An Evening in Maastricht
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After poor Brett tried to take me to several other areas which were packed due to Christmas Marts, we ended up in Maastricht for the evening. The sun was already going down as we arrived but I could tell this area was absolutely gorgeous. Maastricht is located near the German and Belgian borders. The large river running down the middle of the city is the Meuse and apparently Maastricht's name is derived from Latin, Trajectum ad Mosam meaning "Mosa-crossing" - referring to the bridge over the river built by Romans during Augustus Caesar's reign. It is one of the two oldest cities in the Netherlands which is probably why I liked it since it was definitely had old fortified remnants.
The city of Maastricht came under French rule several times in the 1600's and 1700's. After the Napoleonic era, it became part of the Netherlands in 1815. It's amazing to read the history and change of power throughout Maastricht's history, including being seized during WWII. The fortified walls that remain in Maastricht made it one of my favorite places visited on this trip!