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Kubuswoningen, or Cube Houses

One of Rotterdam’s wonders is kubuswoningen, or cube houses. When the city of Rotterdam asked architect Piet Blom to design housing on top of a pedestrian bridge, Blom designed abstract trees by turning traditional houses 45-degrees and resting them atop hexagonal pylons. The forest of homes was built in the 1980s. The houses are 100 […]

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Rotterdam Canal

I felt bad for these ducks!Tweet

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More Views of Rotterdam

Many details popped out at me as I walked around Rotterdam. Some of the more interesting ones: Tweet

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Rotterdam Building Details

Walking around Rotterdam, I saw a number of intriguing touches on old buildings. I’m not sure what the significance is, but I’m guessing it’s something to do with local commerce. I was surprised to see similar touches on more modern buildings. Tweet

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Delfshaven

More than any other part of Europe, Delfshaven is a humbling reminder of how young the U.S. is. It was from this port that the Pilgrims set sail. Back in the 1600’s, a group of disgruntled Puritans left England in search of religious freedom. They ended up in Amsterdam, then Leiden, then here in Delfshaven […]

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Nederlands Architectuur Instituut

Even if you aren’t that interested architecture, you will enjoy a visit to the Nederlands Architectuur Instituut to view the Dutchville exhibit. The exhibit is a unique way to experience Dutch life and is constructed using models of historical structures, industrial buildings and housing developments. A cast of six locals provides what is supposed to […]

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Rotterdam

Of all the Dutch cities I’ve seen thus far, I think Rotterdam is the least spectacular. That’s not to say it’s not culturally vibrant, chock full of interesting shops and restaurants and a fun weekend getaway – it is all those things and more. I was just expecting it to be as vibrant and comfortable […]

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