The look of a early shift

Start of the shift. Carnisselande, line nr. 25, direction Schiebroek. I took this early in the morning. Its fall so dark, lonely and quiet. This place is both a start and end of the line.

P.S. This line runs from Barendrecht to Rotterdam-Schiebroek. So technically Barendrecht but the tram is and goes to Rotterdam, so a bit of artistic freedom!

The never come back line

The never come back line
The never come back line

Almost 30 years ago we celebrated our wedding on these party ships. Abandoned for a few years and poor maintenance were disastrous. The city’s new plans for the site have put the demolition workers to work. The end of the line …

P.S. Almost a year ago I took this picture on the same location >>

Table for two

Spotted this corner with a table for two just beside the train tracks. Maybe for a romantic diner to get your relationship back on track?

Greyhound bus on tour

Greyhound bus on tour
Greyhound bus on tour

Greyhound tourbus, on paper, lifesize and used as background during concerts. After the concert simply folded up and unfolded on the next gig! Kunsthal Rotterdam an art museum, exhibition “A journey into art and music”. Westzeedijk.

Buy your lottery tickets here…

Buy your lottery tickets here...
Buy your lottery tickets here…

A ghostsign to buy your (winning) lottery tickets here… but I’m afraid the prices are already given… way back! Noordmolenstraat.

All eyes on their hair!

All eyes on their hair!
All eyes on their hair!

Just a weird and funny shop window, I like their hair! Seen on the Oostezeedijk.

A school of fish with a sense of fashion

A school of fish with a sense of fashion
A school of fish with a sense of fashion

Windowshopping fish or? Seen at department store the Bijenkorf, Coolsingel.

Cycling routes Rotterdam and beyond

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Cycling routes Rotterdam and beyond
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Cycling routes Rotterdam and beyond

When you visit Rotterdam you should definitely use the bicycle. There are handy signposts everywhere for the best routes in Rotterdam and beyond!

From the archives: Thunderstorm

Rotterdam Daily Photo: From the archives: Thunderstorm
Rotterdam Daily Photo: From the archives: Thunderstorm

During a walk in 2018 on the Noordplein, wind and clouds. There is a thunderstorm approaching!

From the archives: Victor & Rolf fashion artists 25 years exhibition

Rotterdam Daily Photo: From the archives: Victor & Rolf fashion artists 25 years exhibition
Rotterdam Daily Photo: From the archives: Victor & Rolf fashion artists 25 years exhibition

Together with my wife, I visited the exhibition of Victor & Rolf fashion artists 25 years exhibition in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam in 2018. From the very beginning to the most amazing shows, many designs and ‘WEARABLE ART’. I took a photo of a beautiful dress made of recycled material …

Some facts, source website Kunsthal:
FASHION SHOWS OF GREAT SAYING POWER
The Viktor & Rolf fashion shows are like “performances” of great expressiveness. The 1999 Russian Doll show, in which Viktor & Rolf draped nine layers of clothing around just one model, top model Maggie Rizer, makes their international breakthrough. Many other high-profile haute couture shows follow, from which pieces can be seen in the exhibition, including from the collections Bedtime Story (2005), The Fashion Show (2007), NO (2008), Cutting Edge Couture (2010), Red Carpet Dressing (2014), Wearable Art (2015) and Van Gogh Girls (2015), and previously unseen works from the latest collections, Boulevard of Broken Dreams (2017), Action Dolls (2017/18) and Surreal Satin (2018).

Link website Kunsthal >>

From the archives: French grey duck

Rotterdam Daily Photo: From the archives: French grey duck
Rotterdam Daily Photo: From the archives: French grey duck

A few summers back I photographed this car! A very nice French car, a grey duck! Or a socalled Citroën 2CV. During that summer I also drove a gray duck, not this one, but a rented one. Was one of the best road trips ever! Location: Karel Doormanstraat.

From the archives: Streetscene with a Dutch car

From the archives: Streetscene with a Dutch car
From the archives: Streetscene with a Dutch car

I took this one back in 2010. A streetscene with a real Dutch car, the DAF. This car can move forward as fast as it does reverse thanks to its revolutionary stepless transmission. Now a real classic as these cars have not been made for years … Location: Hoogstraat.

