Netherlands: Rotterdam

I spent three weeks in Rotterdam, city that my great-grandfather left in 1912. Land of my Dutch last name: Schoenmaker (literally shoe-maker...the kids from middle school were right, for once). Unfortunately my self-taught Dutch didn't pay off: beyond the bare bones 'please' and 'thank you', people generally responded in English.  

  Erasmusbrug  (Erasmus Bridge) with separate lanes for pedestrians, cyclists, tram, and cars

Erasmusbrug (Erasmus Bridge) with separate lanes for pedestrians, cyclists, tram, and cars

 Industry // Holland America Line

Industry // Holland America Line

  Erasmusbrug

Erasmusbrug

  Vrijmarkt  (flea market) on  koningsdag  (King's Day) in front of the  Markthal  building in the center of Rotterdam. Luck for me I arrived the day before this national holiday celebrating their king's birthday.

Vrijmarkt (flea market) on koningsdag (King's Day) in front of the Markthal building in the center of Rotterdam. Luck for me I arrived the day before this national holiday celebrating their king's birthday.

 Another flea market in a different neighborhood of Rotterdam, where this section of the tram line was temporarily closed for the market.

Another flea market in a different neighborhood of Rotterdam, where this section of the tram line was temporarily closed for the market.

  Kort Hoogstraat,  the street of the former photo studio where my great-grandfather had his portrait taken before leaving the Netherlands. It is now a shopping district near Metro Beurs.

Kort Hoogstraat, the street of the former photo studio where my great-grandfather had his portrait taken before leaving the Netherlands. It is now a shopping district near Metro Beurs.

 View from above (from the Euromast) of the  Nieuwe Waterweg  canal and Erasmus Bridge

View from above (from the Euromast) of the Nieuwe Waterweg canal and Erasmus Bridge

 Rotterdam skyline. The smaller building with orange lights along the water is Hotel New York, where my great-grandfather most likely boarded the ship that brought him to the United States.

Rotterdam skyline. The smaller building with orange lights along the water is Hotel New York, where my great-grandfather most likely boarded the ship that brought him to the United States.

 Delfshaven borough from above

Delfshaven borough from above

 Westzeedijk roundabout/intersection

Westzeedijk roundabout/intersection

 Maastunnel downramp + Euromast balcony 

Maastunnel downramp + Euromast balcony 

  De Zandweg,  a mill near the  Zuiderpark  in Charlois neighborhood

De Zandweg, a mill near the Zuiderpark in Charlois neighborhood

 Tram stop along one of many green spaces in Rotterdam <3

Tram stop along one of many green spaces in Rotterdam <3

 Tree-lined street in Delfshaven

Tree-lined street in Delfshaven

 Delfshaven harbor // In contrast with the rest of Rotterdam, Delfshaven was not bombed during World War II, so you can still see historic architecture here

Delfshaven harbor // In contrast with the rest of Rotterdam, Delfshaven was not bombed during World War II, so you can still see historic architecture here

 Delfshaven

Delfshaven

 Delfshaven

Delfshaven

 Escalator down to the bicycle and pedestrian Maastunnel access. Length of tunnel: 1,2 km (3/4 mile), connecting the north and south banks of the Nieuwe Maas canal.

Escalator down to the bicycle and pedestrian Maastunnel access. Length of tunnel: 1,2 km (3/4 mile), connecting the north and south banks of the Nieuwe Maas canal.

 Drawbacks (pun intended) of living near so many canals = traffic delays

Drawbacks (pun intended) of living near so many canals = traffic delays

  Erasmusbrug

Erasmusbrug

 Rotterdam Centraal train station

Rotterdam Centraal train station

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Portugal: Sintra

Portugal: Lisbon, Part 1

Portugal: Lisbon, Part 2