30 January 2013

Oude Gracht

Oude Gracht, Utrecht

The medieval Oude Gracht canal in Utrecht, with the tower of the Dom church in the background.

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18 January 2013

University Hall

University Hall Utrecht

Next to the Dom church in Utrecht is the University Hall. While most of the university moved out of the city to a campus on the outskirts of Utrecht, the University Hall is still there. It is used for academic ceremonies - graduations, inaugural lectures and the like.

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17 January 2013

Herb garden

Herb garden and arcade, Dom church, Utrecht

Yesterday I showed you the arcade around the herb garden that is part of the Dom church in Utrecht. On today's photo you can see the garden, as seen from the arcade. It's winter, so the garden looks a bit dead now.

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16 January 2013

15 January 2013

Lepelenburg Park

Lepelenburg Park, Utrecht

Yesterday I shared a view from the Lepelenburg Park in Utrecht, in the direction of the downtown area. I have another one today, with a different viewpoint. The background is the same, with the tower of the Dom church. In the foreground you can see part of the park itself.

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14 January 2013


Servaasbolwerk, Utrecht

I took this photo on the Lepelenburg park in Utrecht. The buildings on the foreground are on the Servaasbolwerk street. On the left you can just see a part of the Leeuwenbergh church. In the background is the tower of the Dom church in the heart of downtown Utrecht.

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11 January 2013

Paved road

Zonstraat, Utrecht

During a city hike through Utrecht I came across the Zonstraat street, more or less by accident. A beautiful old paved road. Note the advertisement on the wall of the higher building, for a former laundry shop. Very old (1920s?), though probably recently restored to its former glory.

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10 January 2013

St Anthony Hospital

Former St Anthony Hospital, Utrecht

This used to be St Anthony's hospital, the catholic hospital of Utrecht City, the Netherlands.

The hospital still exists, but it moved to the town Nieuwegein, a suburb of Utrecht. It's not a catholic hospital anymore, though. I shared photos of it in the past, here and here.

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07 January 2013


Minstroom, Utrecht

The Minstroom, a little river in Utrecht. I took this photo from the corner of the Rembrandtkade and the Prins Hendriklaan streets.

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04 January 2013


Soestdijk Royal Palace

The last photo of Soestdijk, for now. A frontal view of the palace against an autumn sky. I hope you enjoyed the photo tour of the palace (that started here), and please join me next week for a new daily photo.

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03 January 2013

Soestdijk Royal Palace

Royal Palace Soestdijk

Until 2004, Soestdijk was the home of Queen Juliana and her husband Prince Bernhard. And this is how you could see the palace: from outside the gate. When the former Queen and her husband passed away in 2004, the palace, state property, became vacant. Since 2005 and until a new destination for the palace is found, it is open to the public.

I visited both the palace and the palace gardens this fall. Photography in the palace is, unfortunately, not allowed, so I only have photos taken in the gardens. Most of those photos were impossible only a decade ago (unless you were a guest of the royal family).

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02 January 2013


A fountain in the gardens of Soestdijk Royal Palace

A fountain in the pond of the palace gardens of Soestdijk Royal Palace, against a backdrop of autumn leaves.

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01 January 2013


Elephant statues in the palace garden of Soestdijk

At the back of Soestdijk Royal Palace in Baarn are these two statues of elephants. They belonged to Prince Bernhard (1911-2004), who lived at this palace from his marriage to Princess Juliana (who later became Queen Juliana of the Netherlands) in 1937 until his death in 2004.

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