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A Dutch Guide to Camping

During the summer months (or at least the part of summer that has good weather) the highways of Holland become filled with caravans as Dutch people make their way to camp sites all over the country (and nearby countries if they have enough petrol). The Dutch love to go camping but it is not camping […] The post A Dutch Guide to Camping appeared first on Invading Holland.

Wordless Wednesday: Nieuwegracht Ironwork

Tagged: ironwork, nieuwegracht, Pausdam, photography, utrech architecture, utrecht streets, wordless wednesday

Becoming Dutch: Visual Guide #1

This cartoon first appeared in the July/August edition of DUTCH:The Magazine The post Becoming Dutch: Visual Guide #1 appeared first on Invading Holland.

Wordless Wednesday: Film, Food, and Fietsen

Tagged: 't hoogt, bicycles, cycling, Dutch architecture, dutch cycling, fingerposts, photography, street photography, tour de france, wordless wednesday

Cars, Caravans and Sleep Deprivation

(The following is a story I wrote last year for a story telling night. It has never appeared on this blog until now. Since I’m away on a camping holiday this week it seemed appropriate. Enjoy). When my daughter grows up she is going to be a scientist. This might sound like quite a bold […] The post Cars, Caravans and Sleep Deprivation appeared first on Invading Holland.

Greek with a French Twist

Mykonos, besides being a Greek island, is a restaurant here in Utrecht just off of Neude. When I passed by the other weekend during the Tour de France Grand Depart events, I couldn’t help but notice a certain French bistro … Continue reading ?

Odd one out

… or, one of these things is not like the other. Tagged: american autos, classic cars in utrecht, oddities, photography

Back to our regularly scheduled weather …

Tagged: new and old architecture, photography, Utrecht churches, Utrecht skyline, weather, wordless wednesday

Things To Do During A Dutch Heat Wave

Every Dutch summer is the same. At first it seems like there will be no summer at all. The weather is terrible. It rains. It’s cold. It’s cloudy. It rains some more. Then suddenly the entire country is hit by an intense heat wave as if summer suddenly realized it was late and is desperately […] The post Things To Do During A Dutch Heat Wave appeared first on Invading Holland.

Utrecht’s Gone a Little Yellow

In case you haven’t seen enough yellow this past week in Utrecht, Toerisme Utrecht did a bit of guerilla marketing in the early hours of this morning, putting out yellow sunglasses along a large stretch of the Oudegracht. (As an … Continue reading ?

Domtoren Tour de France Concert

In about an hour, at 12:30, there will be a special cycling/France-themed Domtoren concert. With the Tour de France ready to start tomorrow, the theme is obvious. Carillonneur, Malgosia Fiebig, will be performing a fantastic set list that includes Tom … Continue reading ?

From the Kitchen to the Podium

JEDDAH ELITE LADIES TOASTMASTERS by Rayeesa Tabassum This year, our city, Jeddah, had the privilege of hosting the Saudi Arabian Toastmasters Annual Conference: SATAC 2015. It was a grand affair, bringing together the best speaking talents from all over the country. Show More Summary

Bikes, Flowers, and Flags for the Tour de France

This adorable, at-an-angle building on the Oudegracht is often decorated for various festive events, such as Queen’s Day/King’s Day. Therefore, it’s no surprise that they’ve gotten into the Tour de France spirit. The flag is a common one you’ll see … Continue reading ?

Tour de Gracht

Although I haven’t listed it on my “things to do in Utrecht” posts, others have recommended renting one of the pedal boats on the Oudegracht. I’ve come close to doing it, but for various reasons, never have. Still, it does … Continue reading ?

Colorful Caryatids

Yellow is a tough color to wear, but the caryatids at the Winkel van Sinkel on the Oudegracht seem to be pulling it off. I guess if you’re going to wear such a vivid shade, it’s not surprising that you’d … Continue reading ?

Bicycles Instead of Fireworks

Even after many years here, when I see the date of 4 July, my mind turns to the American Independence Day, even though I’m now more likely to write the date the way the rest of the world does. Typically … Continue reading ?

The Move That Almost Didn’t Happen

They always say that moving is one of the most stressful things you can do in life. I’ve always found that hard to belive because I can think of a lot of things I would find far more stressful. Trying to defuse a bomb with only child safety scissors for example, or trying to make […] The post The Move That Almost Didn’t Happen appeared first on Invading Holland.

Bicycles and Rainbows

A rainbow bicycle seems the perfect image of my thoughts these days. With the Tour de France Grand Depart fast approaching — and more and more decorations going up around town that I hope to photograph tomorrow — it’s hard … Continue reading ?

Eight More Things to Do in Utrecht

Last November, when I had friends from three countries visiting at once, I wanted to make a list of things they could do when I wasn’t available for sight-seeing — and some I wanted to do but hadn’t gotten around … Continue reading ...

Superguppie Hearts Nijntje

Next stop on the Nijntje Parade is the Domplein, where two of the decorated, larger-than-life statue of Nijntje (Miffy) can be found. Even amid festivals and markets, the statues stake their claim. This one seems a particularly good pairing. It’s … Continue reading ?

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