One of the things I like most is taking my friends to places that mean something to me. It`s all about sharing the good stuff, I guess. 🙂
On Ale`s first time in Rotterdam, we took the metro from Central Station and got off at Wilhelminaplein. Half way towards the New York Hotel, she was already impressed by the city`s skyscrapers and modern architecture.
But it wasn`t until we crossed the Rijnhavenbrug, from where we could see the old industrial architecture of former factories and silos, that Ale decided she could leave Amsterdam and move to Rotterdam right away. With enough luck, she might get to live in one of the apartments currently under construction in these former industrial buildings. 🙂
We were on our way to meet Jennifer and have brunch together at my favourite place in town: Fenix Food Factory. And that`s exactly what we did. Ale liked the place a lot and, just like me, was intrigued by the fact that, although busy, the place still felt spacious and relaxing. In other words, the lack of tourist crowds in Rotterdam – compared to Amsterdam – makes the city feel as if it belongs to you.
Jennifer (who I must say is guilty for me falling in love with Rotterdam in the first place) wanted to quickly show us another place she liked in the city, a location literally back to back with Fenix Food Factory: Posse. We instantly liked it and decided it`s where we`d eat the next time we`re in Rotterdam.
Our destination for the day, however, was the Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair at the Cruise Terminal. It`s there where we spent the next couple of hours, gazing at and taking photos of the various works on display.
I didn`t want to leave Rotterdam without taking Ale to another favourite location in the city: the Witte de Withstraat. The street is full of cafés, bars, and restaurants and has a very artistic vibe. Together with Jennifer, we stopped for a coffee and a slice of cake at a random café, enjoying each other`s company and planning to meet again soon, be it Amsterdam or Rotterdam.