Belgium, bicycles and birthdays part four

Trip Start Oct 04, 2005
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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

It was my birthday and I was twenty eight years old! Hurrah!!

To allow me some enjoyment in the day Peter took me to Maastricht in the car and bought me lunch. We toured around the city, marvelling at the beautiful buildings and clean streets.
There is a huge church in the centre of the city where there are garden filled with lavender and fat, nectar collecting bees.
Maastrict is medieavel and has buildings that date from the eleventh century. There are catacombs under the streets where cave paintings have been found. The people are considered the most classicly stylish in The Netherlands and three of the city's plazas rank in the top five Dutch plazas for eating and drinking.

On the way back to the campsite we stopped to visit the American Cemetery. This huge plot of land holds the graves of hundreds of soldiers and is one of three in the area commemorating the men that gave their lives in the second world war and kept Europe a free place.
The cemeteries are beautifully kept and are an amazing place to visit at sunset. It was warm and the air was sweet with the scent of a thousand roses. You can't help but feel reflective in a place like this and I wandered about for an hour until the sun vanished behind the trees.

That night we ate a candle light supper at our tent. Peter gave me an envelope containing enough money to buy the blue guitar that I had wanted from a music store in Haarlem.
I am glad that my birthday is in the middle of the summer and I am glad that I have people like Peter around me and I am glad that I live in Europe and that it is a free and beautiful place with peace and a bright future.
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