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Sep 8, 2015 - More From Rotterdam

We are still docked in the beautiful city of Rotterdam. We saw the David Copperfield show today, he is a Scottish comedian, not the famous magician. He was hilarious, we enjoyed the show very much. Jerry also participated in the Karaoke show, he sang two songs and did a great job. Our dinner tonight was the BEST food yet, we had surf and turf with special pasta prepared next to our table and New York cheesecake for dessert. The food on this ship is amazing. I am adding more photos taken on the ship including the basketball court and more....

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Sep 7, 2015 - Rotterdam, Netherlands

Our ship docked in Rotterdam today about noon. We have visited this beautiful area before, we decided not to take any of the planned tours. We toured the Anne Frank home and the canals the last visit to Amsterdam. We enjoyed seeing the beautiful city and shops. We participated in the "Riddle Me This" competition on the ship, we only got a few of the answers, it was fun. We are going to see the Watercolor Fantasy show tonight and the Grace of Monaco movie on the huge screen by the pool. Check back later for more from our next stop in France....

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Aug 16, 2015 - Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam has the largest cargo port in Europe and the tenth largest in the world. It is known for its lively cultural life and its maritime heritage. The near-complete destruction of Rotterdam's city center during World War II, known as the Rotterdam Blitz, has resulted in a varied architectural landscape including modern architecture and sky-scrapers, which are an uncommon sight in other Dutch cities. Rotterdam is home to some world-famous architecture from renowned architects. Recently Rotterdam was voted 2015 European City of the Year...

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Jun 14, 2014 - A World Cup Gold and last day in Rotterdam

It's our last day in Rotterdam, today. We didn't do much. I had uni marking to start and Nan and another member of her team, left their accommodation and came to swan around in luxury with us. Katy needed a place to crash before flying back to Oz tomorrow and we leave on the 10 am train to Brugge. There were a few sore heads this morning. Jen, Arthur and I traveled out to HC Rotterdam for the final time. We went a bit early because the Aussie women's 50s and 60s were in the World Cup Final too. The 60s had a 3\0 win over England and the 50s...

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Jun 12, 2014 - Rotterdam and a World Cup Semi win

Sorry for the day off, but our building had internet issues. We are now connected to the world again and thus can catch up with you all. It also means I have no excuse not to do my uni marking. Bummer 𯘑. Yesterday, Jenny, Arthur and I went on a cruise. Rotterdam Port is the largest in Europe and 3rd busiest in the world (up to 2002 was #1, but over taken by Singapore and Shanghai). It opened in the 14C because it has access to the Maas, Rhine and Meuse Rivers and cargo can be unloaded and into central Europe in a jiffy. Now, it covers 105...

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Jun 10, 2014 - Rotterdam and Quarter Finals Day

Back in Rotterdam and the finals start in the hockey. Nan's team have been getting better and better with each match and today they played really well. The Kiwis always step up against Australia and they are the reigning Trans Tasman champs for this age group (and quite a few others). The final score was 3/1 with NZ scoring a late consolation goal. The Aussie girls were happy with their performance. Jenny and I were sure it was our outfits of green T shirt, yellow singlet and green and yellow somraros. This stylish outfit together with...

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Jun 8, 2014 - Days 2 and 3 in Rotterdam

Day 2 and 3 have been swallowed up with a game of hockey each day and a little wandering around the central district. Nan's first match was against South Africa, second v Scotland and third v Wales. They have won all three and have topped their pool. There is a day off tomorrow and then finals begin. It takes a good part of an hour to get to the fields by tram and foot, so once a game takes place and we have a chat after, then travel home again, it's at least 4 hrs and a large chunk of the day. Luckily the sun doesn't go down until 10:30pm...

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Jun 6, 2014 - Day 1

After, what felt like forever, we flew into Amsterdam. Customs was a breeze and in pure Dutch organisation, we were down the escalator, tickets bought and on a train to Rotterdam in a jiffy. The Dutch have been wonderfully helpful and want to know where we are from and how long we are staying and just to ask if we need any help. As you can see our apartment is wonderful.

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May 26, 2013 - Rotterdam and Windmills

Rotterdam is the second largest city in The Netherlands. Most of it was destroyed in the war so it doesn't have as many old sections as Amsterdam. Rotterdam is very new with modern architecture such as cube houses and office structures sitting up high on metal beams. The streets are dotted with metal sculptures and other street art some of which is very controversial such as the Santa Claus statue. (Google it if you want to know more! ) Two items of particular interest to American history that did survive the war are the Hotel New York and...

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May 10, 2013 - in denial

The Dutch have found great success by being in denial, ignoring the many bad hands they have been dealt. They’ve created a prosperous country by dint of hard work, imagination, ingenuity and never accepting the status quo. Most of the country is river delta providing drainage to the European rivers that flow to the North Sea. In the 16th century as the population grew and there was never enough land for homes and agriculture, they began to build dikes and used windmills to drain the reclaimed land. Today 65% of the country is under sea...

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Apr 10, 2013 - Rotterdam, Delft, Madurodam

Madurodam is a miniature park and tourist attraction in the Scheveningen district of The Hague, Netherlands, home to a range of perfect 1:25 scale model replicas of famous Dutch castles, public buildings, and large industrial projects as found at various locations in the country. The park was opened in 1952 and has been visited by tens of millions of visitors since that date. In 2012 Madurodam celebrated its 60th anniversary. Some facts: The official opening of Madurodam was July 2, 1952. Madurodam has a railway network of approximately 4...

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Apr 1, 2013 - Rotterdam & Kinderdijk, Netherlands

Met some fun couples last night! One couple from New Jersey, the other from Manchester, England. Almost half of the people on the cruise this time are from England! Took a 30-minute ride tour this morning to the windmill site in Kinderdijk. Very interesting! We got to go into one of the operating windmills and climb the stairs to the top. They are beautiful! Some of them have canvas covers on the windmills to create more of a "windsail" effect. The weather was sooo cold and windy, but worth it. We got back to the ship and took a little nap,...

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