One of the things I enjoy about writing for Spotted by Locals is that I get to put spots on the map that would otherwise probably remain under the tourist radar. My “pet project” is the Kralingen neighbourhood, an old part of Rotterdam squeezed in between the river and the Kralingse Plas. Every now and then I go to Kralingen for a walk, to check out how my favorite local spots, like the ANWB sign or Slotlaan are doing, and if the weather is nice, I treat myself to the ultimate luxury – time.
Of all the luxury products, time is perhaps the least cherished one. It’s something we all have, but few of us really take. Mme Masette’s terrace, well-positioned towards the evening sun, is an ideal spot to spend time. When I sit here with a cup of coffee, or, if it’s a bit warmer, with a chilled glass of wine, I feel like I could sit here for ages. Some tourists just don’t understand how sitting around in cafés lounging and relaxing is any better than moving at a fast pace to see as many sights and museums as possible. They have probably never been to Mme Masette.