Electricity for the neighborhood

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Electricity for the neighborhood
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Electricity for the neighborhood

Now it is normal to turn on a lamp when it gets dark, simply with the push of a button. But not so long ago, not everyone had electricity. This house of the Gemeente Electriciteits Bedrijf (Municipality of Electricity Company) built around the turn of the century made sure that the neighborhood could draw its power! It is still working and neatly maintained at the Noordsingel.

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!

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 …

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

Throwback thursday, a cruiseship named Rotterdam

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Throwback thursday, a cruiseship named Rotterdam
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Throwback thursday, a cruiseship named Rotterdam

A few years ago I visit the former flagship of the Holland America Line, 228 meters long, 28 meters wide, 51 meters high, the ss Rotterdam. Commissioned in 1958 by Queen Juliana she had her maiden trip in 1959. Here is a Youtube link with some footage of this maiden voyage at 3 september 1959. Worth a visit!

Rotterdam by bicycle in one photo

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Rotterdam by bicycle in one photo
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Rotterdam by bicycle in one photo

When you walk through the Delftsestraat you will certainly come across this artwork! There are conveniently placed supports so you can sit on the bike and then take a nice photo of a speed bike ride in Rotterdam!

The end of the line

Rotterdam Daily Photo: The end of the line
Rotterdam Daily Photo: The end of the line

I was on my way to an appointment by bicycle and in the pouring rain when I passed this building located at the Rosestraat. This is the entrance to the former station of the RTM Steam tram services. The starting point at the Rosestraat near the Rotterdam Maas bridges on South Rotterdam, now called Kop van Zuid. The head office of the RTM was also located at Rosestraat. The RTM ran on the following lines: IJsselmonde, Hoeksche Waard, Voorne-Putten, Goeree-Overflakkee, Schouwen-Duiveland and Sint Philipsland… From 1905 the RTM operated the lines to the South Holland Islands and Zeeland. The last tram ran on February 14, 1966.

Confinement, the zoo, who is locked up now?

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, the zoo, who is locked up now?
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, the zoo, who is locked up now?

A nice walk in the morning and I passed the zoo. No one there, the entrances closed, who is actually locked up?

Confinement, narrow street with heavenly view

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, narrow street with heavenly view
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, narrow street with heavenly view

A silent street, modern buildings, a just post-war office building at the right… And at the end of this narrow canyon like street, the middle ages with the big Laurenskerk. A heavenly view…

Confinement, springtime and Easter

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, springtime and Easter
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, springtime and Easter

A springtime picture, taken in the Kralingse Bos. Take care and enjoy as much as you can the Easter days (Paasdagen). Stay safe!

Confinement, the starting point to steer safely into Rotterdam

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, the starting point to steer safely into Rotterdam
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, the starting point to steer safely into Rotterdam

This lighthouse used to steer ships safely into the port of Rotterdam, but today it is the striking starting point for a visit to the Maritime Museum Harbor, right in the heart of the port city. The name of the lighthouse is: “Het Lage Licht” (The Low Light). Build as one of the first lighthouses of Hoek van Holland, the “low” light, was placed during the construction of the Nieuwe Waterweg (1866-1886). The Low Light goes out in 1967 and moves to the head of the Leuvehaven in Rotterdam about ten years later. In 1990 the lighthouse is moved to where it now stands, near the Maritime Museum.

Confinement: this used to be a slaughterhouse

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement: this used to be a slaughterhouse
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement: this used to be a slaughterhouse

A few days back I photographed this nice house. You would not think of this as part of a slaughterhouse! But until early 1981, this house was part of the Rotterdam Public Slaughterhouse on the Crooswijkse Boezemstraat. This slaughterhouse was opened on May 1, 1883. Nowadays there are blocks of houses on the site and the former offices have been converted into houses and a restaurant!

Confinement, the lost tapes

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, the lost tapes
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, the lost tapes

I missed playing tapes in my car while driving through Rotterdam or the country. So I bought a new old stock radio cassette original to my car dating from 1997 and replace the radio CD player. What can I say, maybe I’m stuck in the past, maybe its the memories. But I’m planning to drive a lot when everything returns to normal. These are a few cassette tapes I still got at home, how big is your collection?

