On the Road: Rotterdam, Delft and Den Haag

Eight girls, three cities, and one crazy adventure.

After carnival, my new friends and I set out on a very affordable tour of the Netherlands. Originally, we had planned to travel to Paris to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The only thing more depressing than celebrating Valentine’s Day without a Valentine was how much money the Paris trip added up to be, so we opted to stay within the Netherlands and see what our host country has to offer.

In retrospect, exploring the Netherlands should’ve been our first thought before Paris. It is easy to get lost in all the grand cities that Europe has to offer that we forget to appreciate the cities, the local people and the country that we call home while on exchange. It felt right to first travel Holland, my temporary home, before exploring other places.

Meet the group:

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Nora and Nora – Norway (THE EASIEST NAMES TO REMEMBER)

Camilla – Italy

Riikki and Karin (not in photo) – Finland

Dilyana – Bulgaria

Reagan and Kristen – USA

Rotterdam 

Rotterdam is often called the “Gateway to Europe” because it the center of a massive air, rail, road and inlwand waterway distribution system that reaches throughout Europe. In 2004 Shanghai passed up Rotterdam as the largest port city in the world, though Rotterdam is still the largest port city in Europe. The port in Rotterdam was one of the six vital ‘chambers’ of the Dutch East India Company.

During WWII, German troops bombed Rotterdam in what is now referred to as The Rotterdam Blitz. The city crumbled to the ground, killing nearly 900 Dutch citizens and leaving another 80,000 homeless. Holland surrendered after the bombing upon threats of an additional bombing of Utrecht.

Unlike other cities in the Netherlands, the quintessential old European charm is not found within Rotterdam. All the traditional buildings were destroyed in 1940 from the Rotterdam Blitz, and have been replaced with modern structures. Post-war mentality in the Netherlands is best described as a postmodern ‘anything goes’ mentality, and these sentiments are reflected in the architecture of Rotterdam. Most notable, the Kop van Zuid reflects the “new” Rotterdam architecture and personality. Cranes and unfinished scaffolding dot the ever-growing skyline – Rotterdam is still far from complete.

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Modern art lined most large streets

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Rotterdam is truly a city of personality. I took this inside a small restaurant we enjoyed lunch in. The walls were lined with pop art and the building is structurally fascinating. The entire city feels like it is trying to be more sleek and unique than its neighbor.

Pancake Boat Tour

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For 13 euros we toured Rotterdam from the water and enjoyed an unlimited pancake bar!

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This is Lexie, a resident at ROOM Hostel Rotterdam – a super trendy independently run hostel in the heart of Rotterdam.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! A girls night with wine, cheese, chocolate and lots of laughter!

Boijmans van Beuningen Art Museum

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 You can check your coat by lowering down a hanger then hoisting it back up again with your jacket on it! Functional art.

 

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Casually hanging out in the Romantic era gallery.

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Dali is the man.

WELCOME TO DELFT! 

(Located between Rotterdam and Den Haag)

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The famous Delft blue ceramics!

WELCOME TO DEN HAAG

The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam, though Den Haag is the seat of the Dutch Government, Parliament, Supreme Court and the home of Queen Beatrix.

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We found these 12 euro roses at Haagse Markt – the largest outdoor market in Europe.

With roses this cheap, there are NO EXCUSES BOYS for nobody in our group receiving flowers for Valentine’s Day…

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Peace Palace

Overall, this was a great trip with a great group of new friends. I plan to return to Den Haag to visit the International Criminal Court, and I also plan to visit Ultrecht and Amsterdam since we did not get to those cities on our trip. Loving the Netherlands for its blend of quaint towns and cosmopolitan cities!

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2 Responses to On the Road: Rotterdam, Delft and Den Haag

  1. Mom

    What a great group of girls! Looks like a fun trip. My favorite photo was the FUNCTIONAL ART–how clever!

  2. G.A.de Sscheemaker-van Leem

    Graag rondtour beapreken Den Haag e.o. voor 2 personen.

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