The last few months photographing for the blog ensures that you look differently at your surroundings, pay more attention to photo moments and no longer walk through your city so quickly. This afternoon I spotted this rowing boat at the Delftsevaart. You don’t see that often and the crew was not visible either. I found it to be a photo moment and so you can see it for yourself here! The building at the right is a district heating substation. Parts of it dating back to 1925. The building, carried out by the Hollandsche Beton Maatschappij, was based on a concrete floor slab of 1.35 meters thick and the rest of the construction is made of concrete. In 1949 almost the whole building was finished. You can find the building on the corner of Delftsevaart and Grotekerkplein.
I had dinner at the Bazar, a restaurant that is established since December 1997 in a monumental building at Witte de Withstraat in the center of Rotterdam. Most of the dishes on the menu are from the Middle East and North Africa. There’s also a small hotel. We had a very pleasant evening and I almost forgot to take another photo for you! Enjoy the weekend!
Dark, cold but I took this picture just for you! A tiger on the square in front of the station! Why? Because the whole of Rotterdam is devoted to film for twelve days during the largest film festival of the year. There are 500 films to choose from, but also all kinds of parties, talks, Q & As, exhibitions and concerts, something for everyone. When? From Wed Jan 22 2020 – Sun 2 Feb. 2020. More info: iffr.com
The lights of the footballstadium of Excelsior, a real Rotterdam football club, are soften by the mist that softens the evening everywhere in the city. I’ve taken this photo at the terminus of tram line 7 at the Erasmus University.
I was not able to take a fresh picture this monday so one out of the archives. A original film photo taken near my home in the Agniesebuurt. A blue wall with this old light box. Is it art? A blue sky for blue monday fits this day perfect in any case!
The sun came up and shone its light on this
unique part of Rotterdam. I took the picture.
On May 14, 1940, the Germans bombed Rotterdam. The entire city center was destroyed, including the church on Hoogstraat. After the war, plans were made for rebuilding. On May 14, 1960, exactly twenty years after the bombing, the church and monastery were inaugurated. The mosaics on either side of the entrance are made by Theo Mols, the reliefs on the tower and in the roof frame were made by Pim van Moorsel. Because of the location of the church and monastery on the Steigersgracht, it is better known as the Steigerkerk, Steigersekerk, Citykerk Het Steiger or simply Het Steiger.
Het Steiger (The Scaffolding) is included in the Protection Program for Reconstruction 1959-1965. The church was recognized as a national monument in June 2016.
This morning again was one of those mornings with beautifull light! And walking throug the Maritime District in the centre of the city, passing the Oude Haven I stopped to shoot this picture at the old port Wijnhaven (translated Wine Port :-). The Wijnhaven was dug in 1613 as part of the construction of the Waterstad, the part of Rotterdam between Schielands Hoge Zeedijk and the Nieuwe Maas. I like the light and the contrast of new modern buildings and the old port and sailing ships. Enjoy the saturday as I do and I hope to welcome you again at the Sunday blog post!
At the same evening photographed as the Schiedamseweg but this the Marconiplein (Marconi square). And these are the Lee Towers or Europoint Towers or nicknamed The Point. Built 90 meters high in 1971-1975. Rotterdam Municipal Works was located in the Europoint complex. In November 2016, it was announced that at least one of the two towers that are vacant after the relocation of Public Works will be converted into an apartment complex. On November 13, 2019, Lee Towers a famous Dutch singer opened the residential towers in Rotterdam named after him, cutting a ribbon.
Near the end of the day I was en route at the Schiedamseweg, corner Spanjaardstraat. The Schiedamseweg was built from 1910 and forms the connection from Delfshaven to Schiedam. The Schiedamseweg was laid out as a broad boulevard and central axis of the Bospolder / Tussendijken district. The construction of the Schiedamseweg was completed at the end of the 1920s. Historic Delfshaven is close by, one of the highlights in history of Delfshaven; 1620: The Pilgrim Fathers are accommodated for a short time in the Sint Anthonis Capel, from where they start the crossing to America.
For this picture I visited the old Dijkzigt ziekenhuis (hospital). Located at ‘s Gravendijkwal – Westzeedijk. Don’t worry, I’m not sick, this building is disused now, there is a whole new building (a photo another day) that is supermodern, superbig and hopefully a super hospital! This old building was opened in 1961 and reminded me of a DDR or Sovjet building, due to the concrete and styling…
Here’s a view of the Euromast. At 185 meters, it is the highest tower in the Netherlands that is open to the public! The tower was built in 1960 by architect Huig Maaskant and contractor J.P. van Eesteren placed in Het Park, close to the entrance of the Maas tunnel. Visitors can use the Euroscoop, a lift that is glazed all around, from the Euroscoopdek at 112 meters height to the highest point at 180 meters, the Space Tower! The elevator revolves slowly so that visitors can look down on all sides. Worth a visit! Not the best picture I have made, the weather was to grey etc. but you get the picture 🙂
A few facts: Made of reinforced concrete it has a diameter of 9 meters and walls of 30 centimeters thick. The foundation consists of a block of 1,900,000 kg of concrete. The crow’s nest, made of steel, hangs 96 meters above the ground and weighs 240,000 kg. It was built at the bottom of the tower and then lifted up in five days.
