Had a pretty busy day today and I’m feeling pretty tired. This morning I hopped on my bike and headed to the station where I stored it in a guarded bicycle store, they charge one euro or so to look after it for a day. Next on to the train for Utrecht which I’d missed visiting when I bailed from the cycling/camping. The station is enormous (I arrived on platform 19) and incorporated into a massive, ugly, sprawling shopping centre but once you get out the town is an attractive place with canals set deep into the ground with old basements near water level. many of these basements have been converted into cafes.
The old cathedral has a tower, the Domtoren, 106 metres (406 steps) high so of course I had to join the group and climb it, the view was great and in the distance Amsterdam and the Hague could be seen.
I also visited the St Catherine’s Convent museum which shows a collection of religious artifacts, silver and gold plate, statuary, paintings etc. It was imaginatively laid out and managed to be good fun.
In the middle of the afternoon, I needed a break, so I found a cafe with a view and sat and drew the pic attached. The photo is of the tower.