Urban garden

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Urban garden
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Urban garden

In the city you also have a lot of greenery, parks, trees in the street, gardens etc. But even if you don’t have a garden but a balcony, you can still start a mini garden, a real urban garden!

Back to the other end

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Back to the other end
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Back to the other end

This is the end of the line or the beginning? Depends on where you want to go 🙂 This is the tramstop De Esch, tramlines 21 or 24, the start or the final stop, you may decide!

P.S. Yes another tram photo, you have to follow my tracks…

The best of two seasons

Rotterdam Daily Photo: The best of two seasons
Rotterdam Daily Photo: The best of two seasons

Do you remember when I showed this picture? November 2019, autumn, towards winter. Now the spring version of this place! Do you agree with both seasons, in terms of light and color?

Red dot on white, streetart

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Red dot on white, streetart
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Red dot on white, streetart

When you walk towards the train station Rotterdam Central via the Delftsestraat you pass a side street, the Delftsehof, where I saw this small sculpture. A little color between all that gray, white and beige!

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.

Throwback thursday, the Beagle has landed

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Throwback thursday, the Beagle has landed
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Throwback thursday, the Beagle has landed

Again, one from the archives. Taken in 2010 at Blijdorp Zoo. An impression of the ship the Beagle with which from 1831 Darwin studied local animals, plants, fossils and geology in, among others, South America, Australia, the south of Africa and various island groups in the Pacific and Indian Ocean. In the cabinet you can open the drawers and see examples of specimens he studied. Recommended when you visit Rotterdam!

Quickly past Erasmus

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Quickly past Erasmus
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Quickly past Erasmus

Quiet roads and streets so briefly stopped when passing the Erasmus University to take a picture! Built in (typical concrete style, brutalism) 1973 but established in 1913. Location; Burgemeester Oudlaan…

This bank welcomes you!

Rotterdam Daily Photo: This bank welcomes you!
Rotterdam Daily Photo: This bank welcomes you!

Yes, I know, almost every bank welcomes you! But this one welcomes you as a person not for your money! You want to try this bank? Go to the Kerkhoflaan (Graveyard avenue, whats in a name…) and take a seat…

P.S. Is a bank: a. bench b. bank c. sofa?

Geometric windows

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Geometric windows
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Geometric windows

I liked these windows on a old building located at Noordplein. So here’s a picture of them!

Ghostsign 1

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Ghostsign 1
Rotterdam Daily Photo: 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.

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.

Now and before

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Now and before
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Now and before

Not so long ago I took this picture, lights, people and fun. Now this same square is empty. Its spring and the sun is there. Maybe in the near future there will be lights, people and fun again!

A walk in the sun, everything seems to be in shipshape

Rotterdam Daily Photo: A walk in the sun, everything seems to be in shipshape
Rotterdam Daily Photo: A walk in the sun, everything seems to be in shipshape

A nice walk brought us back to the Oude Haven with its slipway for historic ships.

A monument where this humanist was born

Rotterdam Daily Photo: A monument where this humanist was born
Rotterdam Daily Photo: A monument where this humanist was born

When you come to visit Rotterdam you will often come across the name Erasmus. He was a Dutch priest, Augustinian canon, theologian, philosopher, writer and humanist. Born in Rotterdam around 1466 and known for books such as “Lof der Zotheid (Praise of Folly)” and the bilingual edition of the New Testament and his edition of the letters of the church father Hiëronymus. Two motives determine Erasmus’s philosophy: freedom of people and peace. In Rotterdam you can find schools, a hospital and streets named after him. The picture you see here is of a monument on the spot of where the birthplace of Erasmus was. Near the Laurenskerk in the centre of Rotterdam.

Public transport is still running remotely for any distance …

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Public transport is still running remotely for any distance ...
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Public transport is still running remotely for any distance …

The tram still runs, but really only for really necessary travel. On the door on the right you will see a sticker saying “keep 1.5 meters away!”. Spring has never been so beautiful and strange.

Confinement, Throwback Thursday

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, Throwback Thursday
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, Throwback Thursday

This thursday a picture from the past! Taken in August 2007, with a Blackberry phone. The city center and the biggest market of Rotterdam. Those were the times…

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, the destroyed city

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, the destroyed city
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, the destroyed city

This statue is called “De Verwoeste Stad” (the destroyed city), an statue that Ossip Zadkine made in response to the bombing of Rotterdam. It was unveiled on May 15, 1953 and is located on Plein 1940, on the Leuvehaven, next to the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam. The statue is a national monument. Zadkine got the inspiration for this statue while traveling by train. When the train passed through Rotterdam he saw the destroyed and empty center of the city. The statue is made of bronze and represents a human figure without a heart, symbolizing the heart of Rotterdam that was lost during the bombardment in May 1940.

