Christina in the Netherlands: Friesland and Rotterdam

Back together!

Back together!

I’ve said it before, but I’m so happy my best friend is also married to a Dutch guy! This means that from now on she will be headed this way on a fairly regular basis to visit Rafaël’s family. The first being now to celebrate the wedding in the Netherlands with Dutch family and friends.

The party was located in Friesland – the very north of the Netherlands. Koen is from Roosendaal, the south, so this was my first time visiting the province. On the way to the party we stopped in the capital city of Leeuwarden to walk around and have lunch. I think if we ever go back to Friesland, we’ll skip the bigger cities and visit the coast and farmland (which Friesland is known for).

A few days after the party I met up with Christina in Rotterdam for a girls’ day. We started with the day with her husband at Hotel Bazar for a North African/Middle Eastern breakfast before heading off to explore the city on our bikes. Luckily we had beautiful sunny weather! We went first to the Markthal, a large food market with apartments and offices that just opened last year. Then we visited the Laurenskerk across the park. Christina had already been in Rotterdam a couple of days and suggested we head to Vessel 11, a Britsh pub on a boat, for a drink. After some rosé we biked over the Erasmus Bridge to the Wilhelmina Pier for lunch at Hotel New York, the former head office of the Holland America Line. Then we biked back over the bridge and biked through Het Park before having dinner at SET, a ramen restaurant, in Chinatown.

One of the canals in Leeuwarden

One of the canals in Leeuwarden

 

The Fries Museum on Wilhelminaplein

Wilhelminaplein

 

Lunch at Broodhuys Broertje

Lunch at Broodhuys Broertje

 

Typical Dutch - meatball and fries

Typical Dutch – meatball and fries

 

Doppio Doppio for a cup of coffee

Doppio Doppio for a cup of coffee

 

Coffee guide

Coffee guide

 

Taking advantage of the free Wifi

Taking advantage of the free Wifi

 

Enjoying my cup of coffee

Enjoying my cup of coffee

 

Group shot at the party

Group shot at the party

 

Reunited and it feels so good!

Reunited and it feels so good!

 

Me emphasizing something

Me emphasizing something

 

Christina and I with our Dutch husbands

Christina and I with our Dutch husbands

 

Showing off some food

And the food shots begin…

 

Food props

Anna, Rafaël, and Koen joined in

 

Convincing everyone it's so much fun to pose with food

Convincing Tjeerd it’s so much fun to pose with food

 

The healthy shot

The healthy food shot

 

Rotterdam!

Rotterdam!

 

Pide, açma and simit, marinated feta cheese, seasoned cream cheese, kaymak (clotted cream), apricot jam, honey, thousand holes pancake, fresh fruit yoghurt, boiled egg, at Hotel Bazar

Pide, açma and simit, marinated feta cheese, seasoned cream cheese, kaymak (clotted cream), apricot jam, honey, thousand holes pancake, fresh fruit yoghurt, boiled egg, at Hotel Bazar

 

Cube Houses

Cube Houses

 

Rotterdam Library

Rotterdam Library

 

Markthal

Markthal

 

Inside the Markthal

Inside the Markthal

 

Inside the Markthal

Inside the Markthal

 

Headed to the Laurenskerk after exploring the Markthal

Headed to the Laurenskerk after exploring the Markthal

 

Inside the Laurenskerk

Inside the Laurenskerk

 

Vessel 11 - a British pup boat!

Vessel 11 – a British pub boat!

 

Tiny hot tub connect to Vessel 11

Tiny hot tub connected to Vessel 11

 

Relaxing with some rosé on the top of Vessel 11

Relaxing with some rosé on the top of Vessel 11

 

Enjoying the swing seats

Enjoying the swing seats

 

Christina in a swing seat

Christina in a swing seat

 

View of the Erasmus Bridge which we just biked over from the Wilhelmina Pier

View of the Erasmus Bridge which we just biked over from the Wilhelmina Pier

 

Hotel New York for lunch

Hotel New York for lunch

 

Caprese salad

Caprese salad

 

Oysters

Fresh Dutch oysters

 

Tompoes for dessert!

Tompoes for dessert!

 

Selfie in Het Park

Selfie in Het Park

 

Ended the day with a big bowl of ramen!

Ended the day with a big bowl of ramen!

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