Friday, April 15, 2011

Lammetjes in Margraten

Although the temperature has dropped here the past few days, last weekend was absolutely perfect. With weather like this, you have to take advantage of it and venture outdoors. We decided to go for a scenic bike tour through Cadier en Keer and Margraten. Once you leave the city center you're surrounded by a beautiful, green countryside. Heel mooi! Rolling hills, bike trails, farms, horses, sheep, orchards, flowers, and fresh air. Spring is officially here and we're enjoying.
Jaap planned our route that would eventually take us to the WWII Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial. We stopped several times along the way to admire the scenery and farm animals. The cutest stop of the day was behind the Margraten cemetery with a family of sheep and their baby lambs or in Nederlands...lammetjes. Even the word is cute! At first we thought the baby lambs were bags of sand or some type of sheep pillow, but when we looked closer, we realized they were lambs. (Why should sheep have pillows anyway?) They could not have been more than a few weeks old. So adorable! Not to mention the galloping horses in the next pen over. It was a peaceful moment to remember.
 
American Military Cemetery in Margraten
Living in South Limburg must be a cyclists dream. Even for bike riders like us there are so many places to go and so many different ways to get there. Our route to the cemetery was not the most direct, but Jaap chose a scenic course for the spectacular views. We approached the cemetery from behind and had to drive about 2km around to get to the main entrance. The cemetery is quite a sight. I'm glad we made it there. It looked so far on the map, but I forget how close everything is. The American military cemetery in Margraten is a beautiful and serene place. I definitely recommend Maastricht dwellers visiting and paying tribute.
Saturday evening was spent having some drinks along with bitterballen and a slice of vlaai at an outdoor café in Onze Lieve Vrouweplein. The perfect ending to a great day with Jaap. Here are some pictures of the sunset on our way home.





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