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You know Frans, just seeing these pictures makes it
feel like things are normal honestly. (y) The beautiful,
water, along with buildings, and boats make you forget
about things for a minute. Even the fact that this picture
was taken on a sunny day makes things feel better.

Thanks so so much for putting this up Frans !
 

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This store front was discovered during the restoration of this building. It was boarded up with an ugly sign before. It now reads: Butter - Milk - Cheese - Eggs. This was once a traditional shