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Den Bosch Pictures

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Friday I visited the city of Den Bosch, the capital of Holland's soutern province "Brabant".

It's quite an old city, like Dordrecht and Utrecht for example. It's got a lot of old streets and buildings.

But right next to downtown, a modern residential zone was developped the last 5 years. I also took some pictures of that.

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A modern mini-mall in downtown:

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Back to the older city center:

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At the otherside of the railway station, there is a modern residential area (called "Palace Quarter"). It has one of the most modern residential designs in Holland. The grey sail-like condo's are called "Armada's" and were designed by a Scottish architect. The main building in this residential area is the courthouse.

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Inside the Courthouse:

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This is quite an unusual housing set-up in Holland. I haven't seen this anywhere else before. They say it's more common in England, though.

It's a gap between the front door and the street. Basically, you can also live at -1 level.

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These are the "Armada's", the sail-like looking condo's. Just one appartment there costs about a million euros.

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Back in the old city center:

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The Saint John's Basilic (13th century, I thought, but I'm not sure about that).

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City Hall:

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From inside City Hall:

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That's all for now! :D

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Nice pics. God I'm so jealous of Europe, every picture there's tons of people on bikes and the sidewalks are almost as wide as the actual streets...

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Nice pics. God I'm so jealous of Europe, every picture there's tons of people on bikes and the sidewalks are almost as wide as the actual streets...

Bike is indeed a very popular way of transportation.

But the fact that the sidewalks are so wide and the streets are so narrow, is because the city center was actually a pedestrian zone. They decided that they wanted to let cars still have an opportunity to drive through the city center, that's why there are narrow one-way streets.

In most of Europe, you'll find very narrow sidewalks, except for the pedestrian zones in many city centers.

And cars usually drive through narrow city streets, well, much narrower than American streets!

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