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Rotterdam

The wonderfull group of the Morroco holiday in 2009 planned a meet-up to see each other again 2 months after our holiday. Ronald made this meet-up possible on 25th June when it was summer carnival. It was a wonderfull day. First we visited the Euromast in the morning, were we also had lunch. After that we went to the summer festival. Than a few beers at the bar near the Erasmus bridge. And finally diner in style in a Morrocan restaurant. This special group had a great time with laughs all over!!!

First Rotterdam. Rotterdam is a city and municipality in the Dutch province of South Holland, situated in the west of the Netherlands. The municipality is the second largest in the country (behind our capital in Amsterdam), with a population of about 600,000 inhabitants.

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It forms the southern part of the Randstad, one of the the largest metropolitan area in Europe. The port of Rotterdam is the largest in Europe. It was even from 1962 to 2004 the largest port of the world; then it was superseded by Shanghai in China. Rotterdam is situated on the banks of the river Nieuwe Maas, one of the channels in the delta formed by the Rhine and Maas rivers. The name Rotterdam derives from a dam in the Rotte river.

A dam on the Rotte was built in the 1260, and so Rotterdam was founded. Eighty years later, in 1340, Count Willem IV of Holland granted city rights to Rotterdam, which then had approximately 2,000 inhabitants. Around 1350 a shipping canal, the Rotterdamse Schie was completed, which provided Rotterdam access to the larger towns in the north, allowing it to become a local transshipment center between Holland, England and Germany.

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The port of Rotterdam slowly but steadily grew into a port of importance, becoming the seat of one of the six 'chambers' of the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC), or the Dutch East India Company.

The city suffered very much when the German army invaded the Netherlands on 10 May 1940. Germany had planned to conquer the country in one day. After meeting unexpectedly fierce resistance from the inferior Dutch army, it finally forced the Dutch to capitulate on 14 May 1940 by bombing Rotterdam and threatening to bomb other cities. The heart of the city was almost completely destroyed by the German Luftwaffe, and 800 people were killed. From the people which survived 100,000 became homeless. Only the city hall survived the bombing. This event is strikingly captured with his statue Stad zonder hart ('City without a heart').

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The statue is now located near the Leuvehaven, not far from the Erasmusbrug in the centre of the city, on the north shore of the river Nieuwe Maas.

From the 1950s through the 1970s, the city was rebuilt. It remained quite windy and open until the city councils from the 1980s on began developing an active architectural policy. Daring and new styles of apartments, office buildings and recreation facilities resulted in a more livable city center with a new skyline. In the 1990s, the Kop van Zuid was built on the south bank of the river as a new business center. I must say I was surprised how pretty Rotterdam looked with the sky buildings, the harbour, the new bridges. It has a more ' America look'. Not the houses and Midievel city heart like Amsterdam of my city of 's-Hertogenbosch.

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I personally always like ' old' cities like Amsterdam, Utrecht, Maastricht of The Hague. Rotterdam is far different because all the old is destroyed, but in return it has become a unique city, far more pretier than I expected.

Our holiday group met up just before the Euromast. Within one minute the group feeling was back! We travelled through Morocco, visited markets in Marrakech, spend the night in the Sahara, so the stories and laughs were immediately back. Our day: visiting Rotterdam, the Euromast, summer Carnival, the Erasmus bridge and a Morrocan restaurant, but most important having lot's of talks with a lot of drinks, food and pleasure......

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