Sunday, August 9, 2015

While in Maastricht, NL

Well, we made it back to California safely yesterday, but not until after I suffered on a loooooong 12 hour flight from Dusseldorf, by myself with all three kids. Heidi and Lukas were wonderful {as usual} and Jakob was good...but oh so social. He wanted to climb on all the chairs, drive his truck up and down the aisle, and pretty much greet every single person who waited for the bathroom near our seats. Most people were nice and thought he was just so cute, I mean, how could you not with that face, but I got over it about 5 hours in ha. He slept 4 out of the 12 hours, so that wasn't too bad. But man, I'm telling you it might be a while before I willingly travel that far with my sweet Jake.

Anywho, while we were in Europe, we stayed in the city of Maastricht, a lively city in the very South of the Netherlands near the Belgium border. A few people have asked why there....? Well, there are a couple reasons but the most prominent being that my hubs works about 20 minutes from Maastricht and that's where he's currently living. The city is amazing and one that really suited our needs with the kids and location for all around Summer fun.

One of the great things about the Netherlands is that so many locals speak English, making the transition to living in a European country {or any unfamiliar place} much easier. Maastricht has a university so there is a great youthful vibe mixed in with the old buildings, an abundance of shopping, and lots of outdoor eateries. The weather was fantastic during the six weeks I was there and every night it seemed as though there was something fun going on in the city center. 

Along with the active nightlife the city offers, every Sunday there is an antique market, which I talked about here, and Tuesdays and Fridays there is a  huge farmers market, which has everything from produce, meats and fish, to clothing, sewing materials and home goods. It's really amazing. But the best part is the history of the city. It is just so dang old. There is still the old city walls, ancient tunnel system under the city, and 11th century churches, which I wrote about here. 

Facts about Maastricht:
  • It is the capital of the province Limburg
  • It is the birthplace if the European Union (EU), European citizenship and single European currency (the Euro)
  • Is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network

We really enjoyed our time in Maastricht and are looking forward to staying there again soon. Here are some pictures I took while just out and about over the weeks in this wonderful Dutch city.

If you would like more info, here are some helpful & informational links all about Maastricht!

Have a great week! 


  1. It looks like a great place to visit! Lovely photos. :)

  2. Oh wow! That looks like a beautiful place to visit!

  3. I've seen many of your European travel posts and I just love all of them. How lucky you are to have all those experiences with your children. I'm hoping that next summer we'll make it to Europe. We're neighbors too, sort of. I live in LA now, but grew up in Hemet. Small world.

  4. Cool shots, Ashleigh.
    I hope you'll come by and link up at The linky was down for a bit, but it has now been fixed.

  5. Looks like your family is having a wonderful time in Europe! There's so many great things to see there!

  6. Glad you had such a great trip and that you made it back safely! I've never traveled with children, so I can only imagine how exhausting the plane rides would be!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

  7. It sure looks like a great trip. We had a family Europe vacation a few years ago and it was an awesome experience.
    Great memories...

  8. Never been to Maastricht before, but definitely on the list now. Glad you enjoyed it- the weather looks like it held up in your photos x

  9. Glad you made it back safely! What a wonderful summer of traveling, your kids will definitely remember that. =) Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags party, I pinned your post to our group board.

  10. I've spent a lot of time in the southern parts of The Netherlands, particularly in Zeeland where my in-laws live, but have not been to Maastricht yet. It sounds lovely and your photos are so pretty, we will have to visit the next time we're over there. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

  11. My husband is Dutch. He worked in Maastricht before emigrating to the States. It's my favorite Dutch city. So much to see and do. My absolute favorite place is the Boekhandel Dominicanen bookstore that's housed in a 12th century church. Gorgeous!

  12. Maastrich is coool...the last time I went there was in 2004..almost 11 years ago :). Love to see all the happy photos ..