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.
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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heimann2 (625) 2012-04-02 6:54
a real good composition also in colour-contrast with the red car and the grey sky.
SNOOP_Chan (4361) 2012-04-02 7:19
Hello Benny, nice composition here with many elements but the carriage is the one that stands out the most. I must say that the Armenian church is magnificent. Good highlights, and sharpness.
danos (88913) 2012-04-02 7:48
very nice this part of the main square of Maastricht, with the impressive buildings to complete the backdrop.The passing by carriage in front of your lens in the empty fortunately square, makes the image even more effective.Excellent the light and the colour management.
Have a good afternoon,Danos
Derya (919) 2012-04-02 8:44
very interesting place..
I like the red car and the horses..
good composition and impressive sky.
robmal (1986) 2012-04-02 9:31
This is great cityscape shot with beautiful composition, colors and perfect sharpness, well done.
Best regards Robert.
gildasjan (41944) 2012-04-02 9:45
le rouge de cette carriole crée un excellent contraste dans cette image parfaitement cadrée.Cette place donne une impression de silence.
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-04-02 11:37
Ola Benny ,
Gostei desta tua composição com esta carruagem vermelha em primeiro plano nesta praça , maravilhoso este lugar com estas igrejas , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
bukitgolfb301 (37066) 2012-04-02 14:49
Hello my dear Benny
A perfect vertical stable shot. Another fantastic and magical presentation indeed. Red combination is so comfortable. Marvelous sharp and clear image as usual.
Thanks for your sharinig with best shot and have a good start of a good week!
Takero from warm Tokyo
prasun984 (5590) 2012-04-02 20:18
Wonderful composition from the square by the Horse pull car in FG and the beautiful old age architectures in BG!
Very beautiful picture!
Exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are highlights here!
TFS - congrats,
ChrisJ (101844) 2012-04-02 23:15
Impressive sharpness with the horses & carriage well positioned in the frame on the 1/3 axis. Good color and saturation with a superb diffused light & nice shadow detail. The fg branches add graphism. Tfs!
timecapturer (49288) 2012-04-03 5:23
this an attractive and eye-catching composition. Love the amazing buildings and the fascinating way you have framed them. The horse drawn carriage is perfectly placed and the quality of detail so exquisite. Excellent image and presentation.
Regards - Brian.
npecanhuk (68238) 2012-04-03 20:17
Wonderful urban environment!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, horizontal format, black & white & grey borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
abmdsudi (44966) 2012-04-03 22:06
Spring mood on a slightly cloudy day, I just can imagine the feeling when we are presented such a calm scene. But the colors are enough to boost the mood that make everything sparkle in particular the stunning carriage and the background. Wonderfully taken image, great dof, sharpness and clarity. A peaceful shot indeed. Congrats
kennyblack (4207) 2012-05-14 6:49
On a cloudy day there 'was nothing better than putting the horse bottom color to enliven and give movement to' image. I like the POV sharpness and light management. Really a nice job.
Greetings, Regard's the best ... Marino