Thursday, April 11, 2013

Postcards from the Netherlands

Amy Williams and Hugo Grotius in Delft

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled with my wife Terri and daughter Jennifer to visit our daughter Amy who is studying international law in the Netherlands. That's Amy above with her mentor Hugo Grotius, the "Father of International Law."

A beautiful canal in central Utrecht

Amy lives just a few steps away from this beautiful canal in central Utrecht.

Bicycle parking in Utrecht

A bicycle is one of the best ways to get around the city center, but you have to park it somewhere. This parking area is near the Utrecht central train station.

Nine O'Clock at the Dom Tower

It's easy to know what time it is in Utrecht.  It was nine o'clock when we walked past the Dom Tower and its bells began to ring.

Footbridge in Maastricht

We took a weekend trip to Maastricht where it had snowed the day before.  This water channel which feeds the moat surrounding the old town walls no longer has much defensive value. But it's great for a quiet walk.

Maastricht Town Hall in the moonlight

The Maastricht Town Hall, which was across the square from our hotel, looks a little eerie in the moonlight.

Route 66 neon sign

I was surprised to see this in a shop window on the square in Maastricht.

Snowing in Utrecht

When we returned to Utrecht, we were able to take a walk with these gigantic snowflakes falling. I particularly like the way the orange backpack contrasts with the dull colors of the cobblestones and bricks.

We had a wonderful time exploring the Netherlands with Amy and Jennifer. Where are you planning to vacation this year?

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