Van Der Valk Hotel Maastricht
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- Minbar in room
- Indoor pool
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
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... Very informative they said. It was the local nazi head quarters. Lots of the prisoners were 18 or younger, as these were the resistance fighters.
We all meet at the Joest Museum, which is an ethnologic collection based on Mr Joest's travel acquisitions in the 1800's. The curation of the museum was really well done, with beautiful presentation, and thought provoking observations on religions, nomads, household organizations.
We walked back through ...
... pics of the local homes as we were quite taken by the home sizes and architecture. Tidy, tidy and more tidy homes. Notably absent in the little villages so far has been the lack of corner-type grocery stores. Of course, the gas stations have taken on stocking some items as is the case back home.
Tonight we will have a nice evening with the gang at a local gasthof and tomorrow we will head south along the Moselle River and ...
... the Canadian Support Unit in Geilenkirchen. Dan and I served together in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia back in the mid-90s.
Our next blog will feature some photos around their little town of Gilrath and of the Roach family.
Apparently we can even FT from their home so once I post this blog, I may try a quick FT with some folks.
Take care and by the way, they do have Indian summers in Europe too - amazing weather - high teens and going to 18C tomorrow. Stay warm!!!
Today we visited the fort and caves at Maastricht in Netherlands but as we were passing the Lindt factory seconds shop in Aachen we had to stop and shop. Lot's of chocolates available that we don't see in Australia, we have nearly demolished the block of dark chocolate with pomegranate and chili. The fort in Maastricht was built in 1800s to protect the town from the French. It didn't help much as they had ...
... and horse. Better yet, the campsite had a bar that was open, rather full, and ready to provide mussels etc. if required - so we could have dined three times over, in the space of three miles, at three pm on a Sunday afternoon. We settled for a beer and spent the evening surfing with the best, free, Wifi so far. Maybe something to do with this part of Europe being flat. Or perhaps, Belgium was just trying to improve its image before we flee to Holland. Mileage : ...