Eindhoven isn’t really the city you would spend a whole week for a holidays. (Well, you can – do you want to try everything in Primark? It can actually be fun!) Even though I want to tell you about our stay there. And about our trip to ‘s-Hertogenbosch cause it was so delicious!
We took another bus (Eurolines) from Antwerpen to Eindhoven. I had an hour to take a look on my new Belgian cookbook I bought in Ghent. It had so many nice pictures I was hungry when we arrived. Linda, another Jiří’s colleague, took us home and served traditional Dutch meal her mum advised her. It was potato and kale mash with bacon (boerenkoolstamppot) and sausage. It was what it was. I would say lovely :). But it definitely wasn’t Linda’s fault! 😉
The weather wasn’t nice at all. It was rainy or at least cold and cloudy. We took Philips Museum as a shelter for couple of hours. The museum exposition starts with a light bulb, goes through every possible Phillips’ products and ends with modern medical appliances like CT scan. Don’t hesitate and visit it, you can see old TVs, radios, cassettes, Philishaves, … It’s easy to say those people are really proud of their light bulb – it’s even on the pavement. 🙂
We didn’t try much of Dutch cuisine but we had a really nice coffee at Happy Italy. (Looking for a job? Can’t you say even hello in Dutch? You can still apply for a job there! Even for waiter(ess) there’s no need to speak Dutch as long as you speak English.) The interior is huge, modern, and industrial. One another thing was specific about this place – shift from cash to card only transactions.
In the city center, there’s St. Catherine church (Sint-Catharinakerk) with windows to the cellar with some corpses. Creepy and cool! Near to this place there were even some futuristic buildings that looked like a tube entrance, sometimes with a shop inside.
On the next day, we planned to visit another museum but Linda suggested a visit of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (also called Den Bosch). Thanks for the tip, Linda! Bossche Bol, local delicacy, was soooo good! But first, we had to find a place to have it. I was a little ornery as we went to the wrong side of the city. It was cold, windy and it looked like there’s nothing in this weird place.
The local speciality, Bossche Bol, is a large ball of choux pastry filled with whipped cream and covered in dark chocolate. We loved it. It was fluffy, light, but so full. And definitely not over sweetened. Try Bakkerij Royal (Visstraat street) – they even have some workshops. I would love to attend them (some time in the future).
The weather got worse as we went on. Nevertheless we visited st. John’s cathedral (Sint-Janskathedraal) that looked a bit like a small Notre-Dame.
We spent just two days in the Netherlands. We went with Linda to a local bar/café (referred to as stadscafé – a city café) on our last evening in Eindhoven. De Vooruitgang at Markt square had a huge and modern interior with a nice combination of Persian carpets, raw wood and steel. You can have a beer, wine, cocktail or a coffee. The price for a beer was very similar to Belgium – from 3 to 5 euros.
PS. Unfortunately we forgot to take pictures, so we have just few of them.