Den Bosch

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Cool gargoyles and grotesques (stupid broken zoom!)

Den Bosch wasn't somewhere I'd planned to back go to, but Michel and Edith invited me to dinner and i was proved happily wrong about the need for a return trip.  having over slept a little - it was the morning after Crossing Border and I'd sort of banged my head off of a wall on the way home, long story, my hood makes me look like Kenny from South Park and I didn't see the building - so I only had an hour once I got there to explore before I met Michel and Edith outside the town hall.  The weather was horrible - a thin cold drizzle.  Den Bosch was pretty enough to make up for both that and the annoying fact my 6-month old camera's zoom is broken, and I have no idea where the receipt could be.  So most of these photos were taken on my wander, and many of them really needed that zoom! 

I met Michel and Edith slightly late, having been distracted by several statues on the way, and we went to the Bosch arts centre, dedicated to Hieronymous Bosch, who is top of the list of people whose imaginations I would not like to be in.

statue
  Sin, death, demons, and people doing really improbable looking things to each other in giant floating shoes or flying fish galleons.  And Jesus, of course.  A bit of redemption.  But mostly flaming cities and bloody torture.  Which makes it all sound really depressing, but it's so weird that it's actually quite a fun trip!  Especially as to anyone who watched David Bowie in Labyrinth as many times as I did, the demons mostly look like muppet goblins...

Dinner was great.  Edith made traditional Dutch things, and a really lovely soup.  We ended up talking really late and I stayed the night, leading to the highly glamorous going to work in yesterday's t-shirt thing that I haven't done since Uni - I am definately recovering my lost adolescence!  But luckily they had spare toiletries etc, and I was really happy because I didn't have to get on the nacht train by myself.

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Cool gargoyles and grotesques (stu…
Cool gargoyles and grotesques (st…
statue
statue
Bosch demon creature
Bosch demon creature
crooked house
crooked house
the Bosch arts centre
the Bosch arts centre
the Bosch arts centre
the Bosch arts centre
view from the tower
view from the tower
market square with the Jans Kirk i…
market square with the Jans Kirk …
my zoom is broken.  If you look cl…
my zoom is broken. If you look c…
fountain at the Bosch arts centre
fountain at the Bosch arts centre
happy woman and chicken.  Would lo…
happy woman and chicken. Would l…
Little red bridge
Little red bridge
Market square
Market square
narrow alley
narrow alley
another cool statue
another cool statue
and another bridge
and another bridge
cool plaque - or it would be if my…
cool plaque - or it would be if m…
repair works on cathedral
repair works on cathedral
Street
Street
St John the Evangelist
St John the Evangelist
street
street
Another church
Another church
city defenses
city defenses
dragon outside station.  Stupid, s…
dragon outside station. Stupid, …
Den Bosch Sights & Attractions review
Hieronymous Bosch was a mediaval painter, famous today for his surreal, disturbing works about Hell and morality. most of his most famous works of ar… read entire review
Den Bosch
photo by: samgambling