Utrecht

Now, back to regularly scheduled programming: the Netherlands.

As we became more and more familiar with the small towns of Holland, and the ease with which we could travel between them, we began making a list of our top choices. It was a bit difficult with classes most days, but as you’ve already seen, we managed to make our way to Delft, Kinderdijk, and Leiden.

Based on our research, Utrecht was another of those must visits.

So, we rounded up a few friends, purchased tickets at the train station, and were on our way.

Utrecht is commonly referred to as Mini Amsterdam. But, after a bit of reading on local recommendations, we quickly learned this was not something the town appreciates.

As we hadn’t been to Amsterdam yet, we were able to look at it with fresh eyes and a new perspective.

Hopping off the train, we walked towards the centre of the town, immediately finding ourselves between row houses and narrow canals.

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utrecht, the netherlands

utrecht, the netherlands

utrecht, the netherlands

utrecht, the netherlands

The city centre was actually quite small, however, and it wasn’t long before we had walked down what appeared to be the 2 or 3 main roads.

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With many apartments located on the street level, we found ourselves continuously peering inside, comparing interior design and architecture, and picking out the ones we would choose.

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Travelling with two of my new-found besties, poor Cole was deemed photographer for the afternoon and had to put up with us constantly laughing in every shot.

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But ultimately, he did catch the perfect one.

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Of course, like any European town, Utrecht had its fair share of church spires and busy city squares, which we photographed using techniques from our recent photography lesson.

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img_4455Just as we were questioning returning to The Hague, the sun managed a way to shine through the clouds, and glimmered onto the city, showing Utrecht in a new light.

All of a sudden cafes were stuffed with people, and patios were opening up on the canals below.

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We decided to take advantage of the weather, after having a few days of on & off rain back home.

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utrecht, the netherlands

Taking those mandatory profile-pic worthy shots…

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And then hustling down to a place at a Greek restaurant below.

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utrecht, the netherlands

The four of us took a seat table side to the main canal, where we could laugh amongst ourselves, recant stories of the past three weeks, and whine about going home.

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All while taking in the sunshine above, and watching the odd boat motor or paddle past.

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And of course, sharing a few staple greek dishes while we were at it.

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With all the usual suspects from feta to gyros and souvlaki.

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greek food

greek food

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greek food

The visit was short & sweet, but just enough to get a feel for the town and cross it off our list!

Only a few more adventures to go!

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