Rotterdam Travel Blog› entry 13 of 61 › view all entries
Peter, Kati and I went to Rotterdam on Saturday, and I liked it a lot. Rotterdam has a lot more cranes than I'm used to seeing in the Netherlands, and a lot less in the way of postcard-pretty buildings. And yes, I know why that is. Everyone keeps pointing it out and teasing me about it, and the only sensible reply I've been able to think of is "oh, you mean like Coventry?" because it's kind of hard to know what else to say.
Rotterdam is very modern, and full of strange cubic buildings and interesting architecture. Having seen the photos of Rotterdam after the war, there were very, very few buildings left standing and they had a massive need to reconstruct the city pretty much from the ground up.
The new building at centraal station meant that getting out of the station itself took a little imagination. The area round the station reminded me a bit of the area around the Boston Aquarium a couple of years ago, when the big dig was still in full swing - not all that high-rise, but enthusiastic with the hoardings and full of a confused sort of energy. Having found the tourist information, we set off to find the cathedral.
The Laurenskerk is stunning. When they rebuilt it, they made it very simple inside; soaring white walls and pale coloured glass, except for the one window high behind the alter.
next, after a certain degree of wandering about looking at weird cubist buildings, we found our way to the maritime museum, which I'll write a proper review about otherwise this entry will be far too long.
After the Euromast we walked through the park and found a cafe next to the harbour to have a beer in. The picture of the swan was taken there. Then we had dinner in a chinese restaurant - it was very nice, and if I hadn't pulled my normal trick of forgetting where it was or what it was called I'd write a proper review! - and went home again.