Thursday, July 17, 2008

No Boundaries... Beyond Belgium

We spent our last day in Europe exploring an interesting region in a different country. Greg drove us out to Maastricht, in The Netherlands, to get the full experience of being in a Dutch city. With a population of just over 100,000, Maastricht didn't have too much of a big city feel, but we found lots of things to do and see to make the short trip well worth our while.

All of us agreed that being in The Netherlands has a totally different feel than Belguim. From the differences in the language, to the inferior 'frites', to the painted stonework on architectural gems, the experience was very unique :-)

Rufus came along for the ride, and he thrived off of the different aromas emanating from the cafes, restaurants and businesses along all the streets and alleys. We had a decent lunch at one of the many outdoor cafes, accompanied by the talents of a school jazz band that was performing just around the corner.

While we can't wait to return to our home and our children tomorrow, we are sad to see our vacation come to an end. Thank you to everyone who followed along with our adventures through this travel blog. While the primary purpose of the blog was to document our trip for your sake, looking over the pictures and generating blog posts was another way for the two of us to reflect on the highlights of our trip while it was taking place.

We hope that you've enjoyed reading about our travels almost as much as we've enjoyed blogging about them :-)

Thanks for reading,
Andy

The view across the canal in Maastricht, looking toward the train station.




The view from our outdoor cafe at lunch.





On the fringe of a large square in Maastricht.




Wandering down the cobblestones on a quiet alley in Maastricht.

1 comment:

jd+hj said...

Hope your trip back was good. Next summer we'll meet up with you in Japan!

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