Two days in Amsterdam

 We spent two days in Amsterdam last year. It was one of those rare times, in recent years, that I have chosen to stay back for two days in any place after a trip. This time, I was with my wife, so we spent the weekend in Amsterdam. In general, this was a good idea, because I normally spend a lot of time at…

Is God Beyond Time?

Religion has existed, I think, from the time that mankind started to think rationally. Many philosophers, writers and other people have written about early man sitting around a camp fire, smoking strange stuff, looking up at the stars, and generally wondering what the hell was up there. From these early days, came the first questions, which people believe to have been generally naive, before…

Death Becomes Us All

I had thought that the last entry was my last one, for pictures taken in Maastricht, but there will be two more, including this one. I was walking by the river side on one Saturday morning, when I chanced upon this scene. Was it a Sunday morning? Either way, it was on a weekend, and I am sure people would have been carousing through…

Dusk

This may be one of my last entries about Maastricht for some time now. I have another shot of the above scene at a different angle, showing more of the tree and the branches.  I prefer that shot. It was a bit more ghostly, and has more “atmosphere” around it. But, what the hell? There are times when you choose one shot over another,…

The Church

I have seen several churches in Maastricht, and I think this one is the Church of St James. I walked around this church a lot, and even walked up to the church several times. Yet, each time I found that the composition that I liked the most, is the scene of the church from across the river. There is a nice restaurant there, with…

The Eternal Flame

Maastricht is full of statues, small and big. In my walks across the city, I have come across many of them. Some of them have been big and dramatic, like the statue of the lion in one of the squares. Some of them are downright playful, like the three stylized fellows playing some sort of ball game. All in all, they make the city…

At One Bridge

Maastricht has a few old bridges, but near The Crowne Plaza, there is this new one, the De Hoge footbridge that was built in 2003. When I first went to Maastricht, I was quite enchanted by the old bridges, and I was offended by this new one.  I used to keep walking over the old bridges, and I refused to use this one for…

Maastricht Station

Maastricht is one of those towns that I liked, and felt at home in, almost from the moment that I drove in. I got there at night, in February 2009, and was put up in a service apartment walking distance from the station.  On subsequent visits, I have tended to stay at the Crowne Plaza in Maastricht, which again is walking distance from the…

At Maastricht. Feb 2012

I’ve been to Maastricht many times. I will come back later, with more shots of the place, but this is one that I took recently from my Samsung Galaxy phone.  It’s one of those cities that I took to, as soon as I entered. Somehow, the place really warmed to me. I find the atmosphere, the culture to be extremely informal and relaxing. Compared…