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By: st lucia diving

Make sure you take a look at the under hangs and pockets in the coral reef. Scuba diving affords men and women with a possibility to see a few of Mother Nature's most magnificent sights. Most people like to go to observe the aquatic wildlife, which means that the water has to be relatively clear.

Rietveld Gets the Last Laugh

This is the Rietveld-Schröder House. This is the viaduct that runs directly next to it. (I always wave when we drive over it.) (Photo courtesy of Carlien Laarmen) This is the viaduct today. It’s a fairly low clearance and it … Continue reading ?

Book Fest in Utrecht

I’ve had a lot of bookstore searches leading people to my blog recently, so in the interest of being helpful, I thought I’d mention this. The Boekenfestijn is returning to Jaarbeurs next week, September 4-7. Entrance is free and there’s … Continue reading ?

Style and Inspiration at Zelfgemaakte Markt

I’ve written before about the fantastic Zelfgemaakte Markt (handmade market) held a few times each year in Utrecht at Mariaplaats. Every time I go, I discover something new that I fall in love with and I’m constantly impressed by the … Continue reading ?

Wild Bicycle Parking in Utrecht

Despite the number of official spots for bicycle parking in the city, ranging from indoor parking to your typical outdoor bike rack, wild parking (I like the literal translation of wildgeparkeerde) is still the norm. It’s not surprising, considering the … Continue reading ?

Time Travel: Janskerkhof and Bikes

(photo via Het Utrechts Archief) This photo from 1959 shows the Janskerkhof during one of the weekly Saturday flower markets. That aspect hasn’t changed at all and it’s a stunningly beautiful spot to hold a flower market. In the shadow … Continue reading ?

Now Where Did I Park My Bike?

Just a small section of some of the bike parking near the station. They’ve added new indoor bicycle parking since I took these photos in January. That holds approximately 4500 bicycle parking spaces in a three-storey, automated lot under the … Continue reading ?

Utrecht One of the World’s Most Bike-Friendly Cities

A couple of days ago, CNN posted an article listing the most bike-friendly cities in the world. As they point out, the majority of the cities are found in northwest Europe, with the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, and Denmark among those … Continue reading ?

Wordless Wednesday: How I’m Feeling Today

Tagged: frustration, photography, scream, utrecht wall art, wittevrouwenkade, wordless wednesday

Sound the Alarm

The other week, I wrote about a former fire house that dates back to the 1860s. With buildings so closely packed together, it was vital to have a number of these fire stations spread strategically throughout the city. But when … Continue reading ?

Fat Freddy’s Drop

Fat Freddy’s Drop is a great reggae/soul/funk/dub band from New Zealand. They tour fairly often here in Europe and have come to the Netherlands (although not Utrecht) a few times over the years, but I’ve always missed the show for … Continue reading ?

Wordless Wednesday: Canal-side Dining

Tagged: canals of utrecht, oudegracht, photography, utrecht restaurants, winkel van sinkel, wordless wednesday

A Square That Should Not Be

Originally posted on A Flamingo in Utrecht:The other week, as part of the city’s anniversary celebrations, the Domtoren was playing a variety of songs, including popular local songs. One of my favourites, and the one that you can he...

Wordless Wednesday: Chalk Marks

Tagged: bicycles, chalk art, photography, utrecht street art, wordless wednesday

137 Kilometers From Paris to Utrecht

OMG, y’all! For the first time in more than a month, I left the house to go somewhere other than work! Six days a week, working two jobs, has left me little time or energy to do much of anything. … Continue reading ?

The Old Fire Station

History is full of stories of devastating fires ripping through closely packed cities. Having enough fire houses spread throughout the city to quickly respond was vital, especially in the age before motorized vehicles that could move quickly. I think if … Continue reading ?

Meta Cameras

While digging through my photo archives, looking for a particular picture (that I still haven’t found), I came across this photo and realized that I don’t think I ever blogged about this shop. Now seems as good a time as … Continue reading ?

Wordless Wednesday: Pausdam

Tagged: Dutch architecture, Pausdam, paushuize, photography, pope adrian vi, trans, utrecht architecture, wordless wednesday

Time Travel: Janskerkhof te Utrecht

As you wander through the Utrecht binnenstad, if you look closely, you’ll probably notice a number of painted-tile images throughout the city. All are hanging on walls in public places, although some are easier to spot than others. It is … Continue reading ?

The neighborhood wine bar

Yesterday we enjoyed some fantastic wine and snacks at Vino Veritas. The bar was recently opened by two former New Yorkers. Very pleasant atmosphere, authentic food, and really good wine. We will be back!

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