06.10.2015 - 06.10.2015 19 °C
Happy Birthday Matt - got to have a brief chat with him on his 22nd birthday.
We headed south of Amsterdam today to 's-Hertogenbosch, about a one hour train ride, to catch up with our friend Marie (played for TEM in 2007) & her family. She met us with her 2yo son Sepp & showed us around the town & made Ian try a Dutch tradition - herring with salt (see photo) - I declined the offer!! Called into a local bakery where she purchased more Dutch delicacies - can't remember the name - bit like an oversized profiterole filled with cream - soooo nice. Visited St John Cathedral which is where Marie & Hugo were married - magnificent church.
From here she drove us to her home in Sint Michielsgestel about 15 min from the town centre. Their home is located in a beautiful village, very rural & quiet but has all amenities just down the road. Marie is going back to part time work after maternity leave (she had Leonore 4 months ago) in the local clinic - she only has nine weeks to be a qualified GP.
We spent the afternoon with them, Marie took us to the local pub to try more beer & more local snacks & later in the day we rode around the area - really beautiful & quiet. Enjoyed dinner with them before Hugo drove us back to the train station around 6pm.
Great day & so nice to see a non touristy area. Thanks Marie, we owe you when you are next in Australia.