Saturday, April 26, 2008

Maastricht part 3

Today part three which will be the last part with some selected pics from our trip last year to Maastricht. There will be a little bit of backgroundinformation, but some pics are just showing some atmospheric impressions.
This is inside the Church of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk sorry only Dutch), one of the oldest churches of Maastricht. The current church dates back to the 11th century and the foundations of the western part have been dated back to the year 1000 A.D. It is said that there was a preceding church which dates back to 500 A.D. The church early constructions are Romanesque and the later constructions Gothic. Since 1933 the church is a so called minor basilica.
While we were inside there was a rehearsal going on from a music ensemble who were playing medieval music. The acoustics of the church was amazing and the music sounded gorgeous.
Part of the citywalls of Maastricht.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Maastricht part 2

Today part 2 of a selection of pics from last year's daytrip in September to Maastricht.
Basilica of Saint Servatius
On the right you see the tower of the St. Jan Church and on the left the back of the Basilica of Saint Servatius
A colourful lady who was shooting polaroids from tourists
The interior of the Basilica_of_Saint_Servatius
With the sunshine outside those stained-glass windows looks much nicer
One of the side entrances of the Basilica

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Maastricht part 1

I'm still behind with posting pics, but if I can keep up with this speed of three to four postings a week I should be finished within about three to four weeks, I hope.

Anyway this time a selection of pics of a daytrip my wife N. and I made last year September to the city of Maastricht in the province of Limburg. It's located at the river Meuse (Maas in Dutch) in the south-east of the Netherlands, close to the border with Belgium and Germany. It's one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and the city is involved in a dispute with the city of Nijmegen in the east of the Netherlands near the German border which is the oldest city in the country. I'm not going to interfere in that dispute. I'll just say that Maastricht together with Nijmegen is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands.

Maastricht is a nice city with some nice churches, many historical buildings and lots of nice café's, restaurants and quite some sculptures. The selection you will see below is part 1 of probably two or three postings about our daytrip to Maastricht.

Here you'll find the URL of the city and here of the Tourist office. Enjoy the pics!

The trainstation
One of the many sculptures you'll see around the city.
The bridge you see above and below is the Saint Servatius Bridge, the oldest bridge in the Netherlands and named after the patron saint of Maastricht.
The city hall at the market square.
I didn't had a clue if these were sculptures which were standing here on a permanent or temporary basis.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

A visit to the Zoo part 2

Here is serie 2 from my visit to the zoo at Dierenpark Emmen as promised. I think comment is unnecessary.