On the weekend’s, I try not to linger in the neighbourhood where I live – it’s not very exciting. Instead I head out to the centre of the city, so I think I can justifiably call this ‘My Neighbourhood’.
The city centre of Utrecht is filled with canals, very similar to Amsterdam. The exception is that the canals in Utrecht consist of two levels – the ordinary street level and as you can see here a wharf, close to the water. During sunny days these will be filled with terraces of the various restaurants and cafes that dot the canals.
This part of the Oudegracht – the Old Canal – is called the Lichte Gaard, or lovingly referred to as Little Venice. On the wall of one of the houses is part of a story by C.C.S. Crone, a writer from Utrecht.
“Later stond hij in de Lichte Gaard naar de sterrenhemel te kijken. Nu had hij bij zijn verdriet nog de hik gekregen.”
Later, he was standing at the Lichte Gaard, staring at the stars. Now he had gotten, in addition to his sadness, also the hiccups.
On a nice summery day there is nothing better than to stroll past the canals. Have a coffee at my favourite coffee place, only to settle down in the eve for a nice dinner somewhere.
Unfortunately, this weekend the nice spring weather of last week had made its exit already, so I took shelter in one of my favourite restaurants for a nice lunch! 🙂