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…