-- Her Perfect Winter Getaway
the most ardent cinema fan needs a few food breaks. True to Journeywoman
style, I took my direction from other women I met standing in film
queues or while making my way around the city. From fast food to
traditional establishments, these are a few of their dining choices.
Try Engels, located
right next to Central Station. A truly unique concept offering six
specialty restaurants all in one. From German to Spanish, schnitzel
to paella--just choose the taste treat that calls out to you and,
its yours! Service welcoming. Prices moderate.
Sheila, travel writer, Rotterdam
Cafe Popular is a happening!
Film goers throng to this tiny spot for their pre- and post-screening
nourishment. Decor is minimal, atmosphere relaxed and, their spareribs
are prize-winning! Journeywoman found the service fast, the clientele
young, music loud, prices moderate and there was always someone
interesting to talk to. Whether you're a youngster or an oldster
it's definitely worth a try. (West-Kruiskade 26)
Antonella, a Women's Film Fest Organizer, Trieste, Italy
Expect a more sedate atmosphere
and some traditional Dutch dishes at Blaeu in Ould Haven
(Old Harbour) This used to be a mapmaker's studio. Now the floors
are stained a stylish brown and century old maps grace the walls.
Journeywoman passed on offerings from the grill but filled herself
to the brim with "stamppot"-- a hearty traditional Dutch mashed
potato mixture. As a main course, three varieties were served--with
spinach, with cabbage and, with bits of apple. First, second, third--all
wonderful. Just like Dutch grandmothers like to make. (Wijnstraat
Ella, Front Desk Clerk, Rotterdam Intel Hotel
Are you ready to sin? Try
Dutch "patat" (french fries dipped in mayonnaise) available
just about everywhere. M-m-m-m good! Have them once and be ready
to fight an addiction.
For a big meal in a bowl,
order "erwten soep", a hearty Dutch split pea soup guaranteed
to keep you fortified for hours. And for a wicked dessert delight--indulge
in "appelpunt", a apple flan featuring lots of cinnamon and
heaps of whipped cream. Wow!
Suzanne, a student visiting from Utrecht
A true film-fest-goer
has little time for anything else but watching movies. But the other
sights and sounds of Rotterdam really do beckon and, Journeywoman
can never resist some "explorations" from a woman's point of view.
The Boymans-van Beuningen
Museum offers visitors a mixed bag of tricks--old masters, modern
art, plus a fab collection of precious objects and everyday items
dating as far back as the Middle Ages. Expect to see everything
from Breugals to beadwork, Picasso to pewter and Kadinskys to old
clocks. Try to find Reuben's "Bath of Diana". A "must see" stop!
(Museum Park 18-20)
From city central, take a
water taxi ride to the posh New York Hotel situated across
the river Maas. Close to a century ago, this building was the head
office of the Holland-America Shipping Line. Today, this is a must
visit spot offering accommodation reminiscent of a grander era.
The theme is old world nautical with port holes, steamer trunks,
and a vast eating area seating 400 diners. Each of its 72 bedrooms
is elegantly decorated in an art deco medley of grays, blacks and
whites. Double rooms only. Very expensive! Make a wish, make more
money and comeback with someone you love. (Tel: +31(0) 10 4390500)
Delftshaven is the
most historical part of Rotterdam --a lovely little area, away from
the hustle and bustle of downtown traffic. Meander the tiny winding
streets. Pop into galleries, antique shops and the corner pub. Discover
the talented craftspeople who work in the area and make special
note of the shop at Voorhaven 4. This where the Queen's very royal
clocks and watches are repaired. P.S. Heard of the Pilgrim Fathers?
They set sail for America from this spot.
Finally, book buyers beware!
A visit to Donner Booken (Lijnbaan 150), might be more than
you bargained for. But be brave! This is Holland's biggest bookshop--eight
floors, ten thousand English titles, and one of the nicest selections
of travel books you're likely to come across anywhere. P.S. A must-buy
guide is "Roaming 'Round Holland" by Sheila Gazeleh-Weevers and
Pat Erickson. These women cover everything from hotels to women's
organizations, and babysitting to Dutch taste treats. Definitely
a female's collectible!
-- FYI in Rotterdam
Are you an information
junkie? Foreign visitors give rave reviews to Rotterdam's
Central Library (beside the city's landmark
cube houses) for its wide selection of books and easy
access to the stacks. Those homesick for a look at
an English, French, German or Turkish newspaper can
visit their newspaper reading room located next door.
Need some gentle
exercise? Tropicana is a subtropical swimming
and relaxing paradise located alongside the Maas River
at 100 Maas Boulevard. This mostly glass structure
includes swimming facilities, a sauna, a solarium
and if you're travelling with kiddies, there's an
inviting wading pool for the little ones. (Tel: 402
To market, to
market! Rotterdam's open-air market is held
9am-5pm every Tuesday and Saturday. The city's experts
tell us that very interesting items can sometimes
be found in the flea market section--located on Mariniersweg
near St. Lawrence Church.
to have! For medical emergencies during the night
or on weekends in Rotterdam call:
- Doctor's Help (010) 420 1100 (7pm-7am)
- Dentists Help 455 2155
making contact with a women's social organization?
Try these contacts:
- American Netherlands Club of Rotterdam:
34025, 3005 GA Rotterdam.
- Pickwick Club: Call (010) 418 7002 or British
- L'Amite Club: Call (01890) 15680 or French
Have a yearning
to be strolling the aisles of a supermarket ? Albert
Heijn probably the biggest and best supermarket
chain in the Netherlands has branches all over the
country. Besides everything from meat, cheese and
liquor, this is a great place to pick up inexpensive
but yummy Dutch chocolate bars.
source for most of the bits and pieces in this FYI
section is: Roaming 'Round Holland, an insider's
guide to the country. For information about this book
write: 3319 Dent Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007