Not the Red Guard of Moscow but a red police alarm column from the 1950s. The style of the column is at least similar to that of the 50s. Its located at the exit of the Maas tunnel, a important connection between the North and the South of Rotterdam. The Maas tunnel is the oldest submerged tunnel in the Netherlands. The tunnel comprises four tubes: two for cars, one for cyclists and one for pedestrians. Construction started in 1937 and was completed in the WWII, 1942. I was happy that there was no emergency today but just a nice picture!
Today a peaceful Sunday, just like yours I hope! Although the weather is grey I managed to take this picture full of color! I took this picture at the Bergweg, a busy street with traffic, the trams, shops and houses. There are a few Toko’s there, small tropical supermarkets. Not too many people so a quiet walk and good to recharge your nerves for a new week!
I had a very nice walk in Rotterdam this morning and was suprised by this beautiful morning’s sunrise! Yesterday’s weather was grey and rainy and today everything looks different, better! And unfortunately tomorrow it will be grey and rainy again…
Its almost weekend and as you can see, I’m looking forward! Forward to visit the city, take some pictures, stroll around and (hope so) enjoying the weather. But today still have to workbut after that… About the view, looking south direction Hofplein and the Coolsingel, a main thoroughfare but for the last two years adapted and changed towards a car-free boulevard. This summer we hope to sit on a terrace on the spot where the cars first drove! Enjoy your weekend too!
Crossing the yellow bridge “luchtsingel” you will see these tracks. Direction Rotterdam Central station or the south of the Netherlands. And don’t let the empty tracks fool you, this part is normally one of the busiest parts with trains in this city 🙂
Not much to say about this picture, early morning walk, passing the traffic direction city center. The building on the right is the first “skyscraper” of Rotterdam… Location, Pompenburg.
I photographed this empty store/building at the Korte Hoogstraat. A few days ago this was a Hudson Bay department store (in Dutch warenhuis). Exactly two years after Hudson’s Bay the first Dutch store opened, the Canadian department store started to leave the Netherlands. All fifteen branches and the web store are closed on 31 December 2020. Hudson’s Bay opened ten stores in the Netherlands in September 2017. Five more branches followed later. From the outset, the Dutch branches had to contend with disappointing sales figures. Exactly how the stores performed, the chain never disclosed. Reportedly, last year it involved a loss of 80 million euros!
In this store/building another department store chain had to close, Vroom & Dreesmann. Almost same story but this chain opened in 1887 and closed in 2015. More and more socalled “brick shops” are closing their doors, blaming the internet etc. I don’t know if that is the only reason or one of the reasons but it is not nice to see how shopping streets show empty stores or become one-sided in terms of choice.
If you walk at the Beneden Oostzeedijk you will pass a large complex of houses and shops arose between 1946 and 1949. The architects were E.H. and H. M. Kraaijvanger. Each of the apartment buildings has an inserted ceramic tile panel in the end façade. You can see that in the photo above, just above a shop door. This is a swan, there’s also a fish, a bee and a horse.
Early sunday evening. Passing by the “Gemaal Schilthuis”, a pumping station. Status purple as the lighting indicate 🙂
Text from Wikipedia: Until the Second World War, Oostplein was part of Schielands Hoge Zeedijk, Holland’s primary flood defense. The Maasboulevard became the primary flood defense during post-war reconstruction. The Gemaal mr. U.G. Schilthuis is on Oostplein. Schilthuis of the water board of Schieland and Krimpenerwaard, a pumping station pumping water from the Rotte two to three meters to the Boerengat and the Nieuwe Maas.
The metro line B (Hoek van Holland – Nesselande) crosses the water pipe below. Through the windows you can see the actual pumps. And so flows the weekend away and we find each other again on monday!
I had to work saturday evening and part of the night. The streets were silent en lonely after december, the month of festivities… I took this picture at the Westblaak. I think it shows the feeling of the evening…
During the same photowalk from yesterday I shot one of the other bridges over the river Maas, the Erasmusbrug. I like the tugboat in front of it all and the word “Rotterdam” on the lightpanel of the KPN building at the left. The Erasmusbrug was opened in 1996, is 284 meters long and 139 meters high. Because of the shape the nickname is “the Swan”. Its late now and nothing more to say then enjoy your weekend!
Tonight I went on a photowalk along the river Maas. The Maas split Rotterdam in two and there are a few bridges to cross the river from north to south and vice versa! This picture was taken from the Koninginnebrug (build in 1929) to show you the Hef bridge, a former railway bridge build in 1927 and decommisioned in 1993. The railway line Breda – Rotterdam used this bridge but nowadays the line is underground and comes above near Rotterdam Central station. I liked the mood and lighting in this picture hope you like it too!
