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Sep 8, 2019 - September 7 - Saturday. Maastricht, Netherlands

September 7, Saturday It rained in the night, but the morning was simply overcast. We were hoping for dry weather because today we were going to Maastricht in the Netherlands to pick up our friend Frances from the train station. Frances was our neighbour when Marilynn, my cousin Darlene and I did a house exchange to Buitenpost in the Netherlands. She and her husband Piet were very good to us, taking us places and recommending things to do. We were glad that she was willing to take the five hour train ride in order to have a reunion. Our...

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Belgium 2019

Jun 8, 2018 - Delft, Maastricht

The last two days have been busy in the hotel. There is an international rugby tournament this weekend. We have met players from Hong Kong...male and female...the Chech Republic, and a team in blue. The breakfast room was crowded. We had a nice drive through a part of Amsterdam we hadn't seen on our way to the motorway on our way to Delft. It was cool and cloudy. Comfortable. In no time at all, it seemed, we were on a ring road around The Hague and in Delft. The Hague looked like a big busy city. Delft was smaller. Parking was easy to...

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Oct 4, 2017 - Bruges to Maastricht

Monday October 2 – Bruges This is my full day to putter around in Bruges, having done the more notable sights yesterday. It looks like we will have some blue skies today, although a little cooler. I decided to start with the mini-bus tour around the city, which was nice. I had my choice of commentary in 16 languages, and of course one of them was English! We covered a lot of my walking route yesterday, and a lot or other areas as well. I felt like I had a good overview. The tour started and ended at the Market Square. On the short walk over...

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Jun 27, 2015 - Maastricht, Netherlands

Willkommen to the Netherlands! This is a scenic country with pastoral land that is best enjoyed via bicycles. The minute we entered the area, bicycles were in abundance. We enjoyed the rows of houses and an ornate church in the town center of Maastricht. I especially enjoyed hearing a group of young people speak in their native language as we made a quick stop at a shop. Of course, I had to buy some specialty chocolate! I felt instantly at home with having lovely Dutch relatives of my own.

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Apr 11, 2014 - Huy to Maastricht and rest day

Day 8 Today was a transport day from Huy on the Meuse river to Maastricht on the Maas river. It's actually the same river with different local names. After a steepish rise out of the Meuse valley the remainder of the ride was over gently rolling countryside until our descent to the city. We had ample time to take photos, smell the flowers, observe a primary school excursion on bikes (missed the photo opportunity) and assist Blake with fixing a flat tyre. Lunch was after only 50km and was just 15 km from the day's finish so, when we arrived...

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May 23, 2013 - Train through Belguim, Luxembourg to Trier Germany

May 23 2013 Biked about 7 miles for a total of 162 miles. To night we are in Trier, Germany on the Mosel river. We left Maastricht after our spartan breakfast. We to the train station and got tickets for Luxembourg city. Almost immediately after leaving the Netherlands the topography changed and it was much hiller. It as if some decided that Holland should have all the flat land. It was very pretty, rolling hills, limestone bluffs and beautiful rivers along the railroad line. We changed trains in Liege, Belgium, which we spent about 45...

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May 22, 2013 - Maastricht IV

May 22 2013 Today we biked 5 miles together for a total of 155 miles. Pam of course biked further and she dies not to keep track here. I went to the conference once again. I learned about pregnant and infant travelers, sex tourism ( Not to what you think), One Health - animal and human health combined, zoonosis diseases and ISTM business. Pam explored the local scene. Àfter biking on the many paths I went to Saint Peter's caves for a great tour with a local person who was quite entertaining. After hanging out in the local pleins(plazas) I...

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May 21, 2013 - Maastricht III (with a little Belgium)

May 21 2013 We biked about 5 miles together for a total of 150 miles Went to the conference. Heard lectures on malaria, kids and travel, Social media in Travel medicines and multiple studies concerning immunizations. Pam on the other hand, had more fun. I left Maastricht in the morning enjoying a partially sunny day. I am heading into Belgium today. I am west of the Maas river and in a hilly area. The bike trails continue to be great. They too have the numbered points and are well marked. I stop often to hike and venture down several nature...

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May 20, 2013 - Maastricht II

May 20 2013 Together we biked about 5 miles for a total of 145 miles I went to the ISTM Conference which was included many excellent lectures on Travel Medicine. Pam didn't attend the conference but toured Maastricht today. It was raining lightly right away and did not stop till 2pm. I biked around to get my bearings a little and went for more tourist info. I did a walking tour in the rain. It was glorious to have it stop and enjoyed the sites on bike from there. I went to the old city walls We both went to a travel reception and then had...

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May 19, 2013 - The road to Maastricht

May 19 2013 We biked 30 miles today for a total of 140 miles. Woke to sunshine that lasted all day. Our best day yet. No rain. We ate a quick breakfast of an apple and roll each at the Hotel de Valk in Urmond and got on the road again. Continue our travel south to Maastricht passing through more small villages and rural small farms along the Maas river. Very easy to follow the route with the marked Dutch bike highway system. Truely this is a bikers paradise. Pathed bike highways in the middle of nowhere. This is slightly hilly for a...

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Apr 17, 2013 - Of Treaties and History

The DaVinci left Roermond around 3:00 am this morning headed for Maastricht. We were up about 7:30 and along for breakfast then sat in the lounge and watched the dykes and farmhouses pass by and the occasional gravel and sand operation, loading barges for construction projects throughout the Netherlands. We arrived in Maastricht as lunch was being served. Afterwards we met a local guide who took us round the older part of the city. Maastricht was an insignificant Dutch town until 1992 when a treaty was signed proposing a common currency for...

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Oct 19, 2011 - Maastricht

We had big plans to meet up with Erica again, this time in Bruxelles. However, due to our lack of organisation and funds, accommodation in Bruxelles was an unrealistic option. Fortunately, Erica lives a mere 1 1/2 hours away, in the University town of Maastricht (Netherlands). Intending to stay just one night we outstayed our welcome for 3. In Maastricht we saw ALL the sights, which included the very obese goats, some strange art, and the local pub where you shell peanuts onto the floor while playing board games. We also took the...

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