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Dom Tower of Utrecht

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 19, 2013

Dom Tower of Utrecht

If you spend any length of time in Utrecht you will have ample opportunity to photograph its largest landmark, the Dom Tower (cathedral tower). At 368 meters, it is one of the largest European towers constructed during the 14th century. At one time it was part of the cathedral. However, the unfinished nave collapsed in 1674 and the tower has been free-standing ever since.

It has an impressive carillon of 52 bells. Warning: if you are a light sleeper, do not book a room close to the Dom. Those bells ring all night, playing melodies every hour. I was about a kilometer away, so the noise didn’t bother me, but one of my coworkers came to work looking haggard and mumbling, “The bells, the bells….”

Dom Tower of Utrecht

Dom Tower of Utrecht

Dom Tower of Utrecht

Dom Tower of Utrecht

The next shot was taken from the plaza, which would have originally been inside the nave.

Dom Tower of Utrecht

The remaining cathedral building still has the flat wall where the collapsed nave was closed off.

Cathedral, Utrecht

View of the cathedral from the plaza:

Cathedral, Utrecht

I was playing around with the angles to show the separation of the two buildings.

Dom Tower of Utrecht

dom Tower of Utrecht

Canal in Utrecht

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Utrecht Buildings

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 16, 2013

You didn’t seriously think I’d finished posting my Utrecht photos, did you? 🙂

Silhouette of church roof:

Roof, Utrecht

Rather baroque university building near the Domplatz:

University Building, Utrecht

Orange university building with nice brickwork:

University Building, Utrecht

Office section of a church:

Utrecht Building

Row of old white houses on Springweg:

Old white houses

Corner building wih iron ties on the side:

Utrecht Building

Corner building dated 1897:

Utrecht Building

Another building with fine ironwork ties:

Utrecht street

Old brick tower with very colourful shutters:

Utrecht Building

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Utrecht Whimsy

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 8, 2013

Painted arm

Knitted fish spotted in a kitchen window:

Knitted Fish

Wire bicycles with Jakarta travel brochures:

Wire Bicycles

The Pusher’s Apostrophe: I’ve given up trying to tell people how to punctuate  “hash joints”…

Hash and Weed Menues

Colourful metal necklaces

Metal Necklaces

Multi-tasking on the flight from Paris to Amsterdam. He wanted to make a change in the document on my laptop while he was doing his email.

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Karel V Hotel, Utrecht

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 7, 2013

Karel V hotel courtyard

The five-star Grand Hotel Karel V is in the center of Utrecht. The original building complex dates from the 14th century and was home to the Teutonic Knights for 450 years. Karel V (Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire) and his sister Maria of Hungary stayed there in 1546. In 1808, King Louis Napoleon forced the Teutonic order to surrender the building and it was turned into a military hospital in 1811. Between 1986 and 1999, the building was neglected. After 3.5 years of renovation, the building re-opened as a hotel (info from the folder holding my key card).

The photo above was taken in the courtyard, behind the main building. It’s quite a large complex with a spa (I didn’t have time to visit it), a couple restaurants, and a modern Roman wing.

The photo below shows the building from the front. It was a bit too wide for a wide angle (canal makes it difficult to get enough distance), so I photographed it at an angle. My room was in the former attic, at the right end of the building, just under the chimneys.

Karel V hotel

Same courtyard, from a different angle, with the Dom Tower in the background.

Karel V hotel courtyard

Hallway leading to my room. The porter said the beams are original, so I checked the joins and pegs. All hand-carved.

Karel V hotel hall

View inside the room, showing only half the room. It was quite large, with a high ceiling with beams and two triangular windows. It was too dark at night, but generally quite comfortable.

Karel V hotel

Photo in the corridor showing the original attic. My room stretches across the entire width of the building.

Karel V hotel

Room in the Roman wing. My coworker ended up in a deluxe two-level room. The bedroom (huge bed with a canopy thingie) and two marble bathrooms were downstairs.

Karel V hotel

Study upstairs, with desk, TV, couch, and a/c. Rough life!

Karel V hotel

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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 Windows

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 5, 2013

Two bicycles, facing each other, in front of a red building with a vine

Two Bicycles

Commercial building in the city center:

Utrecht Building

I was struck by the beautiful lace curtains and sometimes rather elaborate still-life arrangements in ordinary windows. Unfortunately, I couldn’t photograph one window with porcelain jars because a man was sitting at the table, drinking coffee, behind the window both times I checked (morning and evening). I guess he really liked the view.

Window

Detail of a library window.

Window, Utrecht

Love the red shutters…

Red Shutters

Red Building, Utrecht

Triangular window in my hotel room, with a view of the Dom tower.

Karel V hotel

Residential buildings in the historic city center

windows

Windows

Message in the door of a house. I’m not sure how the letters were fastened to the glass. The passageway was quite dark.

Window, 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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