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Anniversary Trip – Rotterdam

Posted May 5th, 2017 by Janelle

We made it to 10! Well almost. We are a couple months shy but I really wanted to see the tulips in spring. So April it was!

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Our accommodations in Rotterdam were actually a tourist attraction in themselves. The Cube Houses. From this plaza area, it was exactly 70 steps up to the main level of our cube. In the column that supports the Cube were 2 sets of tight spiral stairs. The first level had a kitchen, living room, and water closet. The second level was a bedroom and a bathroom. The top was a small room at the point of the cube with lots of windows and a sitting area.

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Across the plaza from the Cube Houses was the Markthal. A large indoor market with food stands and full restaurants. The item above is a stroopwafel. They are very thin fresh waffles, cut in half, and spread with a caramel-y syrup-y goo. SO delicious.

Some other delicious Dutch delights we devoured included:

Croquettes (from a hot vending machine)- Savory sausage-looking snacks are filled with a mixture of mashed potato, chopped beef, beef broth, flour, butter, herbs and spices and then battered in a crunchy breadcrumb coating.

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Oliebollen – A Dutch donut, deep fried balls of dough usually with raisins or currents, served hot with icing sugar.

Poffertjes – Small, light, fluffy pancakes made with yeast and buckwheat flour, served with powdered sugar and butter.

Hagelslag (Chocolate Sprinkles) – We actually brought these home with us. Dutch equivalent of Nutella. These are typically eaten on bread with butter.

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Indonesian Rijstaffel (Rice Table) – A medley of small dishes from all over the Spice Islands, developed in the times of Dutch colonization in order to allow colonials to sample dishes from around Indonesia.

On our first full day, we took the water bus out to Kinderdijk. Can we just talk about the water bus for a second? Rotterdam used to be the largest port city in the world before they were overtaken by the port in China. There are literally canals ALL OVER the Netherlands, and in Rotterdam, they have waterbusses and water taxis that utilize all the water.

Ok Kinderdijk. This place has a system of 19 windmills, all built around 1740. This group of mills is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

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Another couple clearly on their anniversary trip too.

We only spend 2 nights in Rotterdam. We also visited the Euromast, an observation tower.

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Hotel New York. We just walked through the restaurant to check out the architecture. The building was the original headquaters for the Holland Amerika Lijn, a Dutch shipping, passenger, and cargo line.

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Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Huis Sonneveld

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