Citytrip to Maastricht

Citytrip to MaastrichtWe were supposed to go to Paris in September for a couple of days. Dog sitter was arranged, the invitation to the big brocante market Chatou had arrived (remember last year?)… and Ron got a kidney stone. Very painful for a couple of days, hospital etc. but fortunately in 5 days he was back on his feet. Only the kidney stone is still there and will be removed in October. You can imagine that he doesn’t really want to go too far away in case the darned stone decides to descend again. Instead of Paris we opted for a 2 days citytrip to Maastricht. This is a magnificent old town in the deep south of our country, 2 1/2 hours drive from where we live (that is far for us Dutch).

Now I have to rave about the appartment we booked. If this bores you, just skip the next 3 photos.

The appartment of Urban Residences is in an old Post and Telegraph building. We booked a maisonette, which means split level. Completely converted and renovated to such a high standard, I wished it was my house. Everything was Alessi (Italian design) and the equipment like dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, all Miele (the best there is in The Netherlands). Nothing was chipped, everything was squeeky clean…. I can go on and on. I give them a 10 out of 10. With a +. We slept like babies in complete silence.

I really shouldn’t tell anybody about this address as we don’t want it to become too popular, but OK, for you guys…

Below: The dining table in the kitchen area downstairs. (Ron standing in the fully equiped kitchen.)

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Below: The view from the very high windows is beautiful.

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Below: The sitting room upstairs. I will not show the bathroom and bedroom too, but same high standard. Our own house is very colourful and nothing like this minimalistic appartment in Maastricht, but we can appreciate this as well.

Citytrip to Maastricht

Below: We took some shots of the outfit of the day: my trusted boyfriend jeans by G-Star Raw, the sequined sneakers by Essentiel, you have seen it all before and many times. The top is new and bought in Amsterdam at Young Designers United.  Such a great shop. Selling clothes made by young designers (as the name clearly indicates, duh..).

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Below: I love the many colours in the top and the yellow/black neckline.

Citytrip to Maastricht

Below: I am ashamed to say but we did a lot of shopping while in Maastricht. It is a lovely town for sightseeing, but no… Greetje hit the shops. Here we are at Hudson’s Bay. They opened stores in a lot of big cities in The Netherlands, filling the gap that our Dutch department store chain V&D left when they went belly up. It is very handy when you have another top underneath your fancy top. No need for dressing rooms. This is much quicker.

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Below: I got a big green sweater, but you are not getting to see that until I have styled it properly and made pretty pictures. One outfit per post is enough, right? Signed up for membership with Hudson’s Bay, which entitled me to € 20 off the next purchase. Only I didn’t understand I got vouchers for that. Thought they were advertising leaflets and threw them in the bin. I mean in this day and age? When you have registered? Why bother with vouchers? Why not make a note in the customer database?

Citytrip to Maastricht

Below: Trying on a red dress when Ron sneaked up behind me.

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Below: Here we go again… busted. All women do this, don’t they? You are only prepared to take your shoes and trousers off when you think the dress will be worth doing that. In this case.. no.

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Below: I had spotted these ladies in Hudson’s Bay and when I saw them again outside I took their photo. There were so elegant. They made me feel mutton dressed up as lamb in my boyfriend jeans and sneakers. Maastricht is far more elegant and stylish than Amsterdam.

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Below: We had been to Maastricht several times before so we roughly knew what to expect from the different areas. Lovely old buildings, narrow streets, lots of terraces and restaurants.


Below: Walking along from Hudson’s Bay Ron said to me: “I bet you that on the next corner there is a jeweller”.

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Below: By Jove… there was a jeweller. Great memory Ron. And they had lovely stuff in their window display.

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Which made us go in…. always a risky thing to do.

Below: See what Ron is doing? He is paying. As I fell in love with a necklace by Isabella Marant and wanted to buy it, Ron said: “It will be a present from me.” The owner told us that the husband of a couple before us, did the same. For his wife 50th birthday. Ron decided this present was for my 50th birthday too hahaha. That was some years ago.

Citytrip to Maastricht

Below: No, we didn’t get a discount for mentioning the shop on this blog. It was just a very good shop. Great jewellery and a charming owner, who was honest and discouraged me to buy the matching earrings. Very rare such people. So if you are in Maastricht, pay him a visit. The shop is called Clio.

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Below: Walking on air, but sitting down for a drink on one of the lovely terraces. This one is just outside the jewellery shop.

Citytrip to Maastricht

I should have shot more pictures of the lovely town. You will see a few in the post of next week with more about our trip to Maastricht. The two photos below are not by my hand, but give you a little impression.

Below: The big old bridge accross the river Maas.



Below: A church converted into a book store (Selexyz).

Maastricht Selexyz


No Fear of Fashion

Linking up with:

Everything Just So, the How I Wear My…. Red Hot (this time). So many perfect red items.

