when E and I got off the bus at the main train station in Maastrict we quickly saw a giant map of the city with all the major sights pointed out. we headed out walking with the intention of trying to see as much as we could. everything looks out of a scale on a map, you know.
on our way through the east side of the city we stopped at a candy store and picked up some treats. this was an excellent idea since we had something to nom on basically the whole day. this was an excellent idea until some of the surprises E picked up made her want to vomit.
we crossed the Maas on the Saint Servatius bridge over to the west (main) side of the city. we walked through the main Markt, the 17th century town hall and the Mosae Forum shopping center. we also saw the Theater aan hey Virjthof (the main city theater), Virjthof square with the Sint Servaas Basiliek and this amazing red tower on a church called Sint Janskerk. this area was actually completely filled with the remnants of a big event that took place last week. they were dismantling it. the main thing to say about this area is that not only was it a total wreck but the shops and restaurants around it were completely filled with people. there were thousands of people dining and having a lovely time at 3:30 in the afternoon on a Wednesday. surely not everyone in Maastricht was, like us, taking a day off of work. what do I not understand about the work schedules of Europeans?
we walked up to the University Maastricht Arts Center that J had suggested so that we could see a glass block building and on the way found an amazing cathedral transformed into an ultra modern hotel. the combination of these two was the perfect end to a wonderful trip. I took a lot of photographs of everything.