Last weekend me and my daughter visited Utrecht in the Netherlands, just 170 km from us … We stayed at a local’s home – we were travelling via airbnb … it was a great experience. Marianne, the woman we lived at was so kind and helpful… she took time for some chats, gave hints and lent us bikes so we were able to go to the city centre in only a few minutes… with the “Thank you doodle” (title picture) I thanked her for the nice stay.
In Utrecht you can visit the oldest fabric market of the Netherlands. On May 9, 1597 the Utrecht municipality gave permission to the linen weavers’ guild to keep a linen market twice a year. Now it is open every Saturday.
View from Winkel van Sinkel to Utrecht cathedral tower.
The Winkel van Sinkel was the first department store opened in the Netherlands 1839. Nowaday it is a grand cafe by day and a club by night. The four iron statues at the front where produced in England – the only country which had the technology to produce such giants in the early 19th century.
Carol Cox – a local fabricshop in Utrecht
Oudegracht (“old canal”… in Utrecht
The Inktpot-building is the biggest brick building of the Netherlands – built between 1918/21. The UFO on the top is a sculpture with 12 metres diameter by Mark Ruygrok.
St. Willibrordskerk Utrecht – St Willibrord’s is one of the finest remaining examples of the Gothic Revival built between 1875 and 1879. The church is almost completely hidden from view by its surrounding buildings so the rich interior is completely surprising. http://www.sintwillibrorduskerk.nl/english/
… sitting in a bar in the evening having a “Leffe blonde” and listening and watching to public tango (with a real orchestra)
lovely bird’s house from an old teapot – even with water reservoir
And because I travelled with a teenager we had a one day side-trip for shopping to Amsterdam too…
My daughter Kira.
Amsterdam flower market
I must admit that I wanted to go to a special store too… since I read about it at Nikki’s blog post a while ago I wanted to go there. And I did 🙂
THE quiltshop in Amsterdam
Quilt in Amsterdam
1st floor in the shop
And of course I didn’t leave the shop without buying anything…
… bought some fat quaters
Voilà… couldn’t resist…
couldn’t resist… a Dutch heritage fabric selection