Touchdown in Eindhoven

Eindhoven is an old company town (home of Philips) in the southern part of the Netherlands.  There is a convenient and cheap flight here from Dublin.  We hopped on a bus from the airport into the heart of town.  Eindhoven features some eye-catching architecture including this building that looks like a flying saucer!
The bus dropped us off in the middle of the town and I was impressed again by the juxtaposition of old and new architecture.  I visited Eindhoven once over 10 years ago and it seems that the town has undergone a bit of a renewal since I was last here.
We explored some of the pedestrianized streets of Eindhoven.  I smiled when I saw this bicycle cart overflowing with flowers.
We wandered into La Place and our stomachs started growling.  Orange-colored sweets were on offer in the lead-up to Koninginnedag (Queen's Day).
The cakes and sandwiches looked delicious...
We decided to try one of each with a strawberry flavored yogurt drink.
This was definitely a wise choice given that one alternative could have been to eat from a hot-dog-dispensing vending machine!
We continued through the shopping district toward the iconic St. Catharina church.
Continuing past St. Catharina's we discovered the Eindhoven Town Hall.  In contrast to many of the grand old town halls in Europe, this one was more boxy and looked like it was built in the 1970s.
In fact, most of the nearby buildings had a similar feel.
I enjoyed these giant metal sculptures of budding tulips.
We passed an anemic river which seemed to mark a boundary in the old town.
Turning back, we discovered this tribute to Eindhoven's student community.
I like how some of the figures were actually wearing knitted scarves!
We concluded our half-day visit with a stop at a mall with an impressive domed ceiling and colorful fountain.
We noticed street lamps nearby encased in foliage-lined boxes.  I wasn't sure what to make of this.
Another unassuming sculpture and typical home lined the path toward the train station.
We found the usual tumble of bicycles outside the station before jumping on our train to Amsterdam.  The trip takes about an hour and a half.

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