Its themeday again and traditional january 1st the best picture of the previous year is shown. For 2019 is this my choice. It shows Museum Rotterdam, museum of the city! Not only do I have fond memories of visiting this museum but also the museum asked for permission to use the picture themselves! Shown on their instagram account did it make me proud of myself 🙂 Happy New Year everyone!
From Rotterdam, the Netherlands, a happy new year! We toast to 2020 and your health! And what is that in the picture? A tradition, the socalled “oliebol”… I don’t have a real translation but they are delicious! Cheers!
You can find these nine eyes traffic lights everywhere in Rotterdam. Nine eyes? Thats the nickname for them, they are used by the public transport as busses and trams! Now there are two red lights, so stop! And when the bus or tram can go they light two white lights for the direction that is now free to go! Example: you go to the right, a white light left under corner and a light right upper corner show you the go. Do you have nine eyes traffic lights in your city?
P.S. Sorry for the late post, to busy at work!
Tonight just a picture of the steps going home. Pretty tired but hey monday is around the corner! Just a few days and 2020 is the year! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Yesterday morning had the most beautiful light compared with the light during the last weeks! And at the tram stop Museumpark I took this (to me) nice picture! You can find this tram stop at line number 7, direction Willemsplein. Nearby the museums as the Kunsthal, Boymans and the Witte de With straat, a populair spot for entertainment, bars, restaurants etc. worth a visit!
This morning the sun was rising and illuminated the other bank of the river Maas, the south of Rotterdam with the three towers of the building Rotterdam at the left. I stood on the Willemsplein while taking this picture and I’m happy with it!
Its the 26th and how quick time flies! On my way home from work I noticed this discarded Christmas tree, its the tree from Christmas past… And now were heading for 2020! Are you ready for the new decade?
Its the 25th, Christmas day! And unfortunately no snow! So a picture from way back, Heliport home in december snow! Enjoy your Christmas as I do, with the people you love!
I photographed the Christmas star on our frontdoor here in Heliport to wish you a Merry Christmas! Enjoy your Christmas Eve in company of family and friends!
This evening I went to the Cinerama for the latest Star Wars episode! No spoilers, just a small text about the film theatre. Its a cosy theatre located at the Westblaak with currently seven screens! Opened in 1960 en rebuilt in the 1980s. They show both arthouse and mainstream films. Worth a visit!
I almost always use public transportation in Rotterdam, or walk, or take the bicycle. But lately new types of transport have regularly appeared, electric bicycles, scooters and now these mini cars. A pilot started this summer with these trolleys in the Kralingen, Spangen, Blijdorp and Kop van Zuid districts. About 30 of these are riding here and there and they are called Lev. Everyone from the age of 18, with a valid driver’s license, can use the Lev between 07:00 and 22:00. They are not free, you can find more info here >>
P.S. I had some www trouble so this post was a bit late, sorry!
Today I had lunch at a cafe I visit for years! And I was just in time to get a seat for one of the large windows. Many people had the same idea, get out of the cold, get inside and enjoy a nice lunch! Looking outside the big terrace was empty, the tables and chairs wet and cold, waiting for spring! And finally, enjoy your saturday as much as I do!
Hotel New York. Not the city but the memories are there! A former head office of the Holland Amerika Line and in 1993 transformed to a four star hotel! Some say that the hotel is worth a travel to, forget the journey!
I use the Rotterdam metro quite often. It is easy to reach all hotspots in Rotterdam and moreover the metro runs all the way to The Hague and recently to Hoek van Holland harbor, almost to the beach! All from the center of Rotterdam! This is metro station Beurs (detail) in the middle of the city with one of the subway cars used for the Randstad Rail connections.
Travelling to The Hague? Take the E-line, direction Den Haag
Travelling to Hoek van Holland harbor? Take the B-line, direction Hoek van Holland
This morning I walked through this shopping mall and exactly in the middle of it you can find this shopping mall compass rose! It shows you all the directions, north, east, south and west but actually it is one direction, the shopping mall! This compass rose was unveiled during the opening of the mall in 1996 and has the following inscription:
het hart van de stad is meer dan een verzameling gebouwen
gebouwen, winkels, straten en pleinen, het hart is
die ene plek waar je kunt voelen dan een stad leeft
the heart of the city is more than a collection of buildings
buildings, shops, streets and squares, the heart is
that one place where you can feel that a city is alive
The last few days were a bit busy and today was no exception! So today a image with not to much text. I liked the graffiti in this small passage. Many people drive through this passage as a bypass to a parking area. I like it, not much more. If you are in Rotterdam you can find it at the Delftsehof!
I took this picture at the tram depot RET Beverwaard, a neighborhood in the south of Rotterdam. Here the trams are parked, maintained and start and end the services of, among others, the tram lines on the southern side of Rotterdam. There are seventeen tracks, several workshops and a laundry.
P.S. Tramlines south to north of Rotterdam, lines 20, 23, 25. Tramline only the south part of Rotterdam, line 2. RET stands for Rotterdamse Elektrische Tram.