I'm just back from a couple of days in Holland. I do love being around Dutch people. It feels and sounds so familiar and nostalgic and the simple flavour of Dutch cooking brings back many childhood memories of home-cooked meals at Oma's table.
I'd never ventured beyond Amsterdam before and so it was with delight that I found myself in the North Brabant province in the town of 's-Hertogenbosch (which translated means The Duke's Woods, and is often shortened by the natives to the more easily pronounce-able Den Bosch, or The Woods).
While the days themselves were filled with meetings, Thursday evening gave me the opportunity to walk around the city with my colleague (a local) before dinner. It's absolutely beautiful and historically rich with the remains of its medieval fortifications, the old buildings, the fountains (based on this visit, I have decided that the Dutch have a touch of OCD around fountains) and the thing that makes Dutch towns...well, Dutch - canals. Here's a short pictorial walkabout of my evening in 'The Woods':
|Crossing the Canal to the Medieval City centre|
|The 'neat as a pin' town square|
|The medieval well (in the town square) unfortunately covered over|
|The Town Hall|
But there was one thing that was so perverse and unexpected that it was the thing that inspired me to post about the trip in the first place. The cathedral was undergoing a refurbishment and there was a desire to represent the 'new generation' by including a modern angel in the pantheon - so here she is...
|Statue of artist Jeroen Bosch|
|A statue I liked in a side street|
|Excellent signage in another side street|
...on her mobile:
Nothing like a direct line to the Big Guy Upstairs eh?