Utrecht, the Netherlands
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Utrecht from nearby forest
Pope John Paul II was in the Netherlands in 1985. Many consider this trip the worst of his career and he travelled extensively. In Utrecht his entourage faced protest and riot.
In late October 2007, I went from Ireland to visit an American friend who was in Utrecht for a few days. I made some notes about the news while I was there....
I learned that I really had learned Dutch living in Nijmegen a few years earlier....
The Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie was an upgrade to the national military floodplain system, whereby a new segment incorporated the city of Utrecht, regained from France after the fall of Napoleon.