Rotterdam: A riverside lesson in modern architecture.

Today will mark the start of my third week in Holland. And since this is my third visit in this lovely county, I have the opportunity to see more here. Last time I visited Holland was in December 2013 and it was quite brisk, although cozy at times: cue the warm wine and winter food, please. By returning in summer I am now able to experience Holland in a new way.

Although I’ve only been here 2 weeks on this current visit, I’ve packed in quite a bit. I find The Netherlands to be a pleasant, energizing, and downright interesting place. Any country “with only about 50% of its land exceeding 1 meter above sea level” has my attention (thanks, Wikipedia). I’ve enjoyed a mixture of urban and rural scenery, which has been a nice contrast for one’s travels. 

This is my first attempt at a “photoessay” which is a new concept to me. It really just seems like a grownup way of saying: “here are some photos I took and I hope you like them too.” No, but really. I’ve enjoyed taking photos from a young age and been drawn to images. This is my way of bringing you along in my travels, and you don’t even need a passport. 

Rotterdam: Near the New York Hotel. Reminded me of what The Pearl District in Portland, Oregon was like 10 years ago.
Rotterdam: New York Hotel, the former home of the Holland America Line.
Rotterdam: Such an urban landscape to be seen. They’ve repurposed the underbelly of a railway into various cafés, restaurants, and design studios.
Interior View of the Market Hall in Rotterdam. Such an epic space. The ground floor is an indoor market with other retail and apartment spaces nearby and overhead. 
Market Hall, a really nice area to explore and get a bite to eat. There’s a huge market outdoors on Saturday too.
Rotterdam: The famous and dizzying Cube Houses. Such a wild design to see. I felt like I had an odd case of architectural infused vertigo when viewing these.
The very memorable Central Station. Rotterdam knows how to make a great first impression. I was blown away by the architecture in this city. I found it to be truly unique and energizing.
Reflection in Holland. Yours truly taking photos on the streets.
Zeeland: Crossing a portion of The Delta Works. This engineering feat was named one of the “Seven Wonders of the Modern World”
A blue TomTom = a ton of water involved in The Delta Works.
Dutch Pride and Puns, “Water You Thinking?”
Oostkapelle : A horse parade before the ring jousting started.
Oostkapelle: People really do wear wooden shoes in Holland. I felt like I’d discovered the Lock Ness when I spotted this chipper fellow.
Climbed a church tower and was pleasantly surprised with a bird’s eye view of the jousting match.
Beautiful views of Oostkapelle from the tower, well worth the climb.
A front row view of ring jousting.
Saw this color combination quite often in Zeeland.
A not so politically correct way of describing mini-golf. 
Vlissingen: A pre-dinner walk around the harbor.
Vlissingen had an interesting mix of colors amongst the buildings.
On the waterfront in Vlissingen.
Vlissingen: The golden hour was good to me.
It’s worth looking up once in awhile in Vlissingen.
Beachside in Groot Valkenisse. A beautiful way to spend a Sunday with friends.
Beach huts and blue skies in Groot Valkenisse.
A memorable day on the beach. We lucked out with the weather on Sunday. Saturday was cloudy and Monday was rainy. We were happy campers.
It’s nice when you’re the one taking most of the photos and someone offers to take one of you.
Market day in Middelburg.
Strolling through Middelburg.

If you’ve made it this far, you’ve made it to the conclusion of my first photoessay, so thank you for that! I’ll be in Holland for the next few weeks, so stay tuned for travel updates. Current travel plans will be taking me to Spain in September and I look forward to sharing many images from Barcelona, Leon, and hopefully a few other places in Spain. 

All photos were taken with a Nikon D3200 HDSLR camera with AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm lens.  I’m not going to lie, I had to look up that lens information. This is hard evidence that I am very much a newbie to photography beyond a point and shoot camera.

Only edits made were minor cropping with the exception of the photo of me on the beach. I had to lighten that one considerably due to the shadow. I’m very new to using my camera, so I appreciate you taking the time to view my first attempt at a photoessay.

One last update: I’m still working on getting the newsletter together. So if you’ve signed up for the mailing list, please stay turned for that!

All the best from Holland,

Last Updated: August 19, 2015

Photoessay: Holland in 30 Photos (Part I)
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4 thoughts on “Photoessay: Holland in 30 Photos (Part I)

  • August 19, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Looks very professional to me–excellent first attempt!!

    • August 20, 2015 at 8:36 am

      Thanks so much, Pat! Holland and this beautiful summer weather is perfect for snapping photos 🙂

  • August 19, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Loved these Katie. I’m still wondering what kind of job you have that sends you all over the world. Whatever it is, I wish I were young and looking for work!!! Please include me in your photo essays.

    Hot, hot, and still hot in Portland…no rain, 90-100 degrees every day. My garden is crying for water.



    • August 20, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Thank you, Debbie! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed them. I look forward to posting more photos soon and I’ll keep you updated! I feel really fortunate that I’m able to work and travel at the same time. I work remotely with a software company (www.punchlist.net) based out of Eugene, Oregon. Stay cool in Portland, I heard it’s been an abnormally hot summer there. I hope the rains come soon for your garden! All the best, Katie


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