We left Honfleur this morning and drove the 4 1/2 hours to Maastricht – most of it via the autoroute and a lot of it with tolls attached.  All in all, it worked out great but still a lengthy drive.  As we approached Maastricht, the rain came down in such torrents that I was forced to drive at about 20-30 miles per hour…. it was torrential.  As we got into Maastricht, the rain stopped and Marie was able to get us right to the hotel – I finally figured out how to input not just a city but an address as well.  Remember, Marie only understands French.

Maastricht is a very pretty city that sits on the banks of the Maas river.  It’s a very old city and one filled with cobble stone streets.  Here are a few pictures of the Town Hall and St. Stefaan Basilica:



Town Hall


Town Hall Square – note the looming storm clouds


St. Servaas Basilica


St. Servaas at 10pm


St. Servaas – it’s truly red


The hotel is a very interesting hotel.  It’s located in a previous monastery that dates back several centuries and was updated as a very trendy hotel.  It’s a strange combination of ancient and ultra modern at the same time.  It’s a very nice hotel with all of the necessary amenities but still has a very peculiar identify…. Rich and I really like it.


Exterior of Kruisherenhotel – our hotel


Entrance to the hotel – yes, it’s a copper tunnel


Entrance to the hotel


Fresco on the main wall of our room


I hope the fresco is not visible at night…. it might scare me!


We wanted something different for dinner tonight so we went to an Italian restaurant called Il Giardino.  The Italian owner served us and gave a very special treatment for some reason.  We had a great meal and the ambience was intense and with a lot of good vibes – a very strange mixture of Dutch and Italian… who would have guessed….


Il Giardino


Not sure what tomorrow will bring but that’s all for tonight.




6 Responses

  1. monique

    Hallo Marc en Rich het zijn weeral heel mooie fotos

    ja wij hebben hier al 2 dagen heel veel regen
    echt stortregens
    wij hopen dat het vrijdag beter zal zijn
    en vooral zondag voor het doopfeest van Julie
    want dat is buiten

    het weerbericht ziet er voor de hele week niet goed uit

    ik ben jaloers van julie mooie reis
    ik zie graag de foto’s van kathedralen en kerken

    zeer mooi hotel

    July 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm

  2. Marcia

    That wall might be a little freaky tonight, lol, good luck. Amazing pictures.

    July 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  3. Emil and Raya

    Honfleur reminded me a little bit of the boats and water in Copenhagen. I think your hotel there was my favorite so far. I loved the way it looked in the cozy restaurant! And the changes in the water…was it 36′ a day!
    But WOW what an entrance to your hotel in Maastricht. Cool the old and the new. It looks a little like the inside of a trumpet or the tunnel for a train. Strange the light at 10 pm. I see the photo of the red church and think it is daytime, but your caption says pm. In Sweden they only have 2 hours of dark at night now. Can’t wait to hear the stories about the Peugot you share w/Marie. Nice you are getting along. Do you find a difference between the people and architecture in Belgium than France? It is fascinating as you travel how the landscape and architecture changes from northern Europe as you go south. Loving your blog. We look forward to it every night before Mad Men. Have you guys watched it? We’ve become hooked. We started it last weekend and can’t get enough. Bought a sofa for the family room:) …bet you can’t guess what color it is. See you tonight.

    July 9, 2012 at 6:17 am

  4. Emil and Raya

    So I traced back your steps, and it was in Dinard where the water levels changed. What an amazing trip you have both had so far and for all of us on the blog. You have been to three countries, eaten amazing food, driven in torrential rain, met Marie and there is still more to come. Hope you enjoyed your day off relaxing in Honfleur.

    July 9, 2012 at 6:37 am

  5. Emil and Raya

    How many photos have you taken so far?

    July 9, 2012 at 6:40 am

    • Marc

      I just checked how many photos I’ve taken – 1025 – that’s not a huge amount but let’s see it’s enough.

      July 9, 2012 at 9:08 am

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