As I become a little older but not that more mature, the wander-lust becomes stronger, more compelling. Once again, Sarah and I were drawn to Europe, this time with a trip to the most unlikely of destinations: Maastricht in the Limburg region of the Netherlands; the northern part I know from my childhood days. A beautiful city with a fascinating history and a compelling position in Europe, both in terms of the European project (EU), which I fully support, and geographically.
As a break from my usual photographic work, I took a small pocket camera and wish I hadn’t – far better results would have been achieved with my big Canons, with large lenses with their large glass elements. However, I was supposed to be on holiday and it was hot – those cameras are heavy whilst the pocket one fitted neatly, well, in a pocket!
Another good reason to visit Masstricht in July are the Rieu concerts with the JSO – just a perfect way to spend nearly three hours in the Vrijthof on a hot summer evening…perfect music, fantastic atmosphere and the JSO is a great orchestra. This year, the concert opened with a big favourite: ‘Dark Eyes’.
Unfortunately, this trip has not put a lid on the wander-lust, not even for a short while. Europe beckons and as in the famous Kraftwerk song ‘Europe Endless’, it is On changing trains in Utrecht Centraal on Platform 18 for a Maastricht service, we heard an announcement for the 15.07 ICE to Frankfurt Main HbF calling at Arnhem, Oberhausen, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Köln HbF, Frankfurt Flughafen and Frankfurt Main HbF – arriving on Platform 19. Makes you think…there’s a lot to explore and most of it can be done by train and trans-Europe train travel is normal and affordable.
We returned to the news that Brexit has descended into further chaos – a sharp contrast to the relaxed and confident atmosphere of the Europeans. It makes the wander-lust all the more compelling. I am now not sure what the future holds for us in a post-Brexit UK…