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Published: June 27th 2016
Wheewww! What a day we had in Rotterdam, lots of walking, around 19klms, cool but very pleasant when you are walking. Decided to walk down to the main shopping area, John been the Imelda of coffee machines we purchased another travelling one, then to supermarket to grab some things. As we have been here before did not venture into Amsterdam but kept local. Remembering that much of Rotterdam was wiped out in World War II we were not expecting too much but had a terrific day. Spent some time in the central plaza were there was lots going on, entertainment with curbside restaurants. Walked through a gorgeous park, there are lots of parks and trees in Rotterdam, and whilst walking there we had all these rev heads fly past us and blow me down if they weren’t all congregating in the park for lunch as part of some rotary car thing, there were millions of dollars worth of cars, including Ferraris, Rolls Royces, Mazerati, Aston Martins, Porsches, BMWs and also a shitty old Volvo which looked right out of place! We are docked in the lovely renovated docklands area and right near the ship is the New York Hotel which was
Old and new
the old Holland America Building, lovely old brick building. Like Amsterdam, Rotterdam has miles and miles of canals, as its below sea level, and we know we walked a lot of them, thinking we could see something right ahead but when you got close there was canal blocking it and we had to walk to the next bridge to get across. After finding a nice coffee shop and did some internet we headed toward the railway station and to see the Cube Houses, which I had heard about done by a famous Dutch architect, they were certainly different! Many examples of crazy architecture here in Rotterdam which you will see from photos! Right near here was a fantastic flea market and across was an indoor food market with cafes and bars….great place housed in an amazing building! Sampled some fine cheeses, olives, beer and wine! This is certainly not a diet holiday!!! Prior to sail out there was a whole group of folk singers with their instruments giving us a few renditions and having lots of fun! The sail out was amazing, with a 2 hour sail out of the river/canal to the ocean, seeing lots of sights including the
old Rotterdam Cruise Ship which is docked in the bay area and is now a posh hotel, looks amazing, lots of people hanging off their balconies waving, yelling out and waving their flags.
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