My American friend Reese was visiting Holland from Spain (he travels a bit) and my buddy Seamus asked if I wanted to join them for an afternoon’s walk through Utrecht.

It’s been a few years since I visited the city, known for its old architecture and charming canals, such that it often stands in for Amsterdam in films.

We visited the Dom cathedral, promenaded along the canals and enjoy the last spasm of summer, panting our regret at donning winter coats.

I’ll miss the light, but I’m sure glad I got a taste.