A year ago, if you mentioned travelling to Europe, The Netherlands would not have been my first choice. I love love travelling but I had my reservations about some parts of the world; especially Europe. My first visit to London was in 2015, and it wasn’t love at first sight. Eventually I fell in love with London and I said to my sister OMG! LONDON IS ACTUALLY AWESOME; and she would always tell me there is no part of the world that is ugly, you just have to see beyond the shopping malls and tall buildings. I started my Netherlands experience in Rotterdam; A commercial city with Europe’s largest port and a population of not more than 700,000 people. I stayed in a beautiful hotel called The Hamsphire, right in the middle of amazing attractions and a few kilometers walk from the shopping malls, and fashion stores.
A very beautiful city and my best part was the food! The Markthal is a foodie’s haven; a complex with offices and apartments but the last floor is a food market, with different kinds of restaurants and food shops. Anything FOOD can be found in the Markthal and restaurants like; Jamie’s Italian (owned by THE JAMIE OLIVER), Le Souq, Andalus fish, Donuts express, and like a hundred others. It is a beautiful building not just for the food but the architecture. Rotterdam has the beautiful architecture you would feel as though you are staring at an art on the wall.
The Markthal, The Cube houses, the Erasmus bridge, and the Euromast among other beautiful architecture in Rotterdam. I could go on and on; I usually am not one to be so crazy about art, but my recent love for street art grew deeper with the amazing graffiti in Rotterdam.
My Rotterdam experience was EPIC and I was lucky to visit the port, and experience some of their Maritime training. Most stores and shops in Rotterdam don’t open till about 10am, some days 1pm and close at 5pm, the latest a store or shop is open till is 8pm; pretty chilled right!! Regardless it is an incredible place and I absolutely loved every second of my stay there.
Amsterdam is a city of almost 900,000 people with almost 4 million visitors per year. Maybe because you can do almost anything in the city, No judgement, No punishment. But as much as I loved the city, there really isn’t much to see or do, It is famous for their liberal spirit. A few places I visited that you could try to are; The Rijksmuseum, The famous Red light district known for drug shops and prostitution museum and well… alooooot of sex shops; and The hard rock cafe.
The Netherlands is on my list of places to visit again, but next time in the summer when the weather is perfect to have the most daring adventures.