Ah, Rotterdam. It’s been more than 20 years since I saw you for the first time and I must admit I wasn’t impressed. Back then, you had the world’s largest port. These days, it’s relegated to 4th place, surpassed by Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan and Singapore. That’s [...]
As I write this I'm on my way to the Netherlands, never mind it being 17 May, Norway's National Day, which, you may recall, is bigger than Christmas.
For two frightening years of World War II, Prinsengracht 263 was the secret address of the world’s most famous diarist. Queuing outside, I try to imagine this street as it must have looked 70 years ago. The gabled canal houses are the same, as is the canal flowing by. Bicycles are still a major means of transportation in the Netherlands. These bicycles even look like they could have been in use in the 1940s.