Closed in silence

Closed in silence
Closed in silence

The Groothandels building located at Stationsplein, a major reconstruction project just after the second world war. But what really matters in this photo is brasserie Engels, at the bottom right of the photo. Opened in 1884 and at its current location since 1952. The name is still brightly shining but it silently closed during the first Corona lockdown so as not to open anymore …

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?

From the archives: telephones on a bridge

Rotterdam Daily Photo: From the archives: telephones on a bridge
Rotterdam Daily Photo: From the archives: telephones on a bridge

Back in 2011 I visited the S.S. Rotterdam, see this picture also. On the bridge these phones took care of the important communication to the rest of the ship! Only local, not long distance…

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!

Just a block away, Gare du Nord

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Just a block away, Gare du Nord
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Just a block away, Gare du Nord

Not far from where I live is an old train wagon, a buffet wagon, which has now reached the end of its journey in the so-called ZOHO quarter*. Nowadays its a vega restaurant called Gare du Nord! The restaurant cooks sustainable organic food as much as possible and cooks 100% vegetable. I haven’t tried it yet, but I particularly like the train carriage! You can find the restaurant in the Anthoniestraat. I took the photo a while ago on black and white film and I like the result. Now I have to go, you guessed it, I have to catch the train!

*ZoHo is a new part of town where creative people with different life activities take care of the development of this area.

Night on the town

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Night on the town
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Night on the town

This is the Stadhuisplein (Cityhall square) right in front of the cityhall. Its free of traffic and has many cafes and restaurants and is popular with tourists and locals alike! And if there is a big victory of one of the local footballclubs thousands of people celebrate here. I didn’t spend the evening here, I just shot this photo for you and went home to put in on the blog…

La vita e bella in Rotterdam

Rotterdam Daily Photo: La vita e bella in Rotterdam
Rotterdam Daily Photo: La vita e bella in Rotterdam

Everytime I pass this restaurant Due Tonino, located at the Goudsesingel, I think to myself “I have to go there and taste the Italian life”. To this day its has not happened but this evening I took this picture to keep the flame of desire alive. And you can be sure that I’ll you know when I’ve been there!

Every Day Hot?

I liked the look of this restaurant or actually two restaurants because one is where you can eat the Hot dishes and the other one the (every) Day dishes. I’ve not tried it myself yet but by the looks of it I think it will be tasty!

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…