Postcard from Rotterdam

Bustling Rotterdam is built around its estuary port. The business district has the usual skyscrapers and the water of the Nieuwe Maas is crossed by a modern asymmetric bridge, nicknamed “The Swan”, though the maps show it as Erasmusbrug (“Erasmus Bridge”).

The tourist boat trip took us near the SS Rotterdam, now permanently docked as a hotel, her hull painted fine white rather than North Atlantic black. We continued to the container docks, the huge ships and cranes dwarfing the handful of workers on board.