Rotterdam – I Fell In Love

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Rotterdam is a beautiful city in the  South of Holland in the Netherlands.  The natives say the city was once completely levelled or destroyed in the second world war. But touring around it today one can never tell. The architecture is amazing (I love architecture), the people are warm and friendly and the city is vibrant! One can only fall in love with this beautiful gem of a place! As it is budding with so much life one would expect it to have the same feel as Amsterdam, but these two are total worlds apart. As much as it is artsy and sometimes hype, Rotterdam is also oh so relaxing!

I took a week long vacation and I was not only stunned by the beauty but also marvelled at the warmth the locals displayed not only to me -a stranger- but amongst themselves. Everywhere I went, people were laughing , happy ,  smiling at me and so willing to switch to English once they discovered I wasn’t Dutch. Could it be the summer magic or just sheer hospitality?

Let me introduce you to a bit of Rotterdam.

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Evening

I spent 6 nights at Hotel Rotterdam. Now this is a 3-star hotel , so don’t expect too much. I’m not sure what the normal nightly charge is but I got an awesome deal on Booking.com and was able to get a Comfort Double Room with a tub, TV , free Wi-Fi  , coffee & tea are complimentary and on the quiet side of the building – I’m a light sleeper- which ultimately meant no stunning views but it also meant I got to sleep a solid 8 hours each night which is rare for me. So I would recommend this place if you’re on a budget like I was. They have a restaurant and breakfast buffet but I did not try them out.

For breakfast I went to this really cute rooftop restaurant that serves breakfast all day. It was close to my hotel and was cheaper than the hotel breakfast.

 

Their food is fresh, organic and healthy. Couple that with a friendly staff , a beautiful morning breeze and rooftop views then you  get the breakfast of your dreams! Well at least I did.  For dinner I frequented the Spanish Restaurant La Cazuela that was just down the block from my hotel. They served delicious tapas and the ambience was exactly what I needed. Happy, merry , friendly and diverse. Lunches usually consisted of trips to the supermarket ah- (that’s the name of the place) for water and fruit.

The best way around any city is biking it. Renting a bike costs anywhere between 8-30euros per day so make sure you get your moneys worth. I rented a bike for 9 euros a day. Its better than the trams and busses in summer.20160806_135749 I covered more ground , stopped when I wanted to and I didn’t have to pay for parking-lol . Parking in Rotterdam is ridiculously expensive, for an hour you can expect to pay anything between 1euro – 4euros depending on the zone and location. Its rare to find free parking but the app here can help locate some free parking spots.

The Sights

Like I said I’m a sucker for building and architecture so most of the pictures I took were just buildings so below I’ve tried to add in everything not just boring building pictures.

The Witte De Withstraat is buzzing with all sorts of pleasure and life. From amazing restaurants, Wagamama’s , Red Lobsters (BEY), to cute little cafes. It also right next to Rotterdams ultimate shopping area. There you find shops like Mango, Esprit, River Island, Topshop , Monki  and Zara among others.

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The Museumpark
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Hook of Holland Beach
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Euromast – Take in the sights from above

The Hook of Holland is a 30min drive or train ride away. I went when it was really windy , the sun refused to make an appearance and the water was cold. So not too many beautiful beach photos unfortunately.

This was just a little sample of how awesome this place is. Im sure I’ll go again and experience it more.

I’ll be blogging about  more places soon, from the South of Africa to the East of Europe! Follow my blog for more adventures and pictures!

 

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33 Comments Add yours

  1. Cleoschen says:

    now Rotterdam is on my bucket list…keep travelling🤗So i can be inspired

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    1. La Dee says:

      Thanks my love!

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  2. Fantastic write up…spiced up with some beautiful and coruscating photos! Splendid!

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  3. La Dee says:

    Thank you! Keep following for more content! 🙂

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  4. Mo Pinkowski says:

    Fascinating! I’m not much of a holiday person, but this definitely has motivated me to go places. Keep rolling the more beautiful places you go. The pictures are just a hammer!!

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    1. La Dee says:

      Thanks my dear! xo

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  5. saraipahla says:

    Looking forward to SO many more posts from you – you are an amazing photographer and your descriptions are so inviting! Keep it up!

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    1. La Dee says:

      Thanks Sarai! Coming from you this is a huge compliment! Please share the link as far and wide as possible! 🙂

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  6. Ma-M. UK says:

    Guess what? I’m thrilled with all your hard work you put in your project. This really is a lovely work.BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL,Beautiful places, I think I’m inspired 100 % with all.
    Keep them photos and building pictures rolling please. I love them!!
    I will visit The place one of these days!!!
    Blog more please La Dee!!!

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    1. La Dee says:

      Thank you very much Mam UK! Nice to see that my words have travelled across the pond! Please feel free to share the link with all you know! I truly appreciate you commenting on my blog 🙂 Follow for more!

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  7. Livie says:

    enjoy your vacation

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    1. La Dee says:

      Thanks Livie! True friend you are! Share the link and follow for more!

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  8. wynpal says:

    Woow shining I say.
    This is the beautiful article…

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  9. wynpal says:

    Awe inspiring . Deff a place to be. Good work there, when I was reading it I felt as is I was with you in Rotterdam.
    Great Article there

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    1. La Dee says:

      Thanks my dear! xo

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  10. Viorel says:

    I like this and I look forward for the next post.

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    1. La Dee says:

      Yay! thank you! Keep following and share this as far and wide as possible if you like 🙂 Thanks!

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  11. Noah says:

    You have a way with words Missy. Lovely blog and nice pictures. You nicely took care of the food and travel pictures. To write like you talk is a great achievement

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    1. La Dee says:

      Coming from you this is truly a high compliment. With all the years of experience you have I totally trust your judgement! Thank you! Please share the link far and wide and follow for more! 🙂

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  12. Mel says:

    Lovely and nice pictures well arranged

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    1. La Dee says:

      Thank you Mel! Thanks for the support 🙂

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  13. Alex Marufu says:

    Ndakutoda kuendawo!

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    1. La Dee says:

      You would like it Alex!

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  14. joannila says:

    wow Dee !! this is so beautiful .am so in love with the pics .good work there

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    1. La Dee says:

      Thank you!! 🙂

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  15. Creighton says:

    Interesting, and lovely word play. You gave me a new perspective on travelling.

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    1. La Dee says:

      I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  16. Ashley Ndebele says:

    Hey D😘 Fell in love with the beautiful pictures and well chosen words keep up the good work !!!Loving everything

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    1. La Dee says:

      Thanks Ashley! Wow thanks for even reading 😊 I appreciate it! Hope you like the new blog post too!

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  17. Lyse says:

    Wow!! Way to go girl!!This is super cool.Will join you on your next trip!

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    1. La Dee says:

      This would be a dream come true!

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  18. Karen says:

    I love Rotterdam! It’s a great city with so much fantastic architecture. I just wish there were more photos since it’s surprisingly gorgeous

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  19. Rotterdam looks such a nice city, I would love to cycle around and explore the beautiful architecture! Great post!! 🙂

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