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Gemeente Rotterdam

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  • Day3

    Hoek van Holland (NL)

    July 10, 2017 in the Netherlands

    The next stop after Zaanse Sachs was Zandvoort. First glimpse of the North Sea. The coastal section was quite pleasant until the wind picked up later in the afternoon, direct headwind but fortunately only for the last 30 km.

    Went through The Hague and then settled down into a campsite at Hoek van Holland. The ride was slightly longer than I had planned at 136km.

  • Day165

    Day 166: To Rotterdam

    July 30, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Finally time to check out of our nice houseboat, and head south-west away from Amsterdam. Our host gave us a lift to the station (fantastic, since I wasn't looking forward to a 30 minute walk lugging our bags), and we caught our train direct to Rotterdam with no issues.

    Rotterdam is in many ways the polar opposite of Amsterdam. It's the busiest port city in Europe, and where Amsterdam is touristy and still very rich and monocultural, Rotterdam is none of those things. Not touristy, not that rich, and very very multicultural. Lots of people from all over the world here living side-by-side. Rotterdam doesn't have the greatest reputation, and in the past I think it was well deserved, but the city seems to have changed a lot these days.

    Arrived at the central station around 11am, and since we couldn't check in to our hotel until mid-afternoon, we dropped our bags in a luggage locker and headed for our main spot for the day. This was of course a World Heritage site, the Van Nelle factory on the western edge of the city. Caught a bus out there with no dramas, and arrived in plenty of time for the 12pm tour I had a ticket for. Since we had Schnitzel with us, we'd agreed that I would go in on the tour, and that Shandos would wait outside with him.

    The factory is a large modern building, built in the late 1920s with that classic optimistic style of the period. White walls, steel fringes and lots of glass meant that the workers had a nice environment, rather than the gloomy brown-brick factories of the 19th century. It was very impressive, and the tour was quite good. Lots of photos and filming of course! Although the factory was originally set up to process coffee, tea and tobacco, these days it's home to many design companies, marketing companies, architecture firms and the like. Lucky them.

    Back on the bus to the main central station where it was now 2pm and fast approaching check-in time. Had a bit of drama since we'd both thrown out our train tickets, and couldn't get back into the station to retrieve our bags. Managed to talk a security man into letting us in - there is a large security presence here apparently because of drug dealers and stuff. Hopped on the underground a few stops to our hotel and checked in.

    Nice spot on the waterfront, seven floors up and with a view over the main river and some nearby canals. Very unusual to be staying in a hotel, first time since Paris!

    Headed out for a walk since I was absolutely starving by now, only having had two pieces of toast since 8am! Walked into the Cool District nearby (yes, it's called the Cool District) where there's a lot of outdoor restaurants and nice venues to check out. Eventually settled on a burger place where the food was excellent - apparently among the best burgers in the Netherlands!

    Sufficiently refuelled, we wandered a few more blocks around the area, before grabbing some small snacks for dinner and breakfast and then headed back to the hotel where we spent the rest of the day/evening.
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  • Day66

    Day 66 - Brakel to Rotterdam, 37 miles

    June 20, 2016 in the Netherlands

    So the good weather was short lived as today was pretty much non stop rain. After starting in drizzle to soon changed to heavy rain and was just a case of getting to Rotterdam. I could have taken a more scenic route but the shortest possible was option for the day with a large section alongside a motorway into Rotterdam being most direct.

    My hostel (King Kong Hostel) located on the very cool Witte de Withstraat street in Rotterdam was a very welcome site and a beer and coffee was quickly ordered. Really nice area where the locals drink and had a real East London feel. Good evening and less said about the England game the better!Read more

  • Day6

    Rotterdam

    February 23, 2017 in the Netherlands

    In Rotterdam sagen wir dann über Nacht - und den folgenden Tag auch noch. Schön, dass man hier vom Schiff sehr schnell in die Stadt kommt.
    Den Hinweg haben wir noch den Shuttlebus genutzt, kamen aber schnell zu der Einsicht, dass wir zurück auch laufen können. Nachdem wir die tolle große Markthalle und die Innenstadt gesehen haben machten wir uns zu Fuß zurück über die wohl größte und schönste Brücke der Stadt - nur leider ohne unsere Rechnung mit Petrus zu machen, denn es stürmte wie verrückt...

    Am Abend war das Hellau auf dem Programm - Karneval auf der AIDA Prima und Miri gewann quasi den Preis für das schönste Kostüm... und landete wieder im TV
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  • Day13

    "Houses in KUBik..."

    July 21 in the Netherlands

    Ännu en världsstad att besöka i Holland. Denna gången satte vi riktningen mot Rotterdam. Vad vi visste om Rotterdam var typ stor hamn, fina hus.
    Fick tips från en gammal skolkamrat om att deras saluhall skulle vara fin och en tur i hamnen.
    Vilken saluhall och alla dessa husen runt omkring, så grymma. Går inte att beskriva ett måste om ni kommer till Rotterdam. Bara gå runt där in o provsmaka mat från världens hörn. Sedan hittade pappa sitt ställe. "World of drinks" över 700 sorters öl på ett ställe. Där skulle man vilja bosätta sig ett tag. Man gick runt bland alla dessa öl och valde en så serverades den i baren i butiken. Härlig känsla.
    Sedan satte vi tassarna mot ett huskomplex i närheten gjort som kuber. Riktigt nice, fanns även en visning lägenhet i området. Och det var intressant att se hur de såg ut på insidan. Värt sina 3 euro. Dessa lägenheter kostar 3 miljoner. Så har man lite över o ett var till salu, så...
    Vi kom överens att ta en tur i hamnen som skall vara rejäl. På vägen dit gick vi förbi en flaggparad, dvs minst 250 flaggstänger vid kanalen med olika länders flaggor. Där åt vi mackor som vi hade med oss. Ungarna gillade o kolla alla dessa flaggor.
    Båtturen skulle ta ca 75 min och kostade ca 35 euro för oss. Och det var en rejäl båt och fick goa platser på taket. Det stekte bra där med solen. Satt och njöt av hamnen medan båten åkte framåt sippande på en kall öl. Livet kunde inte vara sämre. Tyckte det var mycket intressant o se hamnen. Även ungarna uppskattade turen.
    Sedan var det en tur till city med spårvagn och kolla hur det såg ut där. Fachinerade hus få jag säga i denna stad. Men någon gammal stad fann vi inte mest massa affärer på gågator.
    Tog lite fries på ett ställe och bestämde att vi drar hem till campingen och grillar.
    Just det vi tog tåg till Rotterdam istället som till Haag spårvagn. Lite snabbare tog det. Till Haag tog det ca 45 min med spårvagn och till rooterdam ca 25 min.
    Gick från stn till campingen till barnens"glädje" de var sådär med att gå. Men fram kom vi. Kvällen avslutades med att vi började att packa ihop för imorgon var vi tvungna att dra vidare, få se var vi hamnar. J vill ha lite strand o bad...
    Tills dess krama varandra i trafiken och over and out.
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  • Day13

    Arrival in Rotterdam

    May 7, 2015 in the Netherlands

    How exciting to be in the city of one of my heroes, Erasmus of Rotterdam. We sailed through a very long canal leading to the city, passing oil refineries, reconstructed windmills and thousands of high rise apartment buildings.

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