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Rotterdam, one learns, is Europe’s busiest port and was until fairly recently the busiest in the world. It also has a long history of shipping, and in its urban center features both an indoor maritime museum (which I’ve not yet entered), and a living outdoor museum that you can walk through for free (as I did during the evening walk which yielded these photos), or do tours with information shared if you book and pay…I assume. Haven’t yet researched that part. And as you’ll see, some of the lovely older buildings did manage to survive WWII. I’m told that the one you see here was temporarily moved so that they could build a new tunnel under it, then brought back to its plot once the tunnel was constructed. Good engineers, these Dutch folks, eh?

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These photos were both taken at Letna Park, site of the Metronome which featured in an earlier post. That’s why I get to call this entry Urban Garden. So many lovely parks and gardens to appreciate, in so many cities and countries :-).

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Ok so it’s actually the world’s oldest artificial rowing course in the word, but it is connected to the water various other canals that you’ve seen before. In fact, you’ve seen the Bosbaan (forest course) itself in another post under more dramatic lighting conditions. This was taken last weekend during this year’s edition of the grand old Holland Beker rowing competition Quite fun to watch all the teams race past, though this was taken during a quieter moment between heats.

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These doors and their details are all from inside one of the palaces to which our ticket gave us entry. It’s the same on that houses the window of the defenestration. 🙂

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City Views.122

Above: George Town & mainland Penang State as seen from top of the hill. Below: two views of the hill as seen from the 20th floor of one of those buildings near the water, above….

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