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The Art of Nature

This little park area is a favorite of mine. As well as being next to the Nieuwegracht, it’s also the home of my beloved Spoetnikkijker statue. It’s also home to some really beautiful trees that are sometimes even more interesting … Continue reading ?

The Epic Search For The Lost Keys

Five months ago I lost my car keys. In my attempts to find them I searched every corner of our apartment. I looked through every draw, checked every coat pocket, emptied every bag but found nothing. Luckily my wife still had her car keys so started ‘borrowing’ them whenever I needed to go somewhere. Show More Summary

A Cat in Every Window

Today is what is referred to as rokjesdag (skirt day), due to the fact that the sun is shining and the temperatures have begun to warm up considerably. In other words, lots of skirts are likely to be worn. However, … Continue readin...

Wordless Wednesday: Birdie and the Blue Sky

Tagged: bird, blue sky, nature, photography, Utrecht, utrecht nature, wordless wednesday

Time Travel: Achter de Dom

(photo via Het Utrechts Archief) This photo dates back to 1900 and shows a group of postal workers on the street behind the cathedral called Achter de Dom (achter means behind and de Dom refers to the cathedral). To the … Continue reading ?

Art Rehab Therapy for Convicted Terrorists

I wanted to share this encouraging story with you that I read on NPR about a successful rehabilitation program for convicted terrorists in Saudi Arabia. Treating Saudi Arabian Jihadists With Art Therapy by Deborah Amos / NPR Dr. Awad...Show More Summary

Utrecht on Easter

Utrecht is looking mighty fine today. The weather is glorious, though still with a bit of chill. But as you can see, the sun was shining in full force and the sky was a glorious shade of blue with the … Continue reading ?

Saudi Arabia's first female detective trained in U.S.

As a former police officer myself, I was quite excited when I saw this news video of Nadeen Alsayat, the first Saudi female trained for police work. Nadeen recently graduated from Colorado University with a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice paid for by the Saudi government and will become Saudi Arabia's first female detective. Show More Summary

Wordless Wednesday: Sparkling in the Sun

Tagged: architecture, photography, utrecht streets, wordless wednesday

Apocalyptic Skies and a Banana

Good ol’ Dutch weather. Sometimes it changes from one day to the next, other times it changes from one minute to the next. Mercurial easily defines the weather of the past few weeks in Utrecht, when we’ve had a stunning … Continue reading ?

Official Statement

Dear people of Holland, This is not something that I normally do but I feel that it is important for me to make an official statement on something that you have all probably been wondering about. I did not cause the power cut that affected large parts of the Netherlands last week. Given my extremely […] The post Official Statement appeared first on Invading Holland.

Wordless Wednesday: Still Can’t Fit It All In

Tagged: architecture, domplein, domtoren, photography, wordless wednesday

Castellum Lights

The Domplein — the square in the heart of the city where you will find the Domtoren and the cathedral — has a long history. The square was originally the site of the Castellum Trajectum, the Roman fortress established nearly … Continue reading ?

Personal Belongings

My morning train ride was going smoothly. The train had arrived on time, it was heading in the correct direction and I’d even managed to get a seat. As we arrived at our final destination the intercom crackled to life and the conductor...Show More Summary

Variations on a Theme: Trajectum Lumen

I’ve written before about the Trajectum Lumen light art installations to be found throughout the city. From simple to grandiose, they put the spotlight on Utrecht’s rich history. One of my favorites is the Ganzenmarkt tunnel. The lights are constantly … Continue reading ?

Wordless Wednesday: Updated Vredenburg

Tagged: architecture, music hall, photography, street life, street scenes, tivoli vredenburg, Vredenburg, wordless wednesday

Utrecht, The Hidden Gem

It seems that with the upcoming start of the Tour de France in July and Nijntje/Miffy celebrating her 60th birthday this year, Utrecht is starting to get a bit more international attention. The latest article to make the rounds is … Continue reading ?

Claustrophobia – Wake Up

When I receive an email from someone offering to lock me in a room for an hour I am normally a little hesitant to reply. However, when the team from Claustrophobia invited me to play their latest escape room game (titled Wake Up) eager to let them do just that. I’ve always wanted to try […] The post Claustrophobia – Wake Up appeared first on Invading Holland.

Time Travel: Kromme Nieuwegracht 1900 | 2013

(photo via Het Utrechts Archief) This canal is the Kromme Nieuwegracht and as the name suggests, it’s essentially the Nieuwegracht canal after it takes a curve in front of the Paushuis (Pope’s House), which is part of the building on … Continue reading ?

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