ROTTERDAM: The Euromast, a proud member of the World Federation of Great Towers

The Euromast, an observation tower built between 1958 and 1960, stands tall in the port city of Rotterdam in South Holland. Designed by Hugh Maaskant, it was constructed for the international flower exhibition and garden festival held every 10 years in the Netherlands. 185 meters in height, including the space tower added on top of … More ROTTERDAM: The Euromast, a proud member of the World Federation of Great Towers

ROTTERDAM: The Gateway to Europe (A tour to the River Maas, Maastunnel and Erasmus Bridge)

Rotterdam is big city located in South Holland, a province of the Netherlands. Dubbed as the “gateway to Europe” and consequently, Europe’s “gateway to the world”, the city traces its history back to 1270 when the people constructed a dam by the river Rotte for safety. Strategically situated within Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt river delta at the North … More ROTTERDAM: The Gateway to Europe (A tour to the River Maas, Maastunnel and Erasmus Bridge)

The enduring Dutch town of Spijkenisse

Spijkenisse. What a beautifully sounding name for a town. It was derived from the words spieke, meaning  “spit“, and nesse, meaning “nose”, i.e., “pointy nose”. It has nothing to do with the people who live there, or the Spijkenissenaar, though. It actually refers to “a spit of land portruding along the river”. Since the town is located near the River Meuse, … More The enduring Dutch town of Spijkenisse

SPIJKENISSE: A glimpse of the Dutch way of life

The Netherlands is one of my favorite countries! The name literally means “Low Country”, that is, it has been prone to flooding since the beginning of time. But with that problem came the Dutch admirable innovation — they built dams and canals and other flood control systems. The Dutch are not only remarkable for that. … More SPIJKENISSE: A glimpse of the Dutch way of life