If you ask me what provincial capital I like best from the ones I know, it is definitely Utrecht, capital of the province of Utrecht. Located at the center of the country, trainstation at a most convenient location, Hoog Catharijne shopping mall seamlessly connected to the station hall, the entrance to the Jaarbeurs exhibition buildings less than 5 minutes walk, the old town also right at the station. And what a lovely old town center, with the picturesque wharfs along the Oudegracht (Old canal), lots of restaurants and cafes there now, as well as art shops.
So when Keiko and I had to set a location for a meet-up it was easily set to Utrecht. This time we did not have trouble to find each other, although the station was much bigger than the one at Haarlem. We got through the Hoog Catharijne shopping mall, which was remarkably low on customers for 11 AM on a Friday morning (due the bad economics?) But once outside we noticed a cozy atmosphere with locals and tourists all over.
We decided to have a coffee first, and then we walked around town, got on the innercourts at the Dom church, sat down for a lunch at Delphi's, and had a peek in the "Museum voor het kruideniersbedrijf" , also known as "Betje Boerhaavemuseum" - a museum on the history of grocery.
All too soon it was 4 PM and time to go home again, after a very nice day chatting and strolling.
Utrecht Sights & Attractions review
Just a few steps from the Neude through some quiet and narrow streets at an innercourt you can find this cute little shop and museum on the history of… read entire review