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Rotterdam, Kinderdijk & old friends

Our last few days in the Netherlands were spent in Rotterdam. People we spoke to outside of Rotterdam seem to have divided opinions on it – some love it (it is said you can take any square kilometre in Rotterdam and find architecture from every decade of the last century, and it seems to have a lot happening) and some hate it (a lot of the city was destroyed during WW2, so despite the aforementioned architecture rumour, most of the city’s architecture is post-WW2 which is not always the most inspiring).

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We spent our first day getting laundry done and just exploring the city a little, seeing its Town Hall, the old Delfshaven suburb, the church where the Pilgrim Fathers prayed before departing the Netherlands and Picasso’s Sylvette statue.

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The Pilgrim Fathers church

 

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Picasso’s Sylvette statue

 

But our main reason for visiting Rotterdam was to visit our friends Mark and Deborah (and meet their 2 year old boy), who on our second day showed us around Dordrecht (just outside Rotterdam) and took us to Kinderdijk (my other reason for visiting Rotterdam) for the day.

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We had a lovely picnic lunch generously packed by Deborah, in the amazing sunny weather overlooking the canals and windmills.

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… and spent the evening at their place, catching up for the first time since they left Australia 3 years ago. We had a great time guys, thanks for having us!

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