My Lonely Planet guidebook described the Bossche Bol – the local pastry of Den Bosch – as a "heart-failure calorie-fest"!
Meh! It was Easter Sunday, and if I hadn't been exploring Den Bosch I'd have been sitting at home eating chocolate easter eggs. One wouldn't hurt!
The Bossche Bol would be best described as a large profiterole – a choux pastry ball, filled with cream and covered in dark, sweet, sugary chocolate. Very nice!
We had seen these sweet treats advertised in cafes throughout the city. You could pick one up from a bakery for a couple of Euros. Unfortunately, it being Easter Sunday, the bakery shops were closed. We eventually ended up enjoying our Bossche Bollen for dessert at Pilkington's restaurant where they cost €3.50 each.
Bossche Bol – the delicious chocolate cake of Den Bosch!
Den Bosch is famous for its cafe's, its boulevards and special streets like the one of the picture...this street was nominated as the best terracestreet in the Netherlands 2001.
OWhen you open the url you will find great info about pubs etc.
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
- Wine Tasting
Every Wednesday and Saturday there is huge market where you can find everything from food to clothes.
Children can enjoy the animals' corner, which is very nicely designed. When my friend and I approached the flamingos this nasty goose (see the picture) flew over the fence to scare the poor birds. It was funny to see its owner chasing it and all the kids there where happy to see the show.
Together with Maastricht, the capitol of Brabant is also a capitol of Carnaval. Thousands join the inhabitants of the town to make this party a four days madness that doesn't know an equal. The name of 's Hertogenbosch is changed into "Oeteldonk" and that even means that at the station and road-entrances this is on the shields.
The parades are long and bring fantastic sculptures. One of the bests in The Netherlands.
Now this is a very important cultural tip.... but not all men are aware of this custom in Holland. So I am going to tell you one more time!Flowers are the culture in Holland. Everywhere you go there are flowers. And it is custom in Holland to buy your wife/girlfriend a bunch of flowers at least once a week. LOL
So take an example of these two men in front of this picture! Go to the market on a Saturday and buy a beautiful bouquet of red roses or any other beautiful bouquet you can find. As you can see there is more than enough choice!!!