Rotterdam Daily Photo: Strike a pose

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Strike a pose
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Strike a pose

Very early morning, strike a pose, feeling good.

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Blue holidays

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Blue holidays
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Blue holidays

Walking to work I spotted this old blue VW camper. A reminder of some blue holidays?

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Fish Lab

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Fish Lab
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Fish Lab

I walked past this fish shop and thought this fish deserved a photo on the blog! I like the cartoon like design of the fish, do you? Have a nice weekend, back on Monday!

No advertising for the store, just a picture…

Hong Kong Travel

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Hong Kong Travel
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Hong Kong Travel

I passed this travel agency so many times in the last decades and now I stopped and took this picture. Its closed now, due to the restrictions on travel because of Covid but it looks anyway if time stood still for this spot!

If you want to travel and buy your tickets here, you will find this travel agency at the Kruiskade.

Lockdown seats

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Lockdown seats
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Lockdown seats

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 …

Former glory

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Former glory
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Former glory

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.

Hidden art

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Hidden art
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Hidden art

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…

Still life cafe

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Still life cafe
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Still life cafe

A late update but here its is! This afternoon I passed this cafe-restaurant on the Goudsesingel. It seemed full of guests but it turned out to be a still life that was only good for take away orders …

The look of a early shift

Rotterdam Daily Photo: The look of a early shift
Rotterdam Daily Photo: 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

Rotterdam Daily Photo: The never come back line
Rotterdam Daily Photo: 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

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Table for two
Rotterdam Daily Photo: 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

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Greyhound bus on tour
Rotterdam Daily Photo: 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…

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Buy your lottery tickets here...
Rotterdam Daily Photo: 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!

Rotterdam Daily Photo: All eyes on their hair!
Rotterdam Daily Photo: 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

Rotterdam Daily Photo: A school of fish with a sense of fashion
Rotterdam Daily Photo: 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.