Vacay season is well and truly here, so to kick off my summer of 2017 I’m off to Rotterdam next month: South Holland’s gorgeous metropolis for food, culture, architecture and MUSIC (I’ve got tickets for the North Sea Jazz festival y’all!!!!).
But while I’m looking forward to swaying along to the likes of Jamiroquai, Erykah Badu, Kamasi Washington and Robert Glasper Experiment, I’ve set aside plenty of time over the weekend for a bit of exploring. Here are at least three things on my itinerary:
Jog through the city on a ‘running tour’
I love cycling (as do the Dutch, obvs), and my original plan was the go on a cycle tour. But all the good ones are booked up or don’t work with my timings, so what’s the next best thing? Running. Rotterdam Sight Running Tours offer a 7km run around all the modern and historical bits of the city. Fingers crossed we’ll get to jog past those infamous cube homes (for the ‘gram!)
Pig out at Tante Nel
I’m committed to shamelessly devouring everything on this trip, so one of my foodie stops will be Tante Nel. This popular fast food joint is known for their incredible chips served with lavish, mouth-watering toppings. I hear the milkshakes are divine too (see why I’m on that running tour?)
Wander around the Kunsthal Museum
You gotta love a modern museum and since 1992, the Kunsthal has developed a rep for presenting fun and innovative exhibitions around art, design, photography and fashion. Current shows include a tribute to Prince and a large-scale retrospective of the work of influential 20th-century photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
Have you been to Rotterdam? Got any tips? Let me know in the comments!