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Maastricht is the most important city in Limburg, an area made famous by that quirky reference in the B52's song "Dance this mess around":

"Why don't you dance with me? / I'm not no Limburger!"

Apparently, this particular reference is all about smelly cheese. But it got me puzzled for years. Limburgers must be among the nicest people on the planet and I just couldn't think of why on earth anyone would NOT want to dance with one!

Anyway, Maastricht has a rich history, going back all the way to Celtic and Roman times. It has a university, a most interesting museum (the Bonefante) and a bookstore in a converted Dominican church.

My favourite Maastrichtenaar is cross-cultural investigator Geert Hofstede. Though born elsewhere, the great man was based at Maastricht University. And the more his (inter)cultural dimensions get mentioned here, the better.

Maastricht also became famous because of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, which led to the creation of the euro.

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This picture was taken at the Vrijthof, the city's biggest central square. The background features the oddly coloured church of St. John, on the left.

Centrally placed is the famous church of St. Servaas. Legend has it that this Armenian-born Roman-catholic saint brought christianity to Limburg.

Just as with the Maastricht treaty and the arrival of the euro, the jury is still out to debate whether this proved to be a good move or not.

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1539 W: 34 N: 2211] (13538)
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