I'm not really surprised to see that the Maastricht forum has gone into hibernation since the end of the Maastricht Maestro's series of concerts. Obviously the word hasn't spread that this beautiful city is a wonderful place to visit and doesn't need the enticement of its famous son to lure people to visit.
Yes, I was one of the many thousands to descend on the city over the past few months. My mother (her 75th birthday gift), my sister and myself. Mum attended the concert on two nights - once inside the Vrijthof and I accompanied the two of them on a Terrace package on the second night.
We couldn't get over how clean everywhere was and how friendly and welcoming everyone was to us in the midst of the mayhem of the hoards descending and taking over their city.
We managed to fit quite a lot into our 2 night stay. A cruise on the river, a trip around the city on the solar powered trolley bus, shopping in some of the beautiful household shops hidden down alleyways and pottering around the beautiful cobbled streets. We also attended the 10am Latin Mass at the Basicilica on the Sunday morning. I'm not really a church goer, but it was a very special occasion and between the smell of incense and the beautiful singing from the choir, it brought a tear to my eye. Beautiful music always makes me cry. I cried twice in Maastricht.
We had flown into Eindhoven and rented a car which gave us the flexibility of being able to explore further afield.
One of the highlights for me was getting out and experiencing the magnificent countryside all thanks to Lelici49's great route he suggested to me here on this thread tripadvisor.ie/ShowTopic-g188575-i1264-k6550… We did it on the Saturday morning and leisurely ambled from one beautiful village to another, detouring slightly to pass "The Castle"!!. Incidentially we did stop for Icecream. What a treat, even if it was only 11am!! We also spent the afternoon in Thorn en route back to Eindhoven. A beautiful town too and the Pancakes we had on the Square were the nicest I have ever had.
A big thanks to you Lelici49. Incidentially, since I began lurking on the Maastricht forum in early January I always delighted in reading your posts. I am glad to see that your patience, knowledge and generosity has been acknowledged and recognised with your DE badge.
I'll be honest and say that The Netherlands has never been on my radar for a holiday destination. Maastricht has changed all that and I'm now looking forward to planning a trip to explore more of your beautiful country. One thing for certain is that Maastricht will factor in for at least a three night stay. I left a piece of my heart behind, and need to return to collect it.
Thanks to everyone who contributes and especially to those with the patience in answering the relentless round of Rieu Questions. Take your well deserved break until 2014 dates are announced ;-)
When my mum asked for a spoon so that I could share her "8 scoop (medium) icecream, the man told her....
"Lady, This is Limburg. In Limburg we don't share our food - only our love"
We felt the love and it helped us making our special memories with a special mother.
Thank you Maastricht :-)Edited: 6:08 pm, July 21, 2013