Fancy a walk on a Sunday? Many people visit the Lijnbaan! The Lijnbaan was the first shopping promenade in the Netherlands, and the first car-free shopping promenade in the world! Named after the rope-making factory that was located here between 1667 and 1845. Construction started in 1949. A special pedestrian zone in the middle of the city was a novelty and attracted a lot of international attention at the time of the opening on October 9, 1953. There are many shops of large and well-known brands, as well as small businesses with their own specialties. The Lijnbaan is one of the architectural icons of the reconstruction. The shops of the Lijnbaan are included on the list of national monuments. Worth a visit!
And now again a photo in color, this shop in beautiful red! Black Widow was the clothing store for many young people for 39 years. A place for fans of gothic, punk, metal, wave and other underground genres. The store was located on the Nieuwe Binnenweg. Now they are closed to the chagrin of former employees and customers. The owner states that it has nothing to do with the corona crisis; “Sometimes you suddenly have to do other things.”
Pictures of former employees of the past years now hang on the doors.
Corona time. Shops closed. But walking is allowed. Unfortunately not somewhere to rest, then everyone could sit together with all the risks that entails! That is why these plants were placed on the benches of the Binnenwegplein, a kind of forbidden forest …
It has been a while since I posted a picture on the blog. January is a good time to get back on track! A few weeks ago during a walk I passed this classic, a Dutch manufacturer, world famous, the DAF! With its stepless automatic gearbox, just as fast forward as reverse! And now yourself, cool appearance in this rally version … I spotted the DAF at the Hofdijk.
Just a simple picture of the trees in autumn cover and the already cold light of the setting sun. Autumn and winter are already moving towards each other! Tomorrow the start of a new week, the monday, stay safe and have fun!
A photo from the old entry gate Delftse Poort dates from a while back >>. There this lion stands / rests. Quote on the statue: “This lion, which flanked Rotterdam’s coat of arms on the north side of the Delftse Poort, has been lost for years and was found in Blaricum by members of the Nieuwskelder. after which it was located in the facade of building no. 65 A on the Coolsingel in Rotterdam for years. ” Now it has his place besides the model of the Delftse Poort.
It is now Friday, almost weekend, and the lion is sleeping this weekend … Have a great weekend everyone!
This mural is almost hidden in a narrow passage from the street to a courtyard. If you walk a little too fast or you look at your phone for too long, you have missed a nice piece of art! Location: Bredestraathof…
I photographed this storefront while traveling by tram. Located on Schiedamseweg, close to Delfshaven, you will still find an old facade of the De Gruyter retail chain here. Founded in 1818 (!) And overtaken by time and new trends in 1971. Other retail chains tried to save it but it was to late … Tomorrow is Monday again, a new week with new photo opportunities! Have fun!
Photographed at the south bank of Rotterdam near the Erasmus bridge. And previously you were shown the right way to the fun things in Rotterdam, but now there is also a sign for the right way to keep your health! Or is it a tourist trap?
The Groothandels building located at Stationsplein, a major reconstruction project just after the second world war. But what really matters in this photo is brasserie Engels, at the bottom right of the photo. Opened in 1884 and at its current location since 1952. The name is still brightly shining but it silently closed during the first Corona lockdown so as not to open anymore …
Rotterdam was rebuilt after the Second World War, many of the first buildings were for trade and the financial world. This is the entrance to one of those buildings located at Westblaak. Made for a good first impression!
I drive past this place almost every day and I always thought to walk there to see for whom or what the memorial plate is. This is the text: “On May 14, 1940, our comrade First Lieutenant Koenders gave his life for the fatherland at this place. In grateful memory, IV battalion, 15 Infantry Regiment and Burgerwacht van Rotterdam”.
Every 4th May, a small wreath and some flowers are laid to commemorate. With only a few people and in the weeks after that no one at all thought about what happened. Almost forgotten.
The world has become smaller with the luxury of traveling by plane, etc., but this year the distances have increased! So not in the holiday traffic jam near Lyon or on the périphérique near Paris. Someone here on the Nieuwe Markt hung these signs as a reference or as a tribute? Not jeu de boules but Jules de boules …
Today, after a short drive, I planned a lunch stop in the Kralingse Bos. A park with a number of windmills. Mill De Lelie is the smallest and the oldest mill. This dates from 1777. Mill De Ster is first mentioned in 1830. The Star burned down in 1865 and 1962 and was completely rebuilt both times. The mills used to grind spices and tobacco. You can find these windmills at the Plaszoom. Worth a visit!
In 2012 I visited the Dutch Photomuseum (Nederlands Fotomuseum) with my family. Through the windows of one of the halls I photographed New York, the hotel with that name, of course, and both the museum and hotel are worth a visit!
Unfortunately I could not make a recording of the day this theme day. Therefore also this time one from archive. Made in 2019 with a film camera, the Nikon F50. It is the Pompenburg park, small but nice. See the shadows of two people? One of them is me!