Eindhoven is a municipality and a city located in the province of Noord-Brabant in the south of the Netherlands, originally at the confluence of the Dommel and Gender brooks. The Gender was dammed off in the post-war years, but the Dommel still runs through the city. The metropolitan area (which includes Helmond) has nearly 750,000 inhabitants. Also, Eindhoven is part of Brabant Stad, a metropolitan area with more than 2 million inhabitants.

Why does it even show up on my list of cities? I’ve been spending time here every year since I was three years old. The absolute and most stunning highlight of this town is my fantastic grandmother. One of the most wonderful, strongest, most charismatic and fun women I could possibly ever imagine. There are no limits to how much she means to me and how big a role she has played in my life. I don’t ever want to think of how my life and I myself would be without her. She makes every visit and every second I spend here unforgettable.

In 1891, brothers Gerard and Anton Philips founded the small light bulb factory that would grow into one of the largest electronics firms in the world. Philips’ presence is probably the largest single contributing factor to the major growth of Eindhoven in the 20th century. It attracted and spun off many hi-tech companies, making Eindhoven a major technology and industrial hub. In 2005, a full third of the total amount of money spent on research in the Netherlands was spent in or around Eindhoven.

The only thing any guy usually knows Eindhoven for is the football club PSV (Philips Sport Vereniging). PSV Eindhoven is the major football (soccer) club in the city. Playing in the Philips Stadion it is the dominant club in the Dutch highest league, named ‘Eredivisie’. PSV won the national title a total of 20 times. Recent successes include the 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 national titles, finishing second in the league in 2002 and 2004. In international football, PSV were the 1988 winners of the European Cup (Champions League), the highest achievement in European club football. PSV is one of three European Cup winning football clubs in Netherlands, the other two being Ajax and Feyenoord. The club won the European Cup in 1988 (against Benfica) and the UEFA Cup in 1978 (against SC Bastia).

* Disclaimer: photographs are not my own.

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