Sunday, February 25, 2018

Utrecht: Sunny Day Biking in Maxima Park & Break at Anafora

Goedendag, goededag, goeiedag, goeiendag are ways of saying "Good Day" in Dutch =)

Back in October last year, Dutchman and I did a combo run in Maxima Park in Utrecht. He with his skates (rollerblades) and moi with my bike.

It was lovely weather for a weekend in October which only meant that beaches and parks will be full. We do not always have great weather here in the Netherlands so when the skies are blue and the sun shines, we hit the outdoors.

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Maxima Park, named after the wife (she is queen) of the reigning monarch in the Netherlands, King Willem Alexander. It is the biggest man-made city park in Utrecht designed to mimic nature but created as a leisure, sports and architecture park decorated with 7 big art installations.

The location is not too far away from the city center, in the middle of 3 neighbourhoods, Vleuten, de Meern and Leidse Rijn. It is a relatively new park just opened in 2013. It is huge and really nice, perhaps one of the most beautiful parks in the country.

Go here for more information and drone shots and videos: Maxima Park Utrecht

You can do a lot of outdoorsy activities here such as jogging, biking, skating, yoga-ing (why not?) and boating. People stroll and visit the gardens, appreciate art or sit on benches to enjoy the fresh air and while away time. Children have access to a number of playgrounds and there are lots of places to do an afternoon picnic, which I am very keen on doing when we move into the new house, although we have a lake and park as well but not as big as Maxima Park.

Chilling at the park.

There is also the Anafora Park Restaurant located in the middle of it which has an outdoor terrace and a children's playground. The children's playground is massive and I can understand that this is a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon if you have kids.

Well, Anafora is also a good place for the adults. A glass of chilled Chardonnay on a warm day like this day on the terrace is the cherry on top of the icing. It does not have to cost a lot to enjoy life, right?

Today is also lovely weather in the Netherlands but its freezing cold outside, fluctuating between 0C and 1C. It was biting cold when I did my weekend run early this morning. You'd think its higher temperature with the blue skies and sun, oh well, it's not! So I am staying indoors today and quite happy to look at pictures of warmer days.

Location of Maxima Park and Anafora, it is not too far away from Utrecht Centrum.

October/autumn is, of course, pumpkin month.

Very busy here at Anafora. I was quite surprised we managed to get a table.

Beautiful day to be outside. It's free.

Travel Period: October 2017
Destination: Utrecht West (Utrecht), Netherlands

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All pictures were taken by a point and shoot pocket camera or a smartphone.

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