2nd largest city in Holland....One of the busiest ports in the world!
19.10.2012 - 21.10.2012 13 °C
We flew last Thursday from Edinburgh to Amsterdam had one quick night in the city, and then got up and took an hour train ride to Rotterdam for the weekend, to see the harbor and the city's unique architecture. We stayed at the Stayokay hostel in the innovative " cube-houses" they were really interesting, it was a huge complex with stores, homes and office space and our hostel. The pictures might be a little hard to make sense of because of the strange angles but here's a few photos of the complex:
After dropping our bags we headed out for a walk to see some of this architecture we had read about, and it really was everywhere! Rotterdam has some of the tallest buildings in Europe. It was a strange combination of traditional Dutch buildings, with modern skyscrapers in the back. Much like Amsterdam alot of the city is built on reclaimed land from the sea, so there are canals and many ports and harbors here as well.
We went to a market on Sunday right outside of our hostel, Holland is known for their fields of flowers, especially tulips, you can find them anywhere. The market was full of them! I can't put all the pictures up but the booths went on and on, mostly flowers and fish
We spent the rest of the day just walking around, we went across a few of the bridges and into another harbor..
It was a beautiful city, but the one thing we noticed the most was how spread out it was they have massive sidewalks and common areas everywhere with absolutely no one in them! We were there on Saturday and Sunday so you would think the streets would be busy but look! And this is just a few examples we have it was like this everywhere:
It was a nice trip out of Amsterdam, very different than we were expecting, but were glad we seen something else in the Netherlands besides the crazy city of Amsterdam! And this restaurant was the only one we could find that we could actually understand lol