It finally happened that I went to Rotterdam and almost did not want to leave!
Last Sunday must have been the fourth or maybe the fifth time I visited the city and yet the first time that I actually liked it. To be honest, I was waiting for this moment to come as I had been hearing too many nice things about Rotterdam and all I wanted was to experience this myself.
Jennifer and Kate, who live in the city for quite some time, welcomed us at the train station and shared with us the itinerary of the day: “We are thinking to go to the Markthal for a glass of wine and because it is beautiful to see. Then we will go across the street for a bite at the Old Harbor. And then Fenix Food Factory before we head back to the station.”
It all sounded perfect to me and the amazing afternoon that followed is proof that the girls knew exactly what they were talking aboout.
After Markthal, we continued our walk downtown Rotterdam, crossing the Erasmus Bridge and heading towards the docks:
As we were reaching the docks, we passed by some old warehouses – part of them refurbished, part of them left untouched – which made me really appreciative of the city`s architecture – a perpetual mix of very old and very modern:
Kate told us the story of Hotel New York: set in the former headquarters of the Holland America Line, this is the place where thousands of former emigrants from all over Europe, full of hope for a better life, left for North America. The area around it looks pretty much like North America, as well:
Finally reaching our main destination – the incredibly cool Fenix Food Factory, where everything we tasted (wine, cider, cheese, fries with truffle mayonaisse, wood fired pizza) was absolutely amazing, with no exageration:
We definitely enjoyed this afternoon in Rotterdam and found the city incredibly cool, both architecturally and people wise. And, most importantly, it was all ours to breathe in as there generally are no crowds in sight in Rotterdam!
We left satisfied and willing to come back soon for a new episode at the Fenix! 🙂