OK, so I may have got a little bit excited about going to the city that’s also the title of a certain Beautiful South song (I think I knew all of the words at one point). In reality, I knew that Rotterdam would be my kind of place. After starting off in the rather traditional location of The Hague, it was slightly more energising to head somewhere known for modern architecture, design and creativity. It’s a little bit London, a little bit Berlin and a little bit Scandi, if I had to describe it in terms of cities, but really that’s only scratching the surface. The central bits had to be rebuilt gradually after World War Two, resulting in a somewhat futuristic landscape in places and hints of the more typical Dutch infrastructure. I like how they turned the reconstruction into something positive and created a totally new identity, it was named as one of the 10 best cities in the world by Lonely Planet and seems to have a lot of things sorted.A busy itinerary needs a comfy, Winter-appropriate outfit, so I wore my favourite leopard print coat, newest Mango purchase and skinny jeans for a day of exploring and a bit of tennis watching at the ABN AMRO tournament. I managed to catch up with a Uni friend who lives on Kop Van Zuid (an old port area south of the centre) and I’m now pretty certain that I need to come back as soon as possible. It happened when I went to Berlin, it happened with Paris and now it’s happening again. There’s so many interesting things going on and you could quite happily just spend a leisurely long weekend here, without the usual crowded tourist situations.
Coat – ASOS (similar styles), Top – Mango, Jeans – Boden, Boots – Vagabond, Bag – c/o Lulu Guinness, Necklace – Tatty Devine
A massive thanks to Marriott Hotels for inviting me on this trip, I’ll have more from this colourful city very soon!