Friday, 10 October 2008

's-Hertogenbosch [Den Bosch]

I had to visit Den Bosch [or 's-Hertogenbosch] to collect my Dutch Residence Permit, and decided to see the city along the way. It turned out to be quite a beautiful, charming, and possibly even romantic city [at least compared to Tilburg]. Small, with old [Dutch] architecture, and networked with many small channels and canals, with archways that make beautiful reflections on the water beneath.

's-Hertogenbosch (literally meaning "The Duke's Forest"), colloquially known as Den Bosch is a municipality in the Netherlands, and also the capital of the province of North Brabant. It is located in the south of the Netherlands, some 80 km south of Amsterdam.

One thing that I absolutely needed to try there was the Bosschebollen, or Bosch Balls. It is a specialty cake from 's-Hertogenbosch, which is baked on choux herd, then filled with whipped cream and glazed with melted chocolate. Bossche balls have a diameter of about 12 cm and are thus large pastries. These are the most amazing scrumptious pastries I've ever tasted and I recommend anyone to visit Den Bosch just to taste these! I had them at what is supposed to be the original bakery that invented it: Jan de Groot. Have it with a coffee and your day is perfect! Lekker [delicious in Dutch]!

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