Saturday, January 30, 2010

Views from the top

Two views from the Rotterdam apartment. You need to do a little bit of work for this.

Stand up and imagine you are looking straight ahead, Good, now swivel your feet so they are pointing a little to the left. That's the night time view.

Now shift your feet more to the left and look down at the still snow covered footpath and notice the bicycle path and the tram track. There are no cyclists as they move at the speed of light on their own 'road' which they share only with scooters. They will mow down pedestrians on crossings if required.

The tall pointy building reminiscent of the Sky Tower in good old Auks in the night one? That's Euromast and no didn't go up it as I was saving myself for the Eiffel Tower.

The perfect club sandwich

So - flew to Seoul and was stupidly surprised to find that it was snowy even though it was just after Christmas. After a night in the Hyatt at Incheon Airport (highly recommended and completely unexpected) we went back to the terminal. Big ups to Korean Air - will fly again!!

This is where we encountered the perfect club sandwich. I love the styling.

Refreshed and restored we got in a plane and flew to Schipol Airport (Netherlands). Then only a little worse for wear we got in a car and were driven to our temporary home on the 15th floor of an apartment building in South Rotterdam. Collapsed after the technical tour of the apartment and several excited moments dimming and undimming all the lights with the remote.

All lit up/spooky miss

This spooky miss was part of the fabulous Franklin Road Light Show at the end of 2009.

She's beautifully lit and her wings and halo are stunning but I found her a little unsettling. Perhaps it was the contrast with the well dressed houses but she reminded me more of a marble angel for a child's headstone than a festive fairy.

No matter, there were hordes of people, buskers and charity singers, coffee and cameras and we all played nicely so that everyone could have their 'ohh, ahh' moment.

The best thing was the empty house lit from inside with a changing palette of contrasting colours. Yep - watched it for ages.