Last week N.’s cousin, Stratos -who is also our friend and our best man- came to visit us. We had the chance to show him some of our favorite cities in the Netherlands and discover some places that we haven’t visited before. This is mainly a photo post with short descriptions and all photos are taken by Stratos. If you want to know more about him and speak Greek, then visit the “No Head For Math” link at the sidebar of this blog.
Schiedam: That’s where we live. Unfortunately, we didn’t think of charging the camera on day one, when Stratos arrived, but we will take some decent photos and upload them soon enough.
Rotterdam: I was the one who visited Rotterdam with Stratos, as N. was working. That’s how we organized it. Every day one of us would explore a new city with our guest, while the other one would work. The weather helped as well, with the exception of this terrible storm. Rotterdam is the city that most tourists do not like, as it is not as picturesque as the rest of the Netherlands. Personally I like it, because it has an urban character and in a strange way reminds me of my home city, Athens.
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Utrech: this is my favorite city in the Netherlands so far. The canals are below street level, a fact which creates very beautiful spaces. The Utrecht train station is really huge and we managed to get lost in there, looking for a specific shop, for quite a while.
Hague: We had to go with N. to the Greek Embassy, in order to do some paperwork, for our marriage to be recognized also in Greece. Poor Stratos joined us. After about an hour of waiting for us, he got to see Hague and the nearby beach area, called Scheveningen.
Delft: We went to the Museum Night, but I have to say that we were waaaaay too tired to do the thing properly. I also had this amazing idea of taking a boat tour (it was included in the museum night pass), where a Dutch writer would read parts of his work. Well, let’s just say that 1 hour of Dutch literature for three people who don’t speak a word Dutch was a bit too much (even though I did understand a little bit). We also visited Prinsenhof, but then we just went home, dead-tired. No after-party for us.
Leiden: N. went with Stratos to Leiden and I stayed at home, as I had to work. All I know is that they ate A LOT, as there was some kind of fair with various food benches, and that they talked about art.
Delft again: N. had a meeting in Delft, so he used the opportunity to show Stratos around the TU Delft campus.
Amsterdam: Stratos wanted to visit the Van Gogh museum, because he missed it last time he was here. He went to Amsterdam with N., while I was at home, preparing for a housewarming dinner with friends.
Gouda: I haven’t been to Gouda before, but I have to say that it was waaaaay too peaceful when we visited it. Maybe it was because of the weather. Maybe it was a holiday that we were not aware of. I don’t know. Still, it was quite charming.
Volendam: This is an old fishing village. To go there you have to go to Amsterdam and then take the bus and ride it for about 20 minutes. If you have a week to spend in the Netherlands, it is worth a visit.