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This is Rietveld

Gerrit Thomas Reitveld was born on this day, 24 June 1888, here in Utrecht. The son of a joiner, he would go on to become a world-famous architect, designer, and principal player in the development of De Stijl artistic movement. … Continue reading ?

Utrecht’s Urban Greenery

All on one short section of a street. Tagged: gardening, photography, street plants, urban greenery, utrecht scenery

Photo Challenge: Curves

Fifteen hours of solid rain is expected today. Maybe more. This pretty much sums up how I feel today. Topsy, tangled, broken, with flashes of violent red and a tag marking it to be taken away as junk, and curves … Continue reading ?

Pride and Remembrance

Cities around the world have been remembering those who were murdered at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last week. While it is heart-warming to see the outpouring of support and love, it is heartbreaking that atrocities like these continue. I … Continue reading ?

Pure Puppy Love

This week’s photo challenge theme is “pure”. It’s pretty much pure love when I look at Charlie. He has his moments, like any pet, but I am so absolutely in love with him. He’s an absolute sweetheart, well behaved, a … Continue readi...

Wordless Wednesday: Clouds & Domtoren

Tagged: cloudy weather, domtoren, photography, rooftops, Utrecht skyline, wordless wednesday

By the Numbers

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge theme is numbers. I like a good number shot, whether in detail or as a broader view. These are a few of my favorite number shots over the years here in Utrecht, representing a building … Continue reading ?

Utrecht’s Artistic Girls

On the bridge by the Stadhuis, looking across the Oudegracht to the Winkel van Sinkel, is a relatively small statue of a girl on a carousel horse. Meisje op draaimolenpaard was created by Dutch artist Pieter d’Hont (1917-1997) in 1986. … Continue reading ?

What do you get for the 894th anniversary?

It’s that time of year again. Utrecht is celebrating its 894th year as an official city. On June 2, 1122, Keizer Henrik V officially recognized Utrecht as a city. (Of course, Utrecht’s history goes back much further. The Roman fortifications … Continue reading ?

1.5 Nijntjes

While visiting the Centraal Museum the other week, I came across two more of the Nijntje/Miffy statues as interpreted by various artists. The first one, appropriately, now stands outside the Nijntje Museum, which is across the street from the Centraal … Continue reading ?

How I Survived My First 15 Years In The Netherlands

It’s hard to believe that this year marks two big anniversaries in my life as an expat here in the Netherlands. The first being the 10 year anniversary of this very blog (that took place in March) and the second being today; the 15 year...Show More Summary

Waad Academy

Waad Academy just opened its doors this past fall to welcome students. I recently had the chance to tour this impressive state of the art facility located in the Obhur area of the city. This new school offers a brand new concept in education here in Jeddah, focusing on turning out well-rounded individuals by feeding the mind, heart and body. Show More Summary

New Arrival

I am happy to announce the birth of Matthew who, like a confused tourist with an inaccurate guide book, missed the King’s Day celebrations and arrived a few days ago. My wife and I are both tired but very happy. Our daughter is already enjoying her role as a protective big sister and often tells […] The post New Arrival appeared first on Invading Holland.

Utrecht Festival Survival

Festival season is upon us, ranging from street festivals to massive music festivals. Even in the city center of Utrecht you’ll find an increasing number of festivals going from spring until autumn. Some of the newest are the Trek Food … Continue reading ?

Saudi Society Will Accept Women Driving

I just wrote a guest post about the women's driving issue for the site called SAUDI WOMEN DRIVING, which offers news and thoughts pertaining to the issue of - you guessed it - Saudi women driving. I was prompted to write this in response...Show More Summary

Abstraction

We visited the Centraal Museum last weekend to see all of the renovations finally complete. It’s still a stunning and highly creative museum. Even the shadows are works of art. This is my contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge, whose … Continue reading ?

My Utrecht Art Collection

It should come as no surprise that I have a fondness for old photos of Utrecht and contemporary art inspired by the city. Over the past few years, I’ve been creating my own little collection. I don’t have as much … Continue reading ...

In Search of Art

The Centraal Museum has undergone some renovations and expansions recently and they’ll be officially unveiling them this coming Friday and over the weekend, as part of the National Museum Weekend. To raise awareness about the museum and it’s collection of … Continue reading ?

The Great Speculoos Mystery: Part 5

…………………………. Case File #113e …………………………. Long time readers will know that the mystery of the anonymous speculoos gifts that occasionally appear on my desk at work is my greatest unsolved case. Despite my best efforts I have been unable to uncover the identity of the perpetrator. Show More Summary

My Favorite Photo from 2015

I was asked to choose my favorite photo from 2015 and write a blog post about it by a fantastic printing company called Social Print Studio. I am participating in this photo project they are sponsoring - and their favorite post will get a free print of their photo. Show More Summary

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