Rotterdam Pride 2019, House of Colours

I took this colourful picture at the Coolsingel in the centre of our city. Its a shop window of the Bijenkorf, a big department store. 22-29 September 2019 is Rotterdam host to Rotterdam Pride, House of Colours. There’s plenty to see and attend. The 28th of september the streets of Rotterdam will light up with al the colours of the Rainbow with the Pride Walk. Many (Pride) shop windows will show their colours and many more events. More info here >>

Stolpersteine, stumble stones, Jewish victims of WWII remembered

About 300 of these stones – Stolpersteine or stumble stones, a project of the German artist Gunter Demnig – are placed in the pavement in front of the houses where the Jewish victims used to live in Rotterdam. Most of these victims were deported to camps as Auschwitz, Sobibor, Bergen-Belsen or Mauthausen. I photographed these stones in the pavement of the Goudsesingel, not far from where I live.

P.S. About 61.000 of these stones spread over 22 countries are placed. All bear the names of Jewish victims. Here you can find a list of the stones in Rotterdam >>

This building started the rise of skyscrapers in Rotterdam

Between 1973 and 1976 this building was build. Architect Piet Zanstra designed it for the Shell Pensioenfonds whom rented it to the Shell Cooperation. 95 Meters high, 26 floors and a parking for 306 cars. After completion in 1976 criticism was fierce and the council decided a stop for building this kind of high buildings. Not for long though and Rotterdam is now renown for the (high) architecture, nickname ‘Manhattan aan de Maas’ (Manhattan along the river Maas).

September 1st theme day “Red”

Today is themeday for the City Daily Photo community and the theme of september is red. Red for dangerous driving! This car seems to crash trough the wall of this parking garage, so fit for theme day! But nothing serious though, its a ‘popart’ thing hanging on since 1987. Made by artgroup Kunst & Vaarwerk 1979-1992.

Rotterdam Centraal stairs going up and down

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Rotterdam Centraal stairs going up and down
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Rotterdam Centraal stairs going up and down

I took this picture a few days ago, the stairs up to the square in front of Rotterdam Centraal, the public transport hub of Rotterdam. Trains, metro, busses and trams, all there to find. Last days of the summer holidays so still no crowds! I like the tranquility here. Have a nice weekend all!

P.S. And I know, stairs are going down too, to the metro and train platforms 🙂

A shipbuilder on city hall?

Rotterdam Daily Photo: A shipbuilder on city hall?
Rotterdam Daily Photo: A shipbuilder on city hall?

Looking up to our city hall, build between 1914 – 1920 and a survivor of the bombardments in 1940 by the German Luftwaffe, there a many figures and one of them looks to me to be a dockworker or shipbuilder from the past…

Evening reflection

Passing by this building and did like the reflection and the big anchor – harbour days 6-8 september 2019 here in Rotterdam.

Using public transport, the tram

Busy day at work today, but you can still enjoy the vacation vibe as seen in this picture. Almost nobody aboard of this tram at tramstop Spangen…

Almost end of august, 2nd heat wave…

The sky is spotless the last four days due to the second heat wave here in the Netherlands. Living in the city in these heat, 32C, is not my cup of tea. But the weather forecast is positive, in two days temperature will go down and thunder and rain replace the sun and blue sky… I made this picture in the Central Post District near Rotterdam Central Station, worth a visit!

A good morning view from the Luchtsingel

This morning I walked to work over the Luchtsingel. Originally a city initiative (stadsinitiatief) the Luchtsingel connects Rotterdam North to the center. Its a wooden pedestrian bridge of 390 meters long and has connections by stairs to a small park Pompenburg and the Schieblock, a building occupied by small businessprojects, the Hofbogen and the Hofplein. The Luchtsingel was opened in june 2015 and is populair by tourist and citizens alike!

Free street library

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Free street library
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Free street library

In my street in the Agniese buurt we’ve got a free street / neighbourhood library. You can take a book out or put a book(s) in and its free to read!  I think thats great! And its weekend with a very sunny and lazy sunday, perfect for reading! Have a nice sunday too!

Oostplein metro, remember the marines 1940

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Oostplein metro, remember the marines 1940
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Oostplein metro, remember the marines 1940

This is de entrance to the Metro station Oostplein. Here stood in May 1940 the barracks of the marines. Rotterdam and the marines are for always connected because of the fighting in May 1940, a fierce battle against the German invasion forces only to end because of the bombardment of Rotterdam destroying the inner old city. This is a piece of the main entrance to the barracks plus a stone dating from 1783. The marine corps date back to 1665 and are stationed in Rotterdam since 1869.

Luchtpark or park in the air…

The “Luchtpark” or park in the air… A old railway track 2 km long is being transformed into a area with greenery and terraces etc. Now its just a small piece but plans for the next stage are made.

Last harbour for these party ships

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Last harbour for these party ships
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Last harbour for these party ships

These ships enclosed in this ‘harbour’ are about to make their last voyage. They used to be a restaurant and party ship but are closed for years now. A chess club were the last occupants but a leak almost sunk the ships. And now they are to be destroyed…

Rotterdam miniworld…

No, I didn’t fly over Rotterdam but photographed this view in Miniworld! This place is amazing! They build Rotterdam in HO size, a default size for mini railroad tracks and trains. They build the harbors and buildings from Rotterdam in detailled HO formats and all is alive with running trains, trams and a day/night setting. More info on their site: Miniworldrotterdam.com

A bit of the country in the middle of the city!

Rotterdam Daily Photo: A bit of the country in the middle of the city!
Rotterdam Daily Photo: A bit of the country in the middle of the city!

Its almost if you are in the middle of the country but this is also Rotterdam, just by the river Maas! Its a small piece of land, a leftover of building protection against flooding of parts of the city near the Brienenoord bridge, a important bridge for connecting the north and south of the Netherlands…