Hotel New York: a landmark in Rotterdam

by Emiel van den Boomen on October 12, 2014

Clocks in hotel New York Rotterdam

Let’s turn back the clock. The first time I entered Hotel New York in Rotterdam was back in 1994. I was a student of Japanese language at the Erasmus University. Those days Hotel New York was just recently opened after the building was abandoned for more than 20 years! The building with its two green towers plays an important role in Dutch marine history and it always had (and has) a special place in the hearts of the people of Rotterdam.

Hotel New York on Wilhelminapier

When I stepped into the building back in 1994 I was amazed by the marine artifacts, the historic atmosphere and the superb location on the Wilhelminapier. I went back many times to visit for dinner or just a coffee. Honestly Hotel New York always feels like coming home when we are back in Rotterdam.

Hotel New York Rotterdam

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Mandalay: start of our Myanmar trip

October 4, 2014 Myanmar
U-Bein bridge Myanmar

Flying directly with AirAsia from Bangkok into Mandalay, I was a bit nervous when passing the Burmese customs at this small airport. Yes, nervous. We all know that Myanmar suffered from a strict military regime for a long time (1962-2011!). How would the country and its people look like? Would we be able to enter […]

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Things to do in Rotterdam with kids

September 17, 2014 About traveling with your children!
Rotterdam by night

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Rotterdam not for the faint-hearted: City Racing

September 6, 2014 Netherlands

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Our Myanmar Itinerary

August 17, 2014 Myanmar

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Highlights of the Harz: from Wernigerode to the mines of Goslar

June 28, 2014 Germany
Wernigerode Castle

This post covers one of the true highlights of the Harz region in Germany: the Brocken mountain! Not only the mountain (with its 1141 meters) and its views are fabulous, but the train ride up the mountain is one-of-a-kind. A narrow-gauge railway takes you up in 1.5 hours (starting point the city of Wernigerode). The […]

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Highlights of the Harz: from Quedlinburg to Thale

June 22, 2014 Germany
Teufelsmauer Harz

In June we spent three beautiful days in the Harz region in the East of Germany. Honestly we didn’t know much about the Harz before, but after these three days I can safely say that we will be back! In an earlier post on this blog you were introduced to the Harz where I took […]

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Authentic apartment in Quedlinburg: ‘an der Wassermühle’

June 20, 2014 Germany
Wassermuhle Quedlinburg

Astrid and Frank were already waiting for us. Arriving a little late because of a tremendous traffic jam on the German highway, we finally entered the city center of Quedlinburg. Our first impression was great: we were going to have a fab time here! Old watermill Our holiday apartment was situated close to the historical […]

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Discovering the beauty of the Harz region, Germany

June 15, 2014 About traveling with your children!
Quedlinburg Harz

If you have never been to the Harz region in the Eastern part of Germany before, now is the time to put it on your bucket list. It’s definitely an impressive part of the country. We visited the Harz this June and discovered an amazing collection of medieval cities, castles, UNESCO World Heritage sites and […]

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5 Essential things to do in Battambang, Cambodia

June 4, 2014 Cambodia
Battambang Cambodia

At first glance it seems like Battambang is a sleepy, rural city with not really much to do. Luckily there is more to Battambang than first meets the eye! Arriving in Battambang Cambodia There is an underlying sense of relaxation when you arrive in Battambang. On our first evening we were looking for a restaurant […]

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