We have a lot planned for today so we got up extra early. By 8 am we had walked to the Metro and were on the train for city centre.

Borrowed from google: Rotterdam is a major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. After being almost completely reconstructed following WWII, the city is now known for bold, modern architecture.

The Cube houses are cubes titled on a 45 degree angle resting upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. The design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest. The idea of cube houses is to optimize space. These homes were designed in 1977.

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A couple examples of the interesting architecture in Rotterdam.

This photo has a lot going on. The bridge is the cable stretching Erasmusbrug bridge. Behind the bridge is the SS Rotterdam is birthed in Rotterdam and used as a hotel. There are also some interesting buildings in the background.

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The Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, built between 1449 and 1525. The church was heavily damaged in the Rotterdam Blitz on May 14, 1940. The church restoration was completed in 1968. The 2nd photo is more interesting architecture.

At Kinderdijk, the ingenious system of windmills and pumping stations has been keeping the soil dry for nearly a thousand years now. We only spent a little over an hour here and I have lots and lots of photographs of windmills but I'll be kind and only post three.




Leaving Kinderdijk, we drove to Bilthoven. The town of Bilthoven is where my mother, Yvonne's mother and Yvonne were born. Our first stop was the city hall where Yvonne's mother and father were married. We popped into city hall to thank Ernst, a fellow who Yvonne corresponded with to find out information regarding her family. It was a short walk from the city hall to my grandparent's house and to the house where Yvonne's parents and brothers lived and she was born. The last stop was the Montessori school that Yvonne attended when she was 3 years old. For me it was interesting seeing the place where my mother grew up. For Yvonne is was exciting to see where she was spent the first few years of her life.

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Myself and Yvonne in front of our grandparents home.