At last, I am able to bring you some travel photos. I did a lot of travelling in 2017, particularly to the Netherlands, including two trips to Rotterdam. It is NL’s second largest city and Europe’s biggest port.
Rotterdam was bombed very badly in WW2. Consequently, there are lots of sculptures and pieces of public art which memorialise that event.
You sometimes see red lights in the ground and these mark the exact spots where bombs fell during the war.
The war also explains Rotterdam’s famous abundance of modern architecture and even its wide roads which were once canals. Before that, Rotterdam would have looked more like Amsterdam.
A mix of modern and historic architecture exactly captures the appearance of Rotterdam.
It’s easy to find the cool district of Rotterdam, simply go to the self-titled Cool District (this is such a practical, Dutch thing to do). It has shopping, art, bars & restaurants etc.
Cool District Shopping
Check out the animatronic penguins at the Xmas shop.
Markthal is a spectacular achievement of design and architecture in the Cool District and the place to go for foodie snacks and speciality items to take home. There’s also an Albert Heijn supermarket directly downstairs for more everyday groceries.
More Food & Drink
The Fenix Food Factory is a great place for an evening meal and has interesting independent shops, selling food, a huge range of beers and ciders and also books. It is in a converted warehouse in what was once the red light district.
Bitterballen, a local dish.
Where to get bitterballen, as well as strong beer. Bars and cafes in the Cool District.
More food and drink around Rotterdam.
Pelgrim is a brewery with great beer and food in an attractive setting.
Coming soon: Amsterdam, Delft and Den Bosch.