‘s-Hertogenbosch – Netherlands
Posted on May 24, 2015
We didn’t choose to visit this town because of it’s name but rather to be near a fabulous collection of Van Gogh paintings in the nearby Kröller-Müller Museum, a museum in the woods that rivals the Van Gogh museum in busy Amsterdam. Like for many of our other plans so far, we never got there. Other interesting things got in the way, such as taking a day off to stroll in the woods.
As usual, we didn’t select some fancy downtown hotel, but rather we chose to stay in the countryside on a horse ranch instead. We had a fine experience indeed.
Although we were staying here for three days, we elected to take only a single day’s breakfast for a charge of €4.50 each, about $5.00 each. This one meal lasted us for three mornings with quite a bit left over. I guess the Dutch eat a lot, especially if they are physically active with horses all day. Not shown is about three pounds of assorted freshly baked breads, milk, eggs, fruit, honey, jams, yogurt and cereals. And not to forget the chocolate sprinkles, found everywhere in the Netherlands.
We drove into town and parked in a costly underground lot. A car in European cities is not something you ever want to be burdened with.
For everyone’s sanity, the name of ‘s-Hertogenbosch has been shortened to Den Bosch, pronounced Dem Boss. It means the duke’s forest. There were two things we wanted to see in this town. One was the cathedral, not so much because of it’s restored splendor, but because one of the decorative exterior stone angels is holding a cell phone. We never found it but I got a photo of a poster showing it.
Downtown we passed an Apple Premium Reseller store, spiffy inside and out and staffed with friendly folks.
As you might expect, Den Bosch was the home of the medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch. He’s honored by a fine bronze statue in the town square, and by a great exhibit in a repurposed church a few blocks away.
Only about 25 of Bosch’s paintings exist today, and they are all tightly held by museums all over the world so no originals are to be found here. Instead, all his paintings have been carefully reproduced in their original sizes and displayed in frames just as the originals are framed. The paintings are imaginatively displayed in the several levels of the bell tower.
Back out on the street we had lots to look at and places to explore. First to the market with its great variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers and especially breads and cheeses.
We find ourselves amongst a wedding party just as the bride and groom are going inside the city hall for a civil ceremony.
Now we must leave Den Bosch and head off into the countryside for Gouda, home of lots of cheese.