Springtime in Holland – Rotterdam

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While Reini was sick and recovering from his surgery, he was hoping to have a trip to look forward to. I searched around and found that flights from Innsbruck to the Netherlands are super cheap if you time it right. So we planned a long weekend trip for spring to see the beautiful blooming flowers and charming windmills.

IMG_0556We flew into Rotterdam, home of the largest port in Europe. After an easy bus ride from the Airport, we checked into our hotel and beelined to the Markthal for some lunch. We had some delicious Lebanese cuisine and then picked up some sweets to take with us to our next stop.

IMG_0558Reini was really interested in what this “largest port in Europe” claim was all about. We thought it was a bit strange at how far away from the actual ocean Rotterdam is located. So we took a harbor tour to see for ourselves. We cruised around on the top deck of a pretty big boat, enjoying the audio commentary. The port really does seem to be huge. There were tons of shipping containers hidden in every nook and cranny!

 

fullsizeoutput_4aeWe caught a sunny afternoon in Rotterdam and picked a bar on the harbor for some glasses of wine before dinnertime. The Netherlands was having their National Restaurant Week while we were there, so we had to participate for one evening! We went to a fancy Asian-French fusion place, Umami, where we had a 4 course meal featuring caviar, baby squid, and other interesting things 🙂

We really enjoyed Rotterdam. It’s a cool city with modern architecture. And we were a bit envious of their awesome network of bike paths. Innsbruck could learn something from Rotterdam!

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