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Gorgeous photo Frans


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Beautiful photograph, I do not encounter scenes like that on my way to work very sadly.

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Frans:
I can see it all now.
Wife and I are Finland bound but doing a short lay over in the Netherlands.
We touchdown at Schipol, grab a taxi to our hotel. Then next AM we are
off to see Zuider Zee, the Hague. All the places we've dreamed of seeing

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That's beautiful picture.
Wasn't sure that Rotterdam was still a part of the Netherlands. /jk
Rotterdam, once the biggest port in the world (now just the biggest in Europe) sports 127 different nationalities, had the first ever Chinese restaurant in The Netherlands (in the Thirties, Red Light District), is called the 10th island of Cape Verde because we host the largest group of Cape Verdeans in my country. It was the city many Dutch used as a spring board to emigrate to the US, Canada and Australia (with the HAL, or Holland America Line).

We are often compared to New Yorkers, straight to the point, no-nonsense, hard working, big mouth and big heart. We will always be the second city behind Amsterdam. Hard core Rotterdammers never pronounce that city by its name but simply refer to it as '020' (the area code). Rotterdam is proudly referred to as '010' because it was the first city in The Netherlands to get a telephone system.

The city centre was completely demolished by a Nazi bombing in 1940 and that probably is the reason why the architecture keeps inventing itself and is world renowned. (Rem Koolhaas).

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I think, perhaps, I need to make sure Rotterdam is on my bucket list of cities to visit! You, sir, should work for the tourism authority!

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Former HAL cruise liner 'SS Rotterdam', restored to former glory to the tune of US$ 275 million and and now a hotel:



The aft deck, it's like you are on vacation when you are having a drink there:



The former Rotterdam Head Office of the Holland America Line (HAL), now also a hotel with one of the most spectacular terraces in Rotterdam:

 
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