I tend to frequent Utrecht but I am usually visiting friends and haven't done too much touring or taking photos. Recently I did a bit more exploring. We started in the city center at The Dom, which is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands. Personally, I love it because they played Space Oddity by David Bowie on the bells after his death. The Dom was sold out for the day so we were unable to climb it, but we did wander the city center and explore slightly outward.
Utrecht is one of the most populous cities in The Netherlands and could be called the heart of the country. Personally, I think it is wonderful and underrated. The charm of the Dutch architecture and historic city center give this city the warmth of a small town with the amenities and action of a large one. There is always plenty to do in Utrecht - the cities hosts several festivals throughout the year and has a variety of music and theater venues.
We walked the city center near the canal and for lunch I had the famous Broodje Mario, which was delicious and can attract a lengthy queue. We wandered back through the city toward my friend Sanne's home (see: photo of the tall beautiful blonde woman holding Tulips, could she be any more Dutch?) through the Witte Vrouwen area, White Womens area, a name that I find so strange and entertaining.
On Sunday, we drove by the Rietveld Schroder House, built in 1924 by Gerrit Rietveld based on the principles of de Stijl, (simple geometric lines and primary colors) and looks like a Mondrian painting.
We also visited Lage Vuursche, a small village in the woods that is the current residence of former Queen Beatrix. There we had a delicious lunch of Pannekoeken, I like mine with bacon and cheese. It snowed that day and it was really peaceful and beautiful falling through the trees of the forest.