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Utrecht Canals

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 6, 2013

Oudegracht canal with the ubiquitous Domtor (cathedral tower) in the background.

Canal in Utrecht

Small restaurant on the wharf. Many of these warehouses seem to have been converted into artists’ studios.

Restaurant, Canal

Canal in Utrecht

Water basin:

Sculpture, Canal

Sculpture, Canal

Sculpture, Canal

Canal in Utrecht

Canal in Utrecht

Canal in Utrecht

Sepia view on a rainy morning.

Canal in Utrecht

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Utrecht

Posted by Avital Pinnick on April 30, 2013

Canal in Utrecht

I was in Utrecht for business last week, from Monday evening until Thursday. Although I put in plenty of 12-hour work days, I did manage to take a few photos. The hotel that I chose was in the center of town, near the old section of Utrecht, with canals. The canal in the first photo was only a few blocks from the hotel.

Below is a a church roof, underexposed to show the silhouette.

Roof, Utrecht

Tile peacock decoration on a building on Neugerachte.

Tiles

The Dom tower is visible from almost every place in the center of Utrecht, so I have a lot of photos of it. There was good light on the second evening.

Dom Tower of Utrecht

Love the colours of the boots and bicycle. If I hadn’t been so rushed I would have taken this shot at a lower angle. When you’re wearing business clothes it’s a lot harder to get down on the ground to take some shots.

Boots

The first morning it rained. I photographed this tulip near the large canal in front of the hotel.

Tulip in rain

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The Quiet Side of Venice

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 20, 2012

Fondamenta Case Nuove, Venice

Photo of Fondamenta Case Nuove at sunset.

The center of Venice, around San Marco and the Rialto bridge, is so crowded and noisy that it’s easy to forget that Venice has quiet streets. On our last night we walked around the Sestria Cannaregio. Venice is divided into six (= “sei” in Italian) sestrias and Cannaregio is one of the quietest. It is near the Santa Lucia train station, around the Jewish Ghetto. You can actually hear birds singing, instead of suitcase wheels rumbling over concrete. By the way, did you know that the population of the historic section of Venice (without Mestre and the other mainland areas) is approximately 60,000? And that they receive over 7 million visitors a year?

Rio di San Girolamo, Venice

In the late afternoon we stopped for beer at a cafe on Rio di San Girolamo. We were the only customers for a while, until two Italian women met, kissed each other on the cheek, sat down, and ordered some wine.

Rio di San Girolamo, Venice

Our waiter was amused when I asked if I could take his picture.

Waiter, Venice

No gondolas, just the small private boats that function as cars in this city.

Rio di San Girolamo, Venice

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