Pinkstermaandag - national holiday in NL

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Close up of Cube houses

Today is Pinkstermaandag, a national holiday in The Netherlands. (Whit Monday as is it known in UK although it is not a national/bank holiday there). We had done a lot of walking and trekking about over the weekend which really took it out of us in this blistering heat, so my parents decided they wanted to do something a bit more sedate and chilled, which is lucky because the entire country practically comes to a standstill on national holidays so me and Jaap were scratching our heads a bit at where we could take them today. I tried to find out on the net if any stores would be open in Rotterdam as Mum and myself hadn't had chance to indulge in any regular, high street shopping yet, but to no avail.

Willemsbrug

We decided to go anyway as most of the larger cafe's and restaurants would still be open, we also fancied popping to the cinema in the evening to see the new X-men Origins: Wolverine movie, especially as the weather forecast wasn't supposed to be as good today, a chance of rain later on - how wrong could they be! It was still ridiculously hot, I felt so sorry for the fun runners in the city centre - madness! There were also a couple of fun fairs and huge market aswell as the 'fun' marathon so the centre was pretty packed with people even though all the shops were closed :'-(

We went for a wander towards the Oude Haven (Old harbour) so we could have a look at these Kubuswoningen (Cube Houses) everyone raves about - a conventional house shape which is tilted at a 45 degree angle built upon a hexagonal shaped concrete pylon! As strange as it sounds but quite a cool sight, shame they are yellow in colour! After a walk round the harbour gazing at the fabulous boats, it was time for a pitstop so had a drink at one of the numerous bars, none of us were really hungry for lunch as we'd had a late breakfast so we just ordered a dish of things for us to share - mini frikandel (my other new Dutch obsession besides pancakes & stroopwafels) kroket, cheese souffles and chicken nuggets with a variety of dipping sauces.

Westermeijer hotel
This just hit the spot nicely, recharged our batteries for us to walk a little further along the marathon route, enjoying the numerous brass bands playing typical Dutch music along with football style chants for everyone to join in. We also got some good snaps of the Willemsbrug double suspension bridge (nicknamed the golden gate bridge of Rotterdam) and the Westermeijer hotel which looks very impressive and ornate, nice to see an old building in the centre of Rotterdam! Now I know pratically the entire city was flattened during the second world war but I really don't care for the skyscrapers and modern day architecture in the city centre.

Our evening meal was a trip to the Pizza Hut on Schouwburgplein, next door to the Pathe cinema. As if we hadn't stuffed our faces enough with mozzarella garlic bread and a pizza each, me and Mum raced towards the kiddies pic n mix sweeties in the cinema, mmm oh well it's a holiday, calories don't count.

Healthy eating starts when they have gone home :-) The film was fantastic, me and Jaap are big geeks for superhero movies adapted from comic books and X-men is one of my particular favourites. Wolverine is easily the best character so it's about time they gave him his own movie!

moshers_moll says:
Nah I don't really, Jaap is more of a fan of the series than me but I love all the superhero movies they've been doing lately. Love em all but X-Men are the best :-)
Posted on: Jul 08, 2009
almond72 says:
Oh ho, somebody likes Marvel comics or just the X-men ?
Do you follow the series ?
Posted on: Jul 08, 2009
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Close up of Cube houses
Close up of Cube houses
Willemsbrug
Willemsbrug
Westermeijer hotel
Westermeijer hotel
Cube houses
Cube houses
Cube houses
Cube houses
Spanjaardsbrug
Spanjaardsbrug
Ma & Pa on Spanjaardsbrug
Ma & Pa on Spanjaardsbrug
Westermeijer hotel
Westermeijer hotel
Westermeijer from afar across the …
Westermeijer from afar across the…
Willemsbrug
Willemsbrug
Willemsbrug
Willemsbrug
Ma & Pa - Spanjaardsbrug
Ma & Pa - Spanjaardsbrug
Floating restaurant
Floating restaurant
Oude haven
Oude haven
Oude haven
Oude haven
Cube houses
Cube houses
Oude haven
Oude haven
Cool bike and sidecar atop someone…
Cool bike and sidecar atop someon…
Oude haven
Oude haven
Not sure what this is? There weren…
Not sure what this is? There were…
Jaap & Dad - Pizza Hut
Jaap & Dad - Pizza Hut
Fountains at Schouwburgplein
'Fountains' at Schouwburgplein
Schouwburgplein
Schouwburgplein
Schouwburgplein Pizza hut
Schouwburgplein Pizza hut
Pathe cinema - horrible building b…
Pathe cinema - horrible building …
Train journey home
Train journey home
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