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 to be expected from Asian tigers. Europoort is still by all accounts a major gateway to Europe.
But you’re a completely different city these days, Rotterdam. With innovative, futuristic architecture, a fabulous outdoor maritime museum in the city centre and a veritable cornucopia of quaint and curious shops, restaurants and cafes – I’ve gotta say, I like you.
Here’s a little iPhone-only photo essay of the second largest city in the Netherlands. Say hello to Rotterdam:
Rotterdam by Instagram
Good morning, Rotterdam – from my cosy canal view corner – at the brand spanking new Mainport hotel
Rotterdam skyline… well, parts of it, seen from Groot Handelsgebouw
Love the vintage bikes that seem to have eternal life in Holland
Quirky religious architecture
Shapes and shadows
This red boat on the canal is a restaurant
Rent-a-cabin on the canal – in this logeerboot
Shipping container graffiti