Confinement, shore leave withdrawn

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, shore leave withdrawn
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, shore leave withdrawn

While waiting for a traffic light we spotted this ship – or a shipbuilding – home of a fish shop. You don’t see this everyday while driving! Location: Spaanse polder.

Confinement, dark days

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, dark days
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, dark days

This photo was taken by the shop assistant of the flowershop who created this flower arrangement. Made for Theo, my father in law. Unfortunately, he no longer had the strength to overcome the latest crisis. Hero.

The flipside of three of the oldest houses in the city

Rotterdam Daily Photo: The flipside of three of the oldest houses in the city
Rotterdam Daily Photo: The flipside of three of the oldest houses in the city

I photographed the front of the houses a few weeks ago, now its time for the flipside…

Confinement flowers

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement flowers
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement flowers

This picture is taken at our home. Because of certain measures we got to stay home as much as possible. The flowers add some color to sometimes grey days.

Spot Batman

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Spot Batman
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Spot Batman

Somewhere in this image flies a lonely bat, can you spot him? Taken from the window of my house. Every evening around sunset a few small bats fly by looking for diner! Bats love Rotterdam! Its one of the largest bat reserves in the Netherlands! Why so much in the city and not in the forest? There are 22 species of bats and 10 of them live in Rotterdam. A big, stony city like Rotterdam makes it easy for bats to stay. There are also many in the parks in the city. Good for insect control! From March they fly off and on again!

Its a wrap!

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Its a wrap!
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Its a wrap!

Because of Corona and continuous duty at work I couldn’t and can’t easily take a daily photo, hence the occasional “golden old man” …

March 28, 2007, Its the year of the architecture in Rotterdam. Chosen buildings are wrapped in purple to let them jump out in the surroundings and as a festive wrapping! Location, the Overblaak, the Kubus appartments!

ZOHO, Urban development; slow urbanism

Rotterdam Daily Photo: ZOHO, Urban development; slow urbanism
Rotterdam Daily Photo: ZOHO, Urban development; slow urbanism

Near where I live you can find this building and area;
“ZOHO is a living and working area on the edge of the center, a 5-minute walk from Central Station. For and by makers in design, art, culture, media, tech, food, architecture and urban planning. All pioneers who want to use their craftsmanship to strengthen themselves, ZOHO and the city in an innovative way. Sandwiched between Heer Bokelweg, Hofbogen, Teilingerstraat and Noordsingel, also known as the Zomerhofkwartier, this former industrial area was struggling with vacant space. In 2013, it was decided that the area will be developed for 10 years through a gradual form of urban development; slow urbanism.”

I do like it, in a next post I will show the urban landscape in that neighborhood!

Black and white throwback, sunny tracks

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Black and white throwback, sunny tracks
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Black and white throwback, sunny tracks

Taken in March 2018. View from the drivers seat of the tram, line number 7, at Willemsplein.

For the good cause

Rotterdam Daily Photo: For the good cause
Rotterdam Daily Photo: For the good cause

Is this also Rotterdam? Sure! This container is very important because if you still have clothing, shoes or other textiles that you no longer wear, but it is still good to wear further, put this stuff in this collection container. Everything is then sorted and then passed on to the people who need clothing or shoes! Isn’t that beautiful !?

Art on the ceiling, Cornucopia

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Art on the ceiling, Cornucopia
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Art on the ceiling, Cornucopia

I had already shown the outside but this is the ceiling of the Market Hall, Grote Markt. An artwork of 11,000 m² (two football fields) by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam, entitled Cornucopia (Hoorn des Overvloeds).

Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud appreciated him

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud appreciated him
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud appreciated him

There’s a big storm now over the Netherlands so I stayed indoors and instead of a photo of rain and clouds a cultural fact! After the lamppost that gave a twist to the street, I came across this portrait of a famous Dutch writer, Multatuli, a pseudonym for Eduard Douwes Dekker. Above the portrait a known quote: Van de maan af gezien zijn we allen even groot… (translated: Seen from the moon, we are all the same size). He lived from 1820-1887. He was read internationally, with fame in Indonesia and the Soviet Union. But especially in Germany: much of his work was translated into German around 1900-1910, and this was a source of inspiration for the feminist movement there. Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud appreciated him, and even attempted to read it in Dutch! Again, you can find this portrait on the wall in the Van Oldenbarneveltstraat

Source: Wikipedia.