• Europe,  Netherlands,  Travel

    Amsterdam – XXX

    Amsterdam is one of the most iconic port cities in Europe!  Famous for its beautiful canals, red light district, and coffee shops, this city was at the top of my bucket list when studying in France in 2013.  A group of international students booked tickets to Amsterdam at the tail end of our Spring Break.  It was super fun, but I was exhausted after a trip to Italy for the first half of break so at that point I was just ready to get back to Paris and relax.  On top of my exhaustion, it rained most of the time we were there!  SO, when I threw together my plans…

  • Europe,  Netherlands,  Travel

    Rotterdam – ‘The Destroyed City’

    I spent two days in Rotterdam during my Vacances de Toussaint.  Just like with Gent, I knew nothing about Rotterdam before arriving (last-minute travels FTW!).  As it turns out, this city is extremely young with a ton of modern architecture! Unfortunately, the city was bombed during World War II and nearly the entire city was destroyed.  There is an incredibly moving statue beside the Maritime Museum, by Ossip Zadkine, named “The Destroyed City.”  He said that when he arrived to Rotterdam after the war and saw the devastation that remained, he was inspired to make this statue.  The monument resembles a distressed figure missing its core.  I love that he…