And The Rich Life in Wine Country is the other host of How I Wear My… Red Hot with different outfits but also red hot.

And Not Dressed as Lamb with the Saturday Share Link-up. (I met Catherine last Thursday for a day of Amsterdam shopping. Haven’t made a post of it yet, but it will come.)




  1. 8 October 2017 / 17:26

    Hi Greetje. I love the colourful top and your shoes. It’s a great outfit for a city trip. Maastricht is such a fantastic city, isn’t it? It has got so much charm and the Dutch dialect they speak there is as charming as the city itself. A very good alternative for Paris I’d say. Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 06:04

      We thought so too. The fact that the weather cooperated had alot to do with that. I did feel under dressed though. Women in Maastricht are dressed far more elegantly.

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 06:05

      I know. I decided to keep him. 😇😂😂

  2. 8 October 2017 / 18:54

    Maastricht is a very beautiful city judging by your pictures. What a great substitute for Paris. Your colourful top is so good on you, and will certainly prove very practical with all those fabulous colours! Pity about the red dress – I liked the pattern. But great to hear you took revenge in the jewellery shop!

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 06:08

      Oh, I took plenty of revenge.. Apart from the necklace that day I found the green sweater. And the next day I really went overboard. I will show them as soon as I have photos.

  3. 8 October 2017 / 19:13

    Love the colorful top – looks great on you!
    Just spent time with a friend in Aix who’s from Maastrict and had a significant birthday celebration in a castle there – looked fabulous! I love your shots of the town – we’ll put it on our list!

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 06:10

      Usually Maastricht has a bit better weather than the north of the country too. You will love this town. Very rich history.

  4. 8 October 2017 / 19:16

    Wel…. show what Isabel Marant piece you’ve bought!! No, Ron bought! Ha ha, and I always hated it when women tried on a dress like you do! You can’t see really if it fits good or if you like it. And I love the minimalistic apartment, that’s how my house looks, only then everything is white.

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 06:12

      Well, you see, the trousers down is just a stage. If the top bit looks good enough to really judge, I would take them off. But I didn’t like the material nor the look on me. The waist wasn’t fitted enough. Too bulky. Oh and the appartment was very affordable.

  5. elizaduckie
    8 October 2017 / 19:51

    What a fun post. I too loved your outfit, the colors were perfect for you. The whole thing was modern and really worked!

    It’s nice to live in something quite different from one’s normality for a time. It acts like a palate cleanser. The photos of the town were all wonderful but my favorite has to be the church conversion! Beautiful building filled with books- nothing better. The resultant atmosphere must be wonderful!

    You are lucky to have a gift giving husband, so special! Thank you for sharing your travels, I really enjoy them!

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 17:26

      It was a lovely stay. My outfit might be modern but I did feel under dressed. Women in Maastricht are far more elegantly dressed. Love to write my posts when I get comments like yours.

  6. 8 October 2017 / 19:52

    Nice shopping outfit and great top. Can’t wait to see your next styling! Maastricht is a great town, we only visited it once when we lived in Holland and I remember eating a special dessert that is famous there but don’t remember what it is called. Nice gift from your hubby.

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 17:31

      Hubby is so sweet. He very often gives me lovely presents. But that is not the only reason why he is sweet 😉😊. Was the dessert a kind of pie called “vlaai”?

  7. 8 October 2017 / 20:11

    Hudson’s Bay as in the Canadian chain? That is surprising to me.

    Maastricht does indeed look charming. Little two day getaways are so refreshing, aren’t they…

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 18:18

      Yes, Hudson’s Bay as in the Canadian chain. I visited their shop in Amsterdam too. Looks good. And indeed litlke get-aways are lovely. It always feels like a holiday. Especially when the weather cooperates.

  8. 8 October 2017 / 20:48

    You make me feel better when you say that you shop rather than sightsee – so do I! Did you buy the red dress? It looked lovely. Your colourful top works so well with boyfriend jeans in that smart casual way Greetje. I love your sequinned sneakers and think I may have to add them to my wishlist. I don’t yet have sequinned shoes. And yes, I have to agree with you about those wonderfully smart women, they both look stunning in red. I’ve got some red sock boots on the blog today, so do pop over if you get a minute and let me know what you think.

    Have a great week!
    Anna x

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 21:14

      No I didn’t buy the red dress. It looked off in my waist. Should have been fitted rather than just a drawstring. Didn’t make my figure look good. I was quite pleased with this outfit until I saw all these elegantly dressed women in Maastricht. Totally different from Amsterdam.
      The sequinned sneakers go with so many outfits. Love them. (I will try to pop over to your blog. I know I love the sock boots of Suzanne Carillo.)

  9. 8 October 2017 / 21:13

    The Bay is there now? Hilarious! It is a Canadian original but was bought by a US company a few years back.

