Veghel once more. We were moored at the north bank of a dead-end arm of the canal, hence the name: Noordkade (North-quay). It is a former industrial area, for the most part now refurbished and changed into an area containing shops, restaurants and a lot of out-of-use paraphernalia.
Now decorated with (fake-)windows the silos are no longer in use, contrary to the other bank, yes indeed, logically called Zuidkade (South-quay)…
…where commercials are still unloading material to ‘feed’ Veghel’s food-industry. Veghel houses Jumbo, Mars – and much more, animal food included.
‘Wittern’ (German for ‘to smell’) restaurant and bar (Noordkade) was a delight to visit. See for more http://www.wittern.nl/ (only in Dutch). If ever the opportunity arises… don’t hesitate!
Loads of old machines and tools are still on display, scattered over the area. Like this caterpillared dragline…
…and this impressive tackle, with more old machines –all on a human scale in those days- in the background.
Inside the adjacent building, containing various shops and places to eat/drink, this old tractor is on display…
...together with this trailing machine, executing what?? (Could it be shaking hay? A form of harrowing? Or what?)
Among other luxury shops we found this paradise for the taste buds. We curtailed ourselves and bought just half a liter of raspberry flavoured balsamic vinegar. Delicious on a salad! By the way, they even made/sold homemade peanut butter.
Bavaria beer is ‘Gebrouwen in ons eigen Brabant’ (Brewed in our own (North-)Brabant) and in former times delivered in barrels by using a lovely little van. (Make?) Next to that in the past the ‘brood en banket’ (bread and pastry) was delivered at home by Van Leur using a motorized (Lely) carrier tricycle.
During the sixties of last century the Exota soft drink was hugely popular, at least in The Netherlands. That ended abruptly in the beginning of the 70ties, caused by a consumer-program on the telly when an exploding bottle was showed as a prove of the ‘danger’ of this soft drink. The sales plummeted 57% within a year leading to bankruptcy of the Exota factory. Later on it was proven that the ‘explosion’ was deliberately created by a bullet, on a laboratory fired at a sherry(!) bottle. It’s a long story, for more read https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exota and https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exota-affaire (both only in Dutch). The trials that followed only ended in 2007(!). Anyway, Exota was re-introduced in 2015. Even the old swing-top bottle (Grolsch!) is available again.
DAF - Exota
A DAF delivery van in Exota livery...
Fiat - Exota
… and a cute Fiat 600 mini-bus…
MG - Exota
…even an MG ralley-car.
We left Veghel on Wednesday the 17th of 2014 at 9:12AM. A day later than planned because on Tuesday we were visited by a representative of a firm that will deliver us made-to-measure covers for the wheelhouse, to be used during the winter. Besides, the lock we wanted to negotiate in ‘s-Hertogenbosch only operates on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. Alternatively, one’s forced to make a detour by using the new Maxima Canal. Well, we used the lock at Schijndel, followed by the old lock (‘Sluis 0’ – Lock zero) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and moored in the city’s marina at 3:42PM in the little river Dommel – as shown here.
A must when being in ‘s-Hertogenbosch is to consume (‘verorberen’) a ‘Bossche Bol’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bossche_bol). It’s quiet a venture because of its hugeness, so we felt lucky that a knife and fork came with it. The circumstances proved to be even worse than the picture suggests, as two mini Mars-bars were part of the ‘deal’ too! There was one mitigating factor though: we used sweeteners in our coffee and renounced using sugar – see left on the picture.
When entering ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s centre on Thursday we discovered a huge fair was in the stage of building up. An exploiter of a barrel-organ does not wait, of course, as his source of income does not need building up. We love the sound and consider it typical Dutch. Of course we transferred some coins from our purse into his little can – it’s important for making this characteristic sound when shaking it, isn’t it?
Our next goal of visiting was the Sint-Janskathedraal (St. Johns Cathedral). Later on we were able to make a picture from a tower and we thought is appropriate to use it here as an introduction to the cathedral as well as the city. For the city, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%27s-Hertogenbosch and for its cathedral https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._John%27s_Cathedral_(%27s-Hertogenbosch).
What can we say here that we haven’t said before? As always the interior of this kind of cathedrals is nothing less than overwhelming.
Therefore we come back to an everlasting fascination: the confessional. Here’s the one inside this cathedral…
...and this is the first detail, being the seat for the confessor. Rather luxury one could say…
…contrary to the one that has to deal with a much harder life. Knee pads are absolutely advisable.
It was highly interesting, though busy, being a temporary citizen of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The next step was a visit to the ‘Jheronimus Bosch Art Center’, to visit the ‘Bosch in Context’ exposition. Since 2007 the complete oeuvre of Jheronimus Bosch is on display here in the form of high-quality reproductions. As we all know JB was very capable of depicting human weaknesses; the seven deadly sins. (Movie ‘Seven’.)
One of JB’s triptychs. We honestly forgot to note more about it, as it was all too overwhelming. Therefore, just enjoy the pictures.
A booklet describes the (numbered) works of art; this one happens to be 24 – and we still have the booklet. Therefore we can reveal that this is a pedlar…
…and this is a pedlar too, (re)created by Nanda van Alebeek who makes large statue-like puppets, inspired by JB’s works of art. See http://nanda-art.nl/ and be amazed.
There’s a lot more to do and see in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. For instance, a sensational, interesting, most entertaining cruise ‘under’ the city on what is named the Binnendieze. It’s a rather complicated story, so please read https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binnendieze.
What one sees on the way…
…never stops attracting ones' attention.
Restauration took some 25 years! It's amazing, so another set of two pictures…
…this one of a house on top of the stream. To reach their garden the occupants must step out of their house and use the steps!
Our first mooring inside ‘s-Hertogenbosch was in the centre and cost over € 600,00 on a monthly basis. That’s a bit too much to put up with, especially since we’ve got a good, rather silent, generator. So we decided to move to the Diezekade on Friday the 19th – still in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, though not in its marina.
Royal Welsh Bridge
The last picture already shows the conspicuous set of new bridges over the river Dieze. The left one is a two lane road bridge. The middle one a single track railway and the one on the right hand side a double track railway. The name of this set of bridges is ‘Royal Welsh Bridge’.
Royal Welsh heroes
After four-and-a-half years of occupation and a heroic liberation battle by the 53rd Welsh Division (now Royal Welsh), the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch was liberated on 27 October 1944. The Welsh Division lost 146 of their men. In their honour the city named the bridge the Royal Welsh Bridge and displayed all names of the ones that made the ultimate sacrifice. Bye for now.