SS Rotterdam: The Grande Dame, a luxurious cruise ship hotel

As the title suggests, SS Rotterdam, dubbed as Le Grande Dame, is a hotel ship docked in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It was formerly an ocean liner and a cruise ship which sailed across the seven seas for forty-one years, i.e., from 1959 to 2000. The city converted the ship to a museum/hotel and school for vocational … More SS Rotterdam: The Grande Dame, a luxurious cruise ship hotel

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