a soothing video in these fevered times

There are some towns and small cities in Europe that look almost like a fairy tale. Here’s one of them, shown in a pretty video entitled Wintertime in Maastricht.

I love the bicycle culture of Holland, or rather, The Netherlands. People are fit and trim. I love the historical old buildings, the rivers and canals and the uncrowded streets. (Notice that no one is wearing a face mask.) Not one single scooter or motorcycle. Noisy scooters and motorcycles are responsible for 75% of sleep disorders and perceived as a disturbing nuisance by 92% of French people. The day I leave Paris to live somewhere else will be for that reason (and air pollution. and aggressive Parisians. and super-high taxes.)

The small city of Maastricht is located in the southernmost province of the Netherlands some 200km from Amsterdam. Maastricht is chic, classy and has a very different feel to the northern cities – it lies very close to the Belgian and German borders.


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