    Ha ha! I had to laugh at you standing there with your jeans around your ankles. Too funny. Plus your expression is priceless.

    Lovely looking spot to visit and the flat seemed wonderful too. You took some wonderful photos there.


    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 21:16

      I heard from a friend that she didn’t think much of The Bay in Vancouver, but over here it is rather smart. They sell nice stuff and have obviously invested in staff. They are very good and friendly. Very not-Dutch haha. I have more photos of the flat, but didn’t want to overdo it.

  10. 8 October 2017 / 22:31

    Oh my my my! Another shot of you with your pants down . Lol.
    Love the bright top with that special edge, and those very cool sneakers !! Your denim is always amazing on you!
    I really liked seeing the photos of the place that you stayed in. But I must say that I am not shocked at all that you did more shopping! 🙃😱😃😃
    Kisses, Elle

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 21:19

      I am a shop-a-holic. I need treatment. However, I did manage three shopping days (in one week, can you believe it?) without buying anything. I was very tempted by orange ankle boots but looked at the balance of my credit card and decided against it. So there is a limit, even for me. Just is further away than is wise.
      And yes, this “pants down”thing is becoming a gimmick haha.

      • 11 October 2017 / 00:28

        Orange ankle boots. Come on, put them on layaway or something, they sound so so fabulous!
        My site has been up and down, it I think now it is finally operational, if not perfect.
        Happy Tuesday!
        Yes, we ladies do love to shop!

        • Greetje
          11 October 2017 / 14:34

          I have sent you a photo of the orange ankle boots. Yes they are fabulous. But as Ron says: “Enough is enough”. I really have to stop now. As the balance is now, it will take me at least 4 months to pay back what I owe my saving account.

  11. AndreaR
    9 October 2017 / 00:33

    Thanks for taking us along on your trip to Maastricht. It’s a beautiful city and it’s always fun to shop with you. Love what you wore.

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 21:21

      Next week you will see more of Maastricht. And me in a combination of clothes you have seen before. Just to prove that I do wear things more than once haha.
      Maastricht is indeed a beautiful ancient city with everything a lovely city should possess.

  12. Pondside
    9 October 2017 / 02:31

    I’m so glad that I ‘found’ your blog via The Hostess of The Humble Bungalow. Maastricht is one of my all-time favourite cities, and I enjoyed the virtual shopping trip with you. In the 80’s we lived near Maastricht and I was there nearly every Saturday. *sigh* Lovely memories.
    I’ll be back to check out your blog again.

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 21:24

      No idea how you found me via The Hostess of The Humble Bungalow. Through the How I wear my Red Hot?
      What fun that I just have a post about Maastricht when you found my blog. You can expect another post about Maastricht next week. Indeed a beautiful city with everything a citygirl’s heart desires.

  13. Marilee Gramith
    9 October 2017 / 02:35

    So much fun to see your quirky shopping behavior. We’re a lot alike Greetje. Why waste time in a dressing room when you can make use of the store areas between racks and near a mirror.
    I love your colorful print top. I looks fabulous with the jeans.

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 21:27

      Quickly trying clothes this way makes sense right? It is not as if I am exposing myself (I have no big butterflies with me in reality haha). I am wearing a top and I am keeping my trousers on. Well… most of the times. When I saw all the colours in that top I thought: “Oh nice, baby is coming home with me”.

  14. Linda Henderson
    9 October 2017 / 05:30

    Always a delight to read your blog. Thank you for taking me on a trip to this lovely place through your words and photos.

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 21:28

      Dear Linda, the pleasure is entirely mine. I love creating a blog post. And when I get lovely comments such as yours, I have to do my utmost not to get too pleased with myself haha.

  15. 9 October 2017 / 11:43

    OOh Happy 50th Greetje we are twins! I also adore Isabel Marant jewellery, only have one ring but I have worn it to death! I’d love a necklace some day.
    Thanks for taking the shots of the apartment you stayed in, I find these places fascinating. Not that I’d ever live like that but because it’s fun to “try” other ways to decorate. Sounds like you two had a fab time despite it not being Paris. Hopefully Ron’s stone will stay put until his op…xx

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 21:32

      Yes, are twins haha. Quite obvious, don’t you think? Whahaha..Girl, when you are 63 you will still look better than I do. I don’t mind. As long as we are happy.
      If I could have my way I would redecorate our house every 5 years. Totally and in different styles. Money seems to be the biggest problem.

  16. 9 October 2017 / 14:30

    Sounds like you had a lovely getaway, Greetje! And I think a little shopping during a getaway is a must so that you’ll remember the trip whenever you wear the item(s) you bought! 😉

    Have a great week!

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 21:35

      Oh I totally agree. A little shopping. Only, what I did wasn’t little. By no means. It means paying off for 4 months. Did it again. You’d think I learn, but no.

