Trips ‘n Travels: Holland: Rotterdam – High Tea & Rotterdam by night

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To finish my series of Rotterdam-posts, I will tell you a bit more about the place where we had an ab fab high tea and I will show you some pictures from Rotterdam at dusk and by night… a sight to see! Can you believe how many things we fitted into our Rotterdam daytrip?! It’s as if we went 3 days… we visited the Peter Lindbergh exhibition at the Kunsthal, we did some shopping at the Markthal, we strolled around to admire the architecture, we had high tea in an iconic building and we did a evening walk… how many hours can there be in one day 🙂

At dusk we were crossing the Erasmus Bridge towards the southern part of the town where Hotel New York is situated. This was the place I had chose to have our afternoon tea at. It was a tough job, looking for a place to have our high tea… there were simply too many options! In the end I chose Hotel New York, because of the history of the place ànd because the scones were served with clotted cream (and not your regular whipped cream).

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Friendshipgoals on the (windy!) Erasmus bridge 🙂

At dusk we were crossing the Erasmus Bridge towards the southern part of the town where Hotel New York is situated. This was the place I had chose to have our afternoon tea at. It was a tough job, looking for a place to have our high tea… there were simply too many options! In the end I chose Hotel New York, because of the history of the place ànd because the scones were served with clotted cream (and not your regular whipped cream).

Hotel New York is situated in the beautiful former head office of the Holland America Line. From here, thousands of emigrants left for North America, hoping for a better life. As soon as you enter the building, you can feel it: this is where it all happened. The sense of nostalgia is everywhere – from the cast-iron hotel staircase and the numerous trunks and pictures of emigrants to the former offices of its past directors. (Source: http://www.hotelnewyork.com/)

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The hotel is situated near the river Maas. When we entered the hotel, we were kindly directed to a table near the window. The afternoon tea only costs 18,50 EUR, but boy you get spoiled!!! We had a choice of several teas and we were brought a tiered plate with lots of goodies: 3 finger sandwiches, a scone with clotted cream and jam, a cupcake, a macaron and several sweets and chocolates. This is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary or simply a day out with your best friend 🙂

After a couple of hours, our sweet teeth were definitely satisfied and we started our evening walk. It was quite chilly, especially on the 800 metre long Erasmus bridge. But you are treated to the most stunning views towards the city…

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We ended our day with another visit to the Markthal. We had visited the Markthal earlier that day, but didn’t want to buy anything just yet as we would have to carry our groceries around for too long. So in the evening we went back. I bought some cheese and tapas (which my husband and I devoured the next evening) and we ended our day perfectly with a glass of wine (well… at least I had a glass… my friend still had to drive so she opted for a mineral water!).

Rotterdam is defintely worth a visit. I only went for a day, but you can easily spend a weekend break in this metropolis!

Love, Kathleen

Here you can read a post about Amsterdam!

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Now where to begin…
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Inside the restaurant.

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