Category Archives: Cultures and communication

Maastricht’s Saint Servatius, the oldest preserved church

Dutch people claim that Saint Servatius Basilica, or Sint-Servaasbasiliek in Dutch, is the oldest preserved church in the Netherlands. And I believe them. The church is named after Servatius, who died at Maastricht in 384. Servatius was an Armenian missionary … Continue reading

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Maastricht’s notable time dimension

While visiting Maastricht one does not need to wear a watch. There are clocks everywhere and one can read the time either from a street clock or from the clocks decorating a number of old buildings. The clocks work well, … Continue reading

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Touring Maastricht by foot

Maastricht’s old centre is well-packed with bars, restaurants and antique shops. Maastricht belongs to the Limburg province of the Netherlands, which borders Germany and Belgium. The cultural influences of the two neighbouring countries are visible mainly in the city architecture, … Continue reading

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Maastricht’s Sint-Janskerk and its temerarious clock tower

Maastrichtenaars are Maastricht’s inhabitants. If they need to talk to you they are able to switch immediately to either English, German or French. This is so useful as I do not speak any Dutch. As soon as one arrives in … Continue reading

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Maastricht, a culture of biking

Like any old cities, Maastricht of the Netherlands features a mixture of infrastructures which have witnessed the city history over its past 2000 years. It is hard to believe that nowadays the city found a way to keep alive these … Continue reading

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Living the togetherness with Coldplay

We made it to the Coldplay concert in Brussels, on 22 June 2017. The group turned 20 and the concert has been a special occasion to listen to their popular songs, written in such a long period of time. The … Continue reading

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Brussels’s Poppies

Poppies are a sign of fragility. In the village I grew up there were poppies growing on the border between the wheat fields and the countryside roads. The life of the poppy flowers was short, perhaps one or two days. … Continue reading

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