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New Year’s Fireworks Over Utrecht

Happy New Year! Tagged: fireworks, holidays, new year's eve, video

Utrecht’s Beautiful Canals

One last post today, as I noticed people getting to my blog via searches for the beautiful canals of Utrecht. We do have beautiful canals, the Oudegracht being one of the best known. I like how it changes depending on … Continue reading ?

2014 in review

I keep seeing so many end-of-year comments and posts today that I have to keep checking that today is really the 30th and not the 31st. Fortunately, there’s still a day or two left of 2014 to get things sorted, … Continue reading ?

The Dog Days of Christmas

I am irresistibly drawn to dogs and regularly find myself admiring the many dogs we see while out and about. Occasionally I can get a quick snap or two of some of them, but dogs being dogs, most photos end … Continue reading ?

Touring Utrecht’s Christmas Markets

The other weekend, Utrecht was overflowing with kerstmarkten (Christmas markets). Mariaplaats, Twijnstraat, Domplein, Stadhuis, and other winter festivities at Neude were among the offerings and fortunately the weather cooperated. It was a gorgeous sunny winter day. The Domplein was the … Continue reading ?

Bashful Bear

It’s not often you spot an ijsbeer (polar bear) in the middle of the Domplein, so I can be excused for wanting to take advantage of this rare occasion and get a few wildlife photos. Sadly, like many animals, a … Continue reading ?

Domtoren as Fietstoren

              It’s been kerstmarkt (Christmas Market) weekend here in Utrecht, with markets popping up all over town. We hit them all, except the one at Mariaplaats, including the newest one at the Domplein. There … Continue reading...

Zeven Steegjes From a Different Perspective

I wrote about the Zeven Steegjes (Seven Alleys) two years ago. For a moment, I thought I’d written about them two years ago to the day, but then realized I was a month off. Still, close enough. Last month, while … Continue reading ?

Wordless Wednesday: Letters van Utrecht

More info … Tagged: art in Utrecht, letters of utrecht, letters van utrecht, photography, street poem, things to see in Utrecht

Rotterdam’s Cube Houses

As mentioned previously, while some friends were visiting last month, we took a trip to Rotterdam. There was only one main goal that day — a post still to come — but while we were there, I really wanted to … Continue reading ?

Happy Sinterklaas

Today is St. Nicholas Day, when all the Sinterklaas celebrations come to a sugar-filled finale. I missed the Sint’s intocht (arrival) this year and I think I’m being punished for it with a cold that won’t go away. No gifts … Continue reading ?

Wordless Wednesday: Sunshine on the Oudegracht

Tagged: oudegracht, photography, utrecht canals, utrecht wharfs, wordless wednesday

The Dutch Connection to Thanksgiving

Originally posted on A Flamingo in Utrecht:Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate, and happy Thursday to those who don’t. Regardless of your nationality, it’s always nice to take a moment to think about the good things in your life...

The Abaya - Back in Black

There has been a lot of discussion lately about what women in Saudi Arabia must wear when they are out in public. That traditionally black cloak worn over her clothing that hides the female form is called the abaya, and lately there have been heated discussions about whether colored abayas should be permitted or not. Show More Summary

Caturday: Ginger Edition

Lurking in the shadows — or on a wall, or under a bench, or beneath a grate, or out a window — at Flora’s Hof and the connecting bookstore, you’re bound to come across a fearless ginger cat. I’ve seen … Continue reading ?

Domtoren in the Mist

Last week, Utrecht turned a bit misty, but that didn’t stop the city from looking stunning as usual. A number of people took amazing photos of the Domtoren with its own shadows in the mist. And now it turns out … Continue reading ?

Modern Rotterdam Centraal

While my friends were visiting, we did end up taking a couple of day trips to Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Our visit to Rotterdam was for one specific point of interest, which I’ll post about eventually, once I can whittle down … Continue reading ?

Caturday: Pretty Kitty

As my visiting friends discovered, Utrecht is full of adorable cats and we were all stopping regularly to admire them. This is one I happened to spot on one of the little side streets off Twijnstraat leading down to the … Continue reading ?

The Complete Opposite of Today

Just six days ago, it was a glorious autumn day. Today, it’s cold, grey, and miserable. Maybe tomorrow will be nice again. Tagged: Dom cathedral, Dutch light, dutch weather, photography, utrecht cathedral

Enchanting Najran - Saudi Arabia

Last month I took a little trip down to the city of Najran, in southern Saudi Arabia near the Yemen border. The fascinating history of the area, the friendly people, along with the varied geography make this place a must-see destination for any expat living in Saudi Arabia. Show More Summary

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