Today’s trip to Den Bosch wasn’t particularly meant to be part of my Lonely Planet Challenge, but seen as it is in the Lonely Planet and it is what I did today I may as well write about it. Otherwise I would have to do it all over again just for my blog.
Den Bosch is famous for three things (maybe more, but three I can think of), the Bossche Bol (which I’m sure I must have mentioned in the last Den Bosch post and which of course I ate today), the painter Jheronimus Bosch and the Binnendieze, a route of canals throughout the city.
There a three different boat tours you can do. The Fortification Route (which I’d done a few years ago), the Historical Route and the Jheronimus Bosch Route (focussed on the famous painter, who has actually done some really cool stuff). Today I went for the Historical Route.
The boat trip lasted for about 50 minutes. You’re taken through a whole route of canals throughout the city, some of which go under whole blocks of buildings at a time, and at the same time are informed about different historical features of the city. It is a wonderful experience and anyone going to Den Bosch whether for the first or the millionth time should try it out at least once. My favourite part of the boat trip is how peaceful and serene it is, when just a few building bricks away is a busy city centre. I also want to live in a bridge house!
Next time I look forward to doing the Jheronimus Bosch tour, then I will have had them all.
Now one that isn’t in the Lonely Planet that certainly should be is the restaurant De Nar, this is where I had tea (dinner, whatever you call your evening meal), it’s actually in the street were you get on the boat. Both the food and service were amazing. I had the vegetarian quiche, which was seriously pretty much the best quiche I have ever tasted! A perfect sized portion as well, I’ve ordered quiche in a restaurant often enough and been so disappointed by the size. But this time no, perfect, and wow, the flavours. Very very good. The waitress dealt with wants and needs very well, my intolerance to chilli peppers and anything similar, she was very understanding and made sure all the food was in perfect order, as well as being very friendly at the same time, so thumbs up for that.
A wonderful day in a wonderful city.