Monday, 7 September 2009
that's My World The Port of Rotterdam
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Sunday morning, my daughter, grandson and I left on our bicycles for Krimpen a/d IJssel to catch the waterbus, which is a catamaran,to Rotterdam. We wanted to attend the Harbour Days. In Rotterdam we met with a friend and her two children. There were crowds everywhere, which made cycling a bit awkward for me. But we saw a lot of ships, among others the fabulous, big cruise ship "Grand Princess". We enjoyed the tour, even while the weather wasn't sunny. We couldn't complain though, because it was dry and not cold.
The port of Rotterdam is the largest in Europe. From 1962 to 2004, it was the world's busiest port; then it was superseded by Shanghai. Rotterdam is situated on the banks of the river Nieuwe Maas ('New Meuse'), one of the channels in the delta formed by the Rhine and Meuse rivers. The name Rotterdam derives from a dam in the Rotte river.
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