The fan dinner in Maastricht.

Like last year Ineke had organized a fan dinner for us in Maastricht.  The dinner was at the Café 'Charlemagne'
on the 'Onze Lieve Vrouwe Plein', the second largest square in Maastricht.   

This year all the cafés and restaurants on the Vrijthof were reserved very quickly and since many of us would
be going to the concert the same evening, not being on the Vrijthof itself was fine.  The 'Onze Lieve Vrouwe
Plein' is within a 5 minute walk from the Vrijthof.   
Although the Vrijthof is probably the most famous square in Maastricht, the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Plein is probably
the liveliest. Dominated by the grand Onze Lieve Vrouwe Church, this square is a safe haven for anyone
looking for a drink or a place to rest their feet. There are many cafés, pubs and restaurant surrounding the
square, and they all have places outside to sit and have a drink. Some of the pubs at the OLV Square are: Café
Montmarte, Café Charlemagne and Café de Wolwaag.
We were able to order our dinner choice  in advance, which everyone did through email, that made it much
easier on the staff, who expected and got a full house during the concerts.
The food was simple but very good.
The menu choice existed out of:  Fillet Mignon with Salad and Fries.
                                             Fish with Salad and Fries
Zuurvlees. A typical dish of Maastricht.  A type of stew (click link for recipe)
                                            Salad Nicoise
The price was very reasonable 12.00 Euro, and everyone was very satisfied.  They loved the fish and the Salad
was terrific.    We had several brave souls who had ordered the Zuurvlees, and they too, thought it was very
good.    We were at the restaurant from about 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  
It was a big success, of course, with lot of endless chatting!! There were  a total of 32 people from Australia,
Tasmania, USA, Germany, Belgium, and of course the Netherlands.

Ruth Morgan had a very nice surprise for us all.   She had made an Andre Button for everybody at the dinner.

Who was all there:
Ruud and Ineke Elshout-Cornelissen,           Den Haag, the Netherlands
Janny and Wim van Wingerden,                    Hendrik Ido Ambacht, the Netherlands
Monique and Ron Hoogzaad,                        Haarlem, the Netherlands
Thea Buys,                                                    Rozenburg, the Netherlands
Arie Bussemaker,                                          Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Maggie Worman and her daughter Robin,    Carl Junction, Missouri
Sigrun Haertel,                                              Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany
Norma Dickinson,                                          Melbourne, Australia
Anne Manning,                                              Tasmania, Australia
Ellen Weber and her friend Sharon,             Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gemma and Nand v.d. Velde-Korthoudt       Westerlo, Belgium,
Laurie and Noel Crowley,                             Mendham, New Jersey
Ruth Morgan,                                                Incline Village, Nevada
Dora Senn and Gerda                                   Carson City, Nevada
Elsbeth en Robert Clausen,                          Palatine, Illinois
Jack en Sylvia Morris.                                   East Brighton, Australia
Sonja Harper,                                                Cincinnati, Ohio
Judith Huisert,                                               Bemmel, the Netherlands
Leida Huisert,                                               Den Haag, the Netherlands
John and bobbie de Jong,                             Merced, California
Res de Jong,                                                 the Netherlands

The biggest surprise for us was Maggie Worman, who made three guilts for the Dutchies!! Monique, Jannie and
me, we’ll sleep warm under Maggie’s guilt next winter!! Thank you so much, Maggie! You are one of a kind!
Onze Lieve Vrouwe plein in Maastricht
Norma from Australia, Bobbie
from California, Anne from
Maggie from Missouri, Gerda and
Dora from Nevada
Arie from Eindhoven, Holland
Nand and Gemma from Belgium
Noel and Laurie from New Jersey
John and Bobbie from California
Sonja from Ohio and Elsbeth
from Illinois
Jack and Sylvia from Australia
Ruud from Den Haag and Ron
from Haarlem in Holland
Sharon and Ellen from
Janny from Hendrik Ido
Ambacht, Holland and Maggie
Dora, Gerda and Ruth from
Wim from H. I. Ambacht in Holland
Anne, Sonja, Sigrun from Germany
and Norma