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Saturday, November 03, 2012

Through the Heart of Europe -- Part 17, Rotterdam

Sailing north through the night we headed for our next port of call -- Rotterdam.

On the Meuse River approaching the Erasmus Bridge.

Rotterdam is one of the largest ports in Europe. In the 1970s the city undertook a major beautification effort, one part of which was preserving the old harbor.

And in addition to preserving the city's past there was a major effort to promote new, experimental architectural styles. Here's one result -- Piet Blom's "Cube Houses". We spent some time wandering through the complex and, of course, I took pictures.

Even the mailboxes are colorful.

Exterior staircases.

We wandered through the central market. A few things caught my eye.

More experimental architecture. The tall red tower is the tallest residential structure in the Netherlands.

Back down to the river.

Then once again we boarded the boat and headed northward.

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