Prior to visiting, we had heard of Rotterdam being described as an "ugly" city, but that's not fair at all! It is fair to say, however, that Rotterdam does not resemble the other typical cute Dutch towns with the canals and windmills. This was evident from the moment we stepped off our trains at Rotterdam Centraal.
Note: This blog post will be about 90% flower photos. Second Note: No actual skipping through tulip fields were done by us! Because that's against the rules! We follow rules and respect the local farmers!
It's our fifth day in the Netherlands. We've seen paintings. We've experienced culture. We've seen windmills. We ate cheese. Now, it's time to get serious.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, this region was an industrial area with windmills producing oil, paint, spices, and other products. The traditional look and feel has been preserved, and today Zaanse Schans attracts thousands of visitors every year who come to enjoy its beauty and experience the history, canals, and windmills.
The third day of our Netherlands trip was spent continuing to explore what Amsterdam has to offer! The Rijksmuseum First, we headed to the Rijksmuseum, which is located adjacent to the Van Gogh Museum (which we visited yesterday). Again, we bought the tickets online ahead of time, so getting in was quick and seamless. Outside … Continue reading The Netherlands Day 3: Rijksmuseum, Bloemenmarkt, and Cheese Fondue!
Our first full day in the Netherlands was a cloudy one. The sky was completely overcast, and I thought, "darn, it's not going to look cute in pictures". But on the plus side, there will be no harsh sunlight in my face, so I will look cute in pictures 🙂 Our plan for today … Continue reading The Netherlands Day 2: Van Gogh, Apple Pie & Canal Tour
Windmills, apple pie, blooming tulip fields, pancakes, museums and canals... In April, I spent 10 days in the Netherlands with my girlfriends Stephanie, Michelle, and Michelle. We were looking forward to experiencing all of the above and more! Did the Netherlands live up to our expectations? Read on...