We had a purpose to our trip to Utrecht. Though I’m sure often it must seem that we just randomly go places and see what will happen when we get there (and sometimes this is exactly what we do), I also wanted to be able to achieve my purpose today. So I was on a mission to go to the Nijntje Museum.
However, the Centraal Museum are very protective over all of their exhibits, and cameras and photographs are prohibited. (*pulls a face*) So here I’d like you to imagine me sitting in the world-renowned red and blue chair (I was allowed to do that) by Gerrit Rietveld, while I sneaky a picture of their courtyard.
It may have been the heat, it may have been the set up, it may have been being followed around the museum by one of the guards waiting for us to do something wrong … call me insane, but we didn’t hang around the Utrecht Centraal Museum (or that guard) for long. But with outdoor scenery like this, who could blame us for leaving the museum far behind?
The canals were calling our names, and being all too inviting with the masses of green leafy trees.
It’s one of the wonders of Europe for me; finding alleys that you can just walk through for hours and absorb the atmosphere and feel of the inhabtants. Though, in this case, I may need a local to explain the flying saucer to me …
With so many cute little stairways which lead you down to the waters edge, it’s easy to spend a great deal of time just walking around Utrecht.
Of course once 5pm hits, the sides of the canals take on a whole new life too. They are home to a great many restaurants, cafes, and bars. All of which seem like the perfect place to spend hours of time, and many, many euro!
As our day drew to a close, and the sun was still firmly up (Yay the Northern Hemisphere!), we bid Utrecht farewell, and headed on back to the train station, where I finally managed to catch a glimpse of the giant teapot which I’d heard Flamingo tell of!
It was a wonderful day, and I don’t feel like I’ve done nearly enough of what is available to me! For a completely different city, which is closer to us now than I used to commute to work every day, I feel incredibly neglectful that is has taken me so long to get there! It also makes me crave the adventure of new places even more! I’m fairly sure I’m in the grips of wanderlust!