently for longer than I’ve lived anywhere since I was 13. After that began the various moves, sometimes within the same city or state, and sometimes to a new city, state or country. So Utrecht really … Continue reading ?

Follow me to Italy

I’ve noticed a number of new followers here on my Flamingo in Utrecht blog recently, and while I appreciate it, it’s kind of pointless. I don’t update here any more. If you want to follow one of my blogs, you … Continue reading ?

A Sad Day for Nijntje

I just saw the sad news about Dick Bruna, the creator of Nijntje/Miffy passing away yesterday. Discovering his work was one of the many joys I got out of living in Utrecht. As well as the Nijntje books and related … Continue reading...

A Flamingo in Italy

The site is still a work in progress, but you can follow my new adventures in Italy at A Flamingo in Italy. The best way to keep up is to subscribe through email. Then you get a message in your … Continue reading ?

Greetings from Italy

I had truly meant to do one last proper goodbye post before moving, but it just didn’t happen. The move was unbelievably stressful and I’m so glad it’s over. But we survived the two-day drive with dog and cats and … Continue reading...

Centraal and the Moreelsebrug

The Utrecht Centraal train station has been undergoing a massive renovation for what feels like years and years. I rarely go to the station, so the few times I do, usually to meet up with visiting friends, it’s been a … Continue reading ?

Wordless Wednesday: Gezellig

Tagged: cozy setting, Dutch cities, gezellig, minrebroederstraat, photography, shopfront, shops in utrecht, stadhuisplein

Where is the Domtoren?

First off, happy new year/gelukkig nieuwjaar! I hope everyone survived and there are no hangovers! The only aches I have are from the two-hour death march Charlie took me on this morning. He never gets tired! As I think I … Continue reading ?

Festive Lights in Utrecht

Despite the foggy weather – I haven’t been able to see the Domtoren for about three days now – there are still the sounds of fireworks and firecrackers going off and I’m sure people will still give it a go … Continue reading ?

Time Travel: Voetiusstraat

I thought I’d try to get at least one last Time Travel post in, even though I really should be writing for work, or packing, or doing dishes. I don’t even have a really good comparison photo, but it’s close … Continue reading ?

Kerstboom Market

Need a last-minute kerstboom (Christmas tree)? The annual Christmas tree market at Janskerkhof has you covered. From the usual larger ones all the way down to small potted plants, you can find a lovely selection of “trees”.  With some bonus … Continue reading ?

Holy Apartment

There are plenty of jokes about not being able to go far at all without coming across yet another church in Europe. They’re everywhere! Though I grew up in the Southern part of the US which certainly doesn’t have any … Continue reading ?


One of the things about moving is that now I want lots of the touristy things as keepsakes. So this weekend, after meeting up one last time with some friends, I stopped in at the VVV (tourist office) at the … Continue reading ?

The Missing Nave

This is a different view of the St. Martin’s Cathedral than I usually get, but it does give you a better sense of just how big the cathedral was when it was complete (or close enough). The part that remains … Continue reading ?

See You Later Alligator

Not my usual picture of Utrecht or the Domtoren. This one’s a bit grey and gloomy, especially when you look at the Domtoren’s clock and see that it’s 12:30, as in midday. That’s about as bright as it got yesterday, … Continue readin...

Wordless Wednesday: Prison Blues

Tagged: canal, defunct dutch prison, utrecht prison, wolvenplein, wordless wednesday

Happy Pakjesavond

The pepernoten are flowing and flying, the pakjes (presents) are all wrapped up with poems at the ready, the Piets are knocking on doors and windows and dropping off sacks of presents or bagging up naughty children, and the Sint … Continue reading ?

Utca’s Finest

As I mentioned in my last post, Utrecht’s former red-light street — Hardebollenstraat — is now the place to find lots of local and indie shops selling clothing, designs pieces, and much more. The large windows that were de rigeur … Continue reading ?

Smoke ’em if you got ’em

Everyone knows about the “coffee shops” in the Netherlands (and yes, it’s not just Amsterdam), where you can purchase various forms of hash, weed, pot, marijuana, etc. Voorstraat/Wittevrouwenstraat have a couple of places where you can purchase, but there are … Continue reading ?

Wordless Wednesday: Evening Domtoren

Tagged: architecture, domtoren, gothic tower, photography, things to see in Utrecht, utrecht tower

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