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Visit to Maastricht – The Netherlands

In South Africa we used to say when you visit the Karoo , that is so flat you can see black and white stripes in the sky. Meaning it is so flat that you can see nights and days on it’s way… In the Netherlands it is so flat , I jokingly refer to the Country as “the flat earth society” When we need hills we go to the Eastern parts of the country , here is no mountains. Maastricht lies in this hilly area of the Netherlands. It is one of my favorite city’s in the Netherlands. Maastricht has no less than 1677 National heritage sites , the only city which have more is Amsterdam. The Maastricht Treaty (formally, the Treaty on European Union or TEU) undertaken to start the E.U (European Union) was signed on 7 February 1992 by the members of the European Community in Maastricht , and led to the creation of the euro currency.

Although there are a lot , here is a few attractions to mention. Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek , it is said that there were a church here from the 5 th Century , and it could be the oldest Christian church in the Netherlands. De Markt (Market) , The St Janskerk , the Bisschopsmolen and old City walls is also worth a visit. The Vrijthof which is very close to a big square , where there is a lot of Restaurants is also good to see. The Dominican Church that was converted to a bookstore. Dating back to the 13th century, the structure was a Dominican church until Maastricht was invaded by Napoleon in 1794 and the group was forced out of the country. Since that point it has been briefly used as a parish, then a warehouse, then an archive, then a giant parking lot for bicycles (not such a terrible idea) and finally made over into a bookstore. All in all well worth the visit.



Zaanse Schans visit , The Netherlands

A while back me and my wife visited this beautiful little historic town.  There are is a few working Windmills to see. For me one of the most impressive to see was the wood-sawing  mill.  There is also a couple of Museums including the Verkade Centre. Here they show you how their biscuits and chocolates are made. And till this they you can buy their products in shops and Supermarkets. Here is also the first Albert Hein Shop , which is one of the biggest Supermarket Chains in the Netherlands. You will need  half a day for a visit…

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