Sunday, May 3, 2015

Utrecht

Sunday weather wasn't as nice as Saturday, so glad we decided to ride on Saturday then go to Utrecht by train on Sunday.

Utrecht is an ancient city with a rich history, home of the Netherland's largest university, center of both major churches, etc.  But frankly, I just didn't like it as much as some other towns.  It's a big, busy, modern city.  Plus it was raining, and modern downtowns are never at their best on rainy days.

Visited the Museum Catharijneconvent, a museum focused on "...the Dutch Christian experience with master paintings & modern artifacts."  A pretty serious kind of museum. But among the celebration of ecclesiastical excess (excess is in the eye of the beholder, so my perception of the show may not necessarily be universal) where some very beautiful things and some moments of levity.

After the museum we found a current conceptual art project, one evolving over time:  a poem, begun in 2000 and being laid in cobblestone pavement one letter at a time with a new letter laid every Saturday.  Collaborative effort, and the ending is unknown.  This was a beautiful rainy day experience!





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Talked with a homeless guy and his pet rat at the railroad station.  Good guy, mildly crazy for certain but friendly, and the rat was healthy and happy so who's to judge? 

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