Utrecht, a Startling Scene

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I found another excellent article about Utrecht on the web from Giulia who obviously loves her work and loved her visit from Italy to Utrecht.

Giulia Blocal is a Travel & Street Art blogger as you will see from her web site below.

As Giulia says:

“I blog about unconventional destinations, abandoned places, street art, outskirts, urban landscapes, weird spots and basically all the places I happen to visit and become very enthusiastic about

Here is an excellent piece about all things Utrecht, but particularly the amazing Street Art that the city shows off to everyone every day!

“A startling weekend in Utrecht, where the canals are tourist-free

Since the moment I first stepped into Utrecht from the back of the train station, I felt ‘something different’ hovering in the crisp winter air. It was something I haven’t ever experienced in Amsterdam, something tangible in the streets and – yet – seemingly impossible to pinpoint.I went to the Hall of Fame and took my first graffiti shots, then headed to the hipster area of Rotsoord. After lunch, I still couldn’t name what was different in Utrecht.Sure, the city was smaller and more compact than Amsterdam. In fact, no matter what destination I put on Google Map, the answer was always encouraging; only once did the app estimate more than 10 minutes of walking.

Obviously the well-known university of Utrecht attracts a lively, young crowd to the city: pubs and cafés are crowded with students, where lots of cultural activities satisfy their curious minds. However, I’m way over university parties and I definitely can’t say that I miss the bustling cultural life in Amsterdam. So although the student:adult ratio is indeed different in Utrecht, it wasn’t that intangible charm that I was trying to put a name on.

I had my epiphany on the second day, while sipping a Belgian beer on a picaresque canal that looked straight off of a postcard. I was staring at the pointed buildings, which look very similar to the ones in the city centre of Amsterdam… ”

To find out exactly what it was that Giulia noticed click on to her blog Blocal 

Extract by kind permission of blocal-travel.com

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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