We ventured out after dark, leaving our quirky hotel room at Kaboom for the sparkling main street of Maastricht. This would lead us over the Sint Servaasbrug bridge and into the main square, Het Vrijthof, for Magical Maastricht, the city's Christmas market.
We didn't plan on going to Valkenburg, but we heard it was the local place to go for pubs and people watching. It turns out there was a lot more to see and do, and we were surprised and disappointed to return home to our Netherlands Lonely Planet guide and see this charming place described simply as, "an over-commercialized tour bus destination." That's a travesty to us! We had such a lovely time there, so we'd like to introduce you to the real Valkenburg.