• 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…