Ghostsign 1

Every time I pass this facade I forget to take a picture, now finally done. You can find this old facade advertisement on the Noordplein. The company no longer exists of course …

P.S. Drogerijen en verfwaren translate to dryers and paints

A smoke screen in front of the door

Rotterdam Daily Photo:  A smoke screen in front of the door
Rotterdam Daily Photo: A smoke screen in front of the door

Uw peuk hier, klein gemak, groot plezier! Translated: Your (cigarette) butt here, little convenience, great fun! Outside the doors of a school at the Heer Bokelweg, there are several with separate text for each location.

A man has his points

Rotterdam Daily Photo: A man has his points
Rotterdam Daily Photo: A man has his points

During our daily evening walk I came across this signpost. And on top was a little man who, like us, had his chest forward to face the future with confidence! Do you want to meet him too? Then walk from the Hofplein to the Schiekade and you will meet 🙂 Have a nice weekend!

A final resting place, cemetery Crooswijk

Rotterdam Daily Photo: A final resting place, cemetery Crooswijk
Rotterdam Daily Photo: A final resting place, cemetery Crooswijk

A few days ago I took another small photo walk and I passed the Crooswijk cemetery located at the Kerkhoflaan. It is an old and very beautiful cemetery with an old chapel, lots of nature and certainly with the beautiful spring weather a nice place to come to contemplate.

A short history; In 1829 it was decided that burial in the church was no longer allowed. The Municipality of Rotterdam built the first municipal cemetery: Crooswijk cemetery. The Rotterdam city architect Pieter Adams designed the cemetery. The cemetery was inaugurated in July 1832. The cemetery is not yet ready, but due to a cholera epidemic, Rotterdam has a large number of people to bury. There is also a military plot dedicated on May 30, 1940. Here 115 Dutch soldiers are buried. In addition, a separate section has been set up for Islamic funerals. Here, dead can be buried within 36 hours.

Still a long way to go…

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Still a long way to go...
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Still a long way to go…

I took this picture at metrostop Wilhelminaplein. Through this entrance you have to use the treadmill just like at airports! No crowds, it will take a while before everything returns to normal use in public transport …

The great value of freedom, democracy and human rights

Rotterdam Daily Photo: The great value of freedom, democracy and human rights
Rotterdam Daily Photo: The great value of freedom, democracy and human rights

Today is a National holiday! 75 Years ago the Second World War ended in Holland! This picture was taken on the Maasboulevard, alle the flags fluttered for the feast and the liberation!

Liberation Day is the Dutch national holiday on May 5, on which the liberation of the German occupation in the Netherlands in 1945 is celebrated annually. On 5 May, the Netherlands will also consider the great value of freedom, democracy and human rights.

Free as a bird, 4th of may remembrance day

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Free as a bird, 4th of may remembrance day
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Free as a bird, 4th of may remembrance day

Its the 4th of may remembrance day here in the Netherlands. Every year at 8 pm on 4 May, the Dutch commemorate civilians and soldiers who have died in the Kingdom of the Netherlands or elsewhere in the world since the outbreak of the Second World War, both in war situations and in peacekeeping missions, with two minutes of silence.

They died for our freedom today, hence the photo of the birds here on our balcony, free as a bird …

A thank you from work

Rotterdam Daily Photo: A thank you from work
Rotterdam Daily Photo: A thank you from work

I received these flowers by mail. A thank you from work for keeping the public transport available as much as we can.

Not far from his home

I took this photo not far from where he was born, reading his book, executed in bronze, Erasmus. The oldest statue in the Netherlands was on the Grotemarkt before 1940. Unscathed from the bombing and hidden until May 1945, its then was placed on the Coolsingel. When the metro was built in 1963, it was relocated to the Grotekerkplein. The Erasmus statue is in a straight line to his birth house.

Notes:

    1. In Brooklyn on the square of the Erasmus Hall High School is a life-size copy of this statue by Simon Miedema.
    2. “For a few centuries it is actually the only public statue in the Netherlands that has not belonged to a warrior, prince or statesman, nor to a poet, but to a scholar, one who still had quite neglected that homeland.” Quote by Johan Huizinga, Dutch Historian

May 1st, 2020, theme day “Shopping”

Rotterdam Daily Photo: May 1st, 2020, theme day “Shopping”
Rotterdam Daily Photo: May 1st, 2020, theme day “Shopping”

I admit it, I completely forgot that it was a theme day … So here is a “shopping photo” from the archive … A closed barber shop. Appropriately I think “Who’s next”!

P.S. I shot this picture in 2007, location Hillesluis.