Carnival at Maastricht

Maastricht’s carnival is one of the joyous and fun events to visit with friends and family. Dutch sure know how to party!  . The first day of Carnival is six weeks before Easter Sunday. Carnival officially begins on Sunday and lasts three days -Typically February first or second week.Almost everyone dresses in some weird, outlandish, colorful, funky costume that you will feel out of place if you are dressed normally.

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One of friends who was dressed soberly immediately bought a colorful scarf to feel in place when he saw the crowd 😛

 

The carnival is a holiday mainly celebrated in the south of the country. For me the carnival looked like the dutch way of celebrating Holi! Streets painted with Color and  people going crazy. You have to be there to experience it ! People go on parades in streets

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From the time you get on the train you see people sitting in jazzy clothes or smearing glitter and paints on their faces. And when you get down the station of Maastrict  you see a cheerful people dressed animatedly. The crowd will walk acorss the Maas river to the city square and dance there to the live DJs

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Some families actually spend months preparing for this event. There are not only individual costumes but also teams dressed up to a theme for example…

Avatars

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The Blue family

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Dragons

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The pack of cards

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You can see babies and dogs dressed for the carnival.

I did not have a carnival costume so I decided to wear my Indian wear –bright yellow and pink which quite went well with the crowd. That was the only time I could wear colorful Indian wear with the Dutch; Other times I feel they dressed in plain dark colors. And as for my friends we improvised what make up had to be done with just my Kajal and pink lipstick. We ended up looking like this

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I think we looked pretty good! People did ask us for photos 😛

It was like a mini comicon. We met

Darth vader and stroomtroppers

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Princess Leia  and R2D2

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Ghost busters

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I really loved the concept of dressing as a family. The kids on their cradle are also dressed according to the theme (see pic below- one dressed like a lion and another as a cow)

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It was a nice sight to see fathers and kids dancing in the square! A place where everyone is crazy you have the guilt free pass lose your mind too! we saw people curled up on roads after they hit their limits 😛

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And a man looking like a colourful ostricht. In the same frame you can see a superman kid , green lantern and a minion baby!

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We had a great time and will definitely go the Next time too!

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Visit to Muiden Castle

The day started with a rather enthusiastic preparation for a photwalk along the canal roads in Amsterdam. We arrived at the spot just to find out the meet up was the next day and we had seen the date wrong. But this did not stop us from seizing the day 😀 Since we had our DSLRs with us we decided to go to a village in Amsterdam or the nearby city to click some pictures. We decided on Muiden , which has a beautiful castle named “ Muiderslot”

When we arrived at Muiden an unfortunate incident took place. Ambuj hit himself against a ceiling hanging  on his head and there was so much blood shed. The Bar owners came running giving us ice, tissues, bandaid. He fainted and we were in panic; we called the doctor and he finally woke up. We rested for about half an hr before we proceeded to the castle.

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he castle’s entry costed 13 Euros which included a guided tour in Dutch . The castle had  furnished rooms from the prince’s time. A medieval aura filled the castle as we entered different rooms such as the castle kitchen, prince’s chamber, court hall.We even saw creepy paintings and instruments which said a story of a bakery which would cut of people’s head and bake it in an oven and replaced it if they were not satisfied with their original, but this resulted in hot headed people. Fabulous myths 😛

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We also saw the battlements on the castle climbing a flight of narrow steps. We visited the gardens nearby which had a tunnel shaped entrance

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The castle was  a tiny beautiful piece of medieval architecture. We clicked numerous pics inside and outside the castle. Good thing we had a kit lens and a prime lens we had a variety of pics to take. It was a good day trip. We returned around 7 back home. It was an eventful day at muiden.