Canal Boat trip on the Binnendieze and Market Day in ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Today we drove into ‘s-Hertogenbosch for their market day which is great and fills up the entire market square.  Unlike Boxtel where it is one fish guy, one cheese guy, etc here is multiple of each. 

Soren tried Eend (duck) sausages but we didn’t go back to buy it, as we still have the three from yesterday’s market including Soren’s kangaroo sausage.  We did eat Turkish pizza and lompeias – both were great!

And when given the opportunity to try things Soren took it! :).  My boy!!  I wish we had such a market in Howth each week!!
Tomorrow we are going on the canal tour throughout the town – it was sold out today!   It’s a very cute city and in the 1400’s was the second largest city in The Netherlands​.

Boat trips on the the Binnendieze are a unique experience.  You enjoy the many historical buildings, ancient walls and bridge archways which alternate with contemporary buildings.  The waterways have an average depth of about 1.25 metre and in some places so narrow that it is advisable to keep your hands and arms well within the boats.

The area was populated by the year 1150.  It was part of a stretch of highway sand bars in the swampy and wooded Delta Ara between the rivers Dommel and As.  In the 1500’s, ‘s-Hertogenbosch was an important and thriving commercial city with about 25,000 citizens.  Alsmost everything travelled by waterways because there were not that may paved roads and the few were very busy.  The Binnendieze is the only river flowing behind instead of in front because the river was there before the houses built.  Then when built the workshops were put in at the back to allow easy access to the water. 

The trip was great and very educational.   While mostly in Dutch he did do it in English as well for us and another group onboard.  Soren enjoyed it at 9.  Maebh at 7 was a tiny but bored at times but didn’t complain.

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