Confinement, this entrance to the town hall is behind bars

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, this entrance to the town hall is behind bars
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, this entrance to the town hall is behind bars

A stroll in the evening took me past the town hall. I liked the carved stone coat of arms and so you can enjoy it too! You can find this entrance at the Doelwater…

Confinement, the sunny stairs of the street

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, the sunny stairs of the street
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, the sunny stairs of the street

This day just a sunny picture of the stairs connecting the Schiedamsedijk to the Schiedamse Vest. You can just see the cranes at the quays of Leuvehaven.

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, a traditional Russian Orthodox church in Rotterdam

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, a traditional Russian Orthodox church in Rotterdam
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, a traditional Russian Orthodox church in Rotterdam

Is this also Rotterdam or a small village in Russia? This is the Kerk van de Heilige rechtgelovige grootvorst Alexander Nevski (Church of the Holy Believing Grand Duchess Alexander Nevsky). A Russian Orthodox church building at the Schiedamsesingel in Rotterdam. The church is the first traditional Russian Orthodox church in the Netherlands.  The building seems to have been there for years with the authentic appearance but is not that old at all! On September 19, 2002, the first stake was driven into the ground and the church was inaugurated on June 20, 2004…

Confinement, a bridge between old and new

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, a bridge between old and new
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, a bridge between old and new

A sunny morning. A moment to reflect. A bridge between old and new, the Regentessebrug. Location; the Wijnhaven.

P.S. The bridge is also known as the Vierleeuwenbrug (four lions bridge). This is in response to the four seated lions carved from natural stone who “guard” the corners of the bridge.

Confinement, a monument to a sailor

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, a monument to a sailor
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, a monument to a sailor

Not many people on the street but I met this person, Karel Willem Frederik Marie Doorman. He was a Dutch rear admiral in WWII. The English name for his rank is Rear Admiral. Known to the Allies as Admiral Doorman. Doorman died during the Battle of the Java Sea aboard the light cruiser De Ruyter. To commemorate him the Dutch Royal Navy, named a ship after him, four times, in 1946, 1948, 1991 and 2015.

Note: K. Doorman, Utrecht, April 23, 1889 – Javazee, February 28, 1942. 

Confinement, cinema landscape

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, cinema landscape
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, cinema landscape

I took this picture a few days ago while on a (photo)walk. This square houses a big cinema (the tall white building), a theatre and a few appartment buildings, its the Schouwburgplein. I liked the lines of the buildings and the red (moving) arm of a spotlight, one of three of these spotlights. For now, the square is empty just as the cinema and theatre…

Confinement, Monument to all fallen 1940-1945

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, Monument to all fallen 1940-1945
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, Monument to all fallen 1940-1945

I photographed this square before and from a different angle. These days its empty but now I could take a picture of this monument; It commemorates all Rotterdam men and women who gave their lives in World War II in the struggle for liberation of the Netherlands. The monument of Mari Andriessen was unveiled on May 4, 1957 by Princess Wilhelmina on the Stadhuisplein. The bronze artwork consists of four persons: a woman looking back, a child and a man looking at each other and a man with a spade looking forward. The figures symbolize the connection between past and future: the suffering from the past and confidence in the future.

May 4, it will be 75 years since the Netherlands was liberated. This year it is celebrated (too) quietly and commemorated due to circumstances. But we should never forget it …

Source details monument: Wikipedia

Confinement, all roads lead to Rotterdam

You can find this signpost on the Coolsingel. And as you can see, all roads lead to Rotterdam …

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 Groothandelsgebouw

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, the Groothandelsgebouw
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Confinement, the Groothandelsgebouw

Its was after the war, Rotterdam was bombed, many buildings gone and Rotterdam had to build themselves up from the ashes. This building, the Groothandelsgebouw (building for wholesale) was realised between 1947 – 1953. The building was officially opened on 3 June 1953 by Queen Juliana. At the opening, this was the largest building in Europe and the largest multi-company building in the Netherlands. In 2020, the Groot Handelsgebouw is home to more than 400 companies and 2 innovative office concepts (Retail and Cambridge Innovation Center).