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Utrecht, the Netherlands

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.