Further exploration of Utrecht

I love Utrecht. It is a lovely town and a short train ride away from me. There are lots of restaurants and things to do. I often walk by the Domkerk when I visit. The Pandenhof is the cloister adjoining the church.

The famous Domkerk
The famous Domkerk
Corridor off the Pandenhof
Corridor off the Pandenhof
Pandenhof
Pandenhof

Utrecht also has several canals. There are cafes along many of the canals. One of my favorite wine bars overlooks a canal. At some point I want to rent a boat to tour along the canals.

canal
canal
Relief along a canal depicting Icarus
Relief along a canal depicting Icarus

I am a huge nerd (no shocker to those of you who know me) and I love museums. The Speelklok Musuem is pretty cool and one of the more unusual museums I have visited. They have a variety of mechanical music devices from music boxes on up to precursors of the jukebox. You can still see speelkloken in town markets and festivals all over the Netherlands. The ones in town are usually the size of a keyboard and operated by one person. I love listening to them as I go about errands in town.

Phonoliszt Violina at the Speelklok museum
Phonoliszt Violina at the Speelklok museum

Nijntje is one of the more famous Dutch residents; she’s been around since the mid 1950’s. Her name comes from the Dutch word for little rabbit (konijntje). English speakers know her better as Miffy. I totally missed it last time I was there but there are Nijntje traffic lights in Utrecht. There is also an adorable Nijntje store in downtown Utrecht.

Nijntje Pleintje - English speakers know her as Miffy
Nijntje Pleintje
Nijntje aka Miffy
Nijntje aka Miffy

Sculpture in Amsterdam

I have a bit of an obsession with finding art in public spaces. Below is some of the art I’ve stumbled upon while wandering Amsterdam.

I couldn't find a title or description for this sculpture.
I couldn’t find a title or description for this sculpture.
This is a statue of Spinoza. The inscription at the bottom reads "De doel van de staat is de vrijheid" or "The purpose of the state is freedom."
This is a statue of Spinoza. The inscription at the bottom reads “De doel van de staat is de vrijheid” or “The purpose of the state is freedom.”
This guy is sticking out of a wall near a canal. Again no title or descriptor found.
This guy is sticking out of a wall near a canal. Again no title or descriptor found.
mural on Spui
mural on Spui
Sculpture in Westergasfabriek
Sculpture in Westergasfabriek
Floating sculpture in Westergasfabriek
Floating roccoco dress sculpture in Westergasfabriek
De schreeuw in Oosterpark
De schreeuw in Oosterpark
"Gedeeld verleden, gezamenlijke toekomst" (shared past, common future), Oosterpark
“Gedeeld verleden, gezamenlijke toekomst” (shared past, common future), Oosterpark

You can see more art that I’ve found around the Netherlands here.