  17. 9 October 2017 / 16:58

    Maastricht looks a delightful place, with good shopping too I see. Hah, yes I did that very thing yesterday…tried on a dress with my jeans around my ankles, it looked cheaply made so I left it.
    You certainly do not look ‘mutton’ against the smart Maastricht ladies, just styled a different way with a more youthful edge…I prefer your look, shhh,don’t tell them!
    Good on Ron for getting his wallet out in that fancy jewellers….you are lucky, but which one did you choose???

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 21:40

      Which necklace did I choose? Ah, you will find out in two weeks or so. I have worn it and pictures were taken. I have to spread my items over the weeks. Spending enough as I do, but trying to limit it to one outfit per blog post. Those ladies in red (and others) did influence me. I bought very elegant (and expensive) clothes. A trouser suit, cashmere jumper, white shirt and colourful top. Yep, I broke the bank and have to pay back to my saving account for months and months. This is something which always happens to me in September / October. And again in April/May.

  18. 9 October 2017 / 20:16

    I’m sorry you couldn’t go to Paris, but this looks like a lovely two-day getaway. That is the most minimalist apartment I’ve ever seen! I couldn’t live like that, even with the most up to date appliances, but it would be a nice place to stay for a couple of days.

    I’ve done the “pants around the ankles” dress try-on too, although no one photographed me! How sweet of Ron to buy you the necklace – he is definitely a keeper!

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 21:46

      When the weather is as good as it was on our trip it doesn’t really matter whether it is Paris or Maastricht. Equally beautiful and lovely.
      I would say I couldn’t live in such a minimalist appartment either, but if I were there for a longer period I would put some personal things around me. Not too much though as I can appreciate such design very much. Just would never be able to keep it this way.
      I did a little survey… most women do the “pants around the ankles” dress try-on. I wasn’t planning on being photographed like this. My face clearly shows that. But what the heck.
      And yes, Ron often spoils me with presents. I agree he is a keeper and not just for this reason. He is funny, intelligent, kind, my equal, my mate and sometimes a pain in the arse.

  19. 9 October 2017 / 22:05

    Ron is such a darling, with a kidney stone somewhere in him, buying you Isabel Marant jewellery!

    I love your colourful sweater, and I love your whole outfit actually. I’m trying to imagine you in the red and black outfits of the Maastricht ladies…. nope. Can’t do it.

    I can’t wait to SEE WHAT YOU BOUGHT! xx

    • Greetje
      10 October 2017 / 06:21

      Although I appreciate the way the ladies in red are dressed, I agree with you, it isn’t me. But it did make me realize there is more than jeans with a nice top. I am sure you will approve of my purchases. Like a black sweater with cashmere. Can that ever be wrong? Or a black trouser suit by Piazza Sempione. I know where my money is gooing in the next half year… back to my saving account. And indeed Ron is a gem. That necklace will be on the blog in two weeks.

  20. 12 October 2017 / 21:47

    My husband and I were on our way to Maine, back in May for a much needed vacation. Guess who ended up in the ER with a kidney stone? Me! Never in a million years would I have guessed that was what was wrong with me. I did spend the night in the hospital, but the stone passed before they started monitoring me. Not a fun experience and we ended up canceling our vacation. Very disappointed. So I completely understand. Glad you were able to get away for a short trip. Love you top! Very cute. – Amy

    • Greetje
      13 October 2017 / 10:53

      What a terrible shame. Instead of sun, relaxation, food, drinks and rest, you get pain and stress. Poor thing. Luckily you didn’t need an operation, but a passing kidney stone is not a fun experience

  21. Jane
    14 October 2017 / 20:33

    In Canada, we simply say “The Bay”.
    Have you looked up its history as a fur trading company?
    I read your blog regularly and thoroughly enjoy every post.

    • Greetje
      15 October 2017 / 11:44

      Thank you very much Jane, both for the compliment as for mentioning the history of The Bay. I looked it up ( Nice piece of background. Very Canadian caompany. Their staff here in The Netherlands give the customes really good service. The Bay definitely fills a void left by the bankrupt V&D department stores.

  22. 16 October 2017 / 23:00

    Hope Ron is feeling better. What a gorgeous place – I had seen photos of that bookshop and just thought that looked amazing, and your colourful top! that is so pretty, I love it – looks very well staged in the chic apartment 🙂 BTW, Paris is still there whenever Ron is all recovered – one thing I suggest, is you consider going to the Dior retrospective exhibition in Paris, utterly amazing – in fact it might be perfect for a girl friend trip (I went with a girly friend rather than the other half), seriously amazing

    • Greetje
      18 October 2017 / 10:18

      Well…. as it so happened, I am meeting fellow blogger Susan of Une Femme d’un certain âge (L.A. based) in Paris this Friday and Saturday.

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