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.

The right side is our apartment on the horse ranch where dressage is taught.

The right side is our apartment on the horse ranch where dressage is taught.

The huge stables hold 16 horses.

The huge stable holds 16 horses.

Here's the indoor arena.

Here’s the indoor arena.

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.

One Dutch breakfast for two.

One Dutch breakfast for two.

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.

Downtown Den Bosch

Downtown Den Bosch

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.

Up to date angel directly contacting God via a cell phone.

Up to date angel directly contacting God via a cell phone.

This cathedral is the height of Gothic architecture in the Netherlands.

This cathedral is the height of Gothic architecture in the Netherlands.

Fine carved oak doors on the cathedral

Fine carved oak doors on the cathedral

Doors on a residence with lace covering

Doors on a residence with lace covering

Downtown we passed an Apple Premium Reseller store, spiffy inside and out and staffed with friendly folks.

Apple premium reseller store

Apple premium reseller store

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.

Hieronymus Bosch, the painter

Hieronymus Bosch, the painter

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.

Church now a museum

Church now a museum and school of art

Inside the church there is a short film given, in Dutch, about the painter.

Inside the church there is a short film given, in Dutch, about the painter.

Inside the bell tower

Inside the bell tower

Smaller works

Smaller works

Larger work

Larger work

Fantastic creatures everywhere

Fantastic creatures everywhere

Creatures from the paintings

Creatures from the paintings

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.

How can we decide?

How can we decide?

Eva engages a most charming vendor

Eva engages a most charming vendor

Oh my, what are we to do?

Oh my, what are we to do?

Loaves go flying off the shelves.

Loaves go flying off the shelves.

We find ourselves amongst a wedding party just as the bride and groom are going inside the city hall for a civil ceremony.

A wedding is about to take place.

A wedding is about to take place.

Canals flow here and there through the town.

Canals flow here and there through the town.

Where could this lead?

Where could this lead?

Oops, are we in the right part of town?

Oops, are we in the right part of town?

What is that house down the way?

What is that house down the way?

Goodness, what a painting

Goodness, what a painting

Too bad we had to miss this concert.  :-)

Too bad we had to miss this concert. 🙂

Now we must leave Den Bosch and head off into the countryside for Gouda, home of lots of cheese.

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