An Evening in Maastricht

Maastricht Travel Blog

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YEAH..he finally looked at the camera! LOL

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!

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YEAH..he finally looked at the cam…
YEAH..he finally looked at the ca…
Buildings on the other side of the…
Buildings on the other side of th…
Buildings on the other side of the…
Buildings on the other side of th…
Driving through town
Driving through town
Driving through town
Driving through town
Full parking lots! Darn Christmas …
Full parking lots! Darn Christmas…
Buildings on the other side of the…
Buildings on the other side of th…
Driving through Maastricht
Driving through Maastricht
Beautiful Maastricht bridge over t…
Beautiful Maastricht bridge over …
Old fort walls and public park area
Old fort walls and public park area
Another view of the wall and parti…
Another view of the wall and part…
Medieval gate
Medieval gate
SHEEP! SHEEP! :D
SHEEP! SHEEP! :D
Ice rink in the Christmas Mart area
Ice rink in the Christmas Mart area
Ferris Wheel!
Ferris Wheel!
The street lined with booths for t…
The street lined with booths for …
Mmmm...waffles!
Mmmm...waffles!
Carolers at the Christmas Mart
Carolers at the Christmas Mart
Another shot of the Ferris Wheel
Another shot of the Ferris Wheel
Christmas Mart - pics of St John a…
Christmas Mart - pics of St John …
Yummy!
Yummy!
Santas reindeer looks like hes b…
Santa's reindeer looks like he's …
Dinosaur in a Christmas Mart?!?!
Dinosaur in a Christmas Mart?!?!
Making the potato pancake things
Making the potato pancake things
These potato like pancake things t…
These potato like pancake things …
Potato things frying
Potato things frying
The childrens roller coaster - Br…
The children's roller coaster - B…
Look at happy Brett! LOL
Look at happy Brett! LOL
Reminded me of Pooh Bear a bit! :D
Reminded me of Pooh Bear a bit! :D
I wanted to ride in Santas sleigh…
I wanted to ride in Santa's sleig…
What are those hiding behind the f…
What are those hiding behind the …
Crepes! Waffles! Youre killing me…
Crepes! Waffles! You're killing m…
Look at the camera Brett! LOL
Look at the camera Brett! LOL
At the Xmas Mart and Brett still n…
At the Xmas Mart and Brett still …
Take 600 and still only me looking…
Take 600 and still only me lookin…
Me in front of the Christmas Mart
Me in front of the Christmas Mart
Brett in front of the Christmas Ma…
Brett in front of the Christmas M…
Such pretty decorations for the ho…
Such pretty decorations for the h…
Id be really fat if I lived in Eu…
I'd be really fat if I lived in E…
Example of old Limburg architecture
Example of old Limburg architecture
New shopping area that features a …
New shopping area that features a…
Mall in Maastricht
Mall in Maastricht
Beautiful storefront windows
Beautiful storefront windows
Cat in sheeps clothing? LOL
Cat in sheep's clothing? LOL
Mannequins lined up in a store...r…
Mannequins lined up in a store...…
Drool Drool
Drool Drool
eternal flame
eternal flame
Now thats a hookah pipe! :-)
Now that's a hookah pipe! :-)
Coffee shop supplies! No espresso …
Coffee shop supplies! No espresso…
Municipality Monument
Municipality Monument
adult store! LOL
adult store! LOL
Streets as sun went down
Streets as sun went down
sex shop and coffee shop next to e…
sex shop and coffee shop next to …
View across the river as the sun s…
View across the river as the sun …
Had to pose Brett with the chicken…
Had to pose Brett with the chicke…
The small bar we stopped for a bee…
The small bar we stopped for a be…
Enjoying a beer in Maastricht
Enjoying a beer in Maastricht
The bar we stopped in for a quick …
The bar we stopped in for a quick…
Night time view across the river
Night time view across the river
Night time view across the river
Night time view across the river
A bit fuzzy but the waterfront are…
A bit fuzzy but the waterfront ar…
Crazy store window displays with m…
Crazy store window displays with …
Thought this was pretty artistic
Thought this was pretty artistic
I will leave it as interesting L…
I will leave it as "interesting" …
All I could find on this was somet…
All I could find on this was some…
The Helpoort at night - 13th centu…
The Helpoort at night - 13th cent…
Fuzzy but the bridge at night
Fuzzy but the bridge at night
Maastricht
photo by: Vlindeke