Day trip to Maastricht

Trip Start Apr 15, 2003
Trip End Sep 01, 2011

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Flag of Netherlands  , Limburg,
Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hi everybody!

One of the stores here ran a special deal on Netherlands train day passes so we got a couple and took a day trip to the most southern tip of the Netherlands, Maastricht. We had been to Maastricht before (see February 28, 2004, entry) and knew that it was a vibrant, interesting city. It has a very international feel due to its position on the borders with Germany and Belgium. We spent the day wandering the streets, having a coffee or beer on the pretty squares, walking along the river and visiting their world class modern art museum. We also visited the Basilica of Saint Servatius and the Treasure-house Basilica of Our Lady. The Basilica of Saint Servatius was begun to house the grave of Saint Servatius who died in 384 AD and the treasury is filled with tapestries, relics, and other interesting religious art objects.

Late in the afternoon we took the train back towards Amsterdam, stopping in Den Bosch. Den Bosch has more of a "university town" feel with lots of moderately priced restaurants and a real mix of old and new. It also has the only cathedral in the Netherlands. We enjoyed wandering around this town as well and admiring the cathedral. We found a terrific small restaurant for a very nice dinner and then took the train back to Amsterdam, arriving home after midnight.

It had been a long time since we had taken a day trip to explore someplace in the Netherlands, so this was a very nice, relaxing and interesting trip for us.

Chris and Melanie
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