Day 10 – Oss, Maasdonk, Bernheze, Uden, Landerd, Grave

This post was promised a while back already. I can hardly believe this was the 31st of January.

Oss

A small city in Noord-Brabant is known for the Gang of Oss which is a turbulent period from 1888 through 1934 in which criminals committed many severe crimes. Over 160 people were arrested in 1934 were round up. Nowadays it’s not as bad.

Oss

Somewhere along the way I made these two pictures. The scenery might be basic, but that’s also one of the things about driving around, learning to appreciate it.

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Maasdonk

A 2008 survey showed that majority of Maasdonk’s inhabitants were fine with the idea of removal of the municipality. In 2012 a proposal to merge with Bernheze was also dismissed. Other negotiations are still ongoing, but are not fruitful yet.

I think this is the first -donk municipality of more to come. A donk is a elevation in a boggy area. Maas- is obviously derived from the river, which is at the heart of the area, and which caused both prosperity and misfortune.

Maasdonk

Bernheze

Maasdonk is the result of a fusion of municipalities in 1993. Bernheze is only one year younger, and it initiality was named after its biggest town. Now, it’s named after a promoninent farm stead of the old days. Bern stands for born, which means as much as source, or water. Hese stands for woods. Seems to me like an accurate description of the area, even now.

Bernheze

Uden

We are not really used to earthquakes in the Netherlands, but in 1932, one of the heaviest earthquakes had its epicenter in Uden, and following the Mercalli intensity scale, it reached a level VI. Only in 1992 a stronger earthquake (VII) was observed in Roermond.

Uden

Landerd

Another fairly new municipality (1994). Although in itself it is not very known, for us mainly Zeeland is a famous place. Not because there is anything to do (except for visiting the town hall), but because it’s also the name of a province. So you can go quite far, in little time.

Landerd

Grave

One of the major pathways to get into Noord-Brabant. Or anything south of the Maas, for that matter. The municipality was formed in the Napoleonic time, concurrently to the founding of a fortified town Grave. Etymologically, Grave derived its name from graven (digging) or gracht (moat).

King Willem-Alexander uses the title Baron van de stad Grave en het Land van Cuijk (Baron of the city Grave and the land of Cuijk).2013-01-31 17.06.23


km: 95
km total: 2107
done: 6 (50)
to to: 365

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Oss: 51.764635, 5.524747
Maasdonk: 51.740388, 5.461692
Bernheze: 51.734512, 5.527058
Uden: 51.656569, 5.617202
Landerd: 51.696332, 5.673534
Grave: 51.760109, 5.734831
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Day 9 – Asten, Someren, Cranendonck, Heeze-Leende

Today’s trip has a somewhat different reason behind it. For no particular reason I wanted to visit Belgium at least once this year. Summer passed, and I still hadn’t visited our neighbour country. To cross off this resolution, I headed for Belgium, and visited some municipalities along the way.

Asten

The day started with rain, and it was not going to stop raining for even a single moment.

The first town hall is Asten’s. From the outside it is not clear that it is the town hall, and people were in such a rush because of the rain (very poorly depicted in the photo, as it was coming down in bucketfuls) that they didn’t want to confirm my thought. This is the only clue they give you:

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Asten… sounds like a bell! — Municipality Asten

Funny detail is that when I stood on the sign, the bells (from this church) would indeed sound. The sign also refers to the Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry located in Asten. In 2006, it manufactured the largest bell ever made in Europe: it weighs over 36000kilograms.

Asten

Municipality: Asten
Location of town hall: Asten

Someren

Earlier I reported that the Veluwe has nice heath, and forests. It was nice to learn that to the south we can find similar landscapes. Not as vast, but it still provides for a nice scenery.

The town square in Someren was being prepared for christmas activities. With just a little stable and some christmas trees, it still looked a bit meagre. But then again, the weather was really awful. My gloves were soaked to such an extent, I was hardly able to get them on again after drying my hands with a towel.

Someren

I have some pictures with me on it as well, but the rain covered the lens with some blurry spots. Not that you are missing out or anything 😉

Municipality: Someren
Location of town hall: Someren

Cranendonck

Moving on to Budel, where it turned out to be an utter mess. Where last trip it was crowded because of Sinterklaas, now it was crowded because christmas was approaching. From this picture you cannot see the multitude of people and parked cars.

In the spirit of previous posts, a short etomological explanation of the suffix “-donck” or “-donk”. A donk is a inhabited hill that clearly stands out from its environment. In the province Noord-Brabant, where we are now in this trip, it particularly means a high sand hill or a ridge along a stream valley.

Cranendonck

It was a strange experience to see all these Belgium license plates on cars. Since I live closer to the German border, I am used to see the white plates with black characters. I forgot that I headed for the Belgium border, and, for a moment, was absolutely clueless about what was causing this overload of tiny white plates with red characters.

Municipality: Cranendonck
Location of town hall: Budel

Heeze-Leende

The town hall looks nice with the stained glass, I think it might well be one of my favourite contemporary town halls. It looks a bit futuristic with the blue lights inside and overall architecture, but still it has “that” old feel.

Heeze-Leende

Municipality: Heeze-Leende
Location of town hall: Heeze


Belgium

Belgium, at last! According to my GPS I was atleast 10ft across the border. As far as I was planned to go anyway 😉 since it would be turning dark any moment.

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km: 221
km total: 2012
done: 4 (44)
to to: 371

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Asten: 51.403016, 5.744666
Someren: 51.385694, 5.714032
Cranendonck: 51.273520, 5.576154
Heeze-Leende: 51.378778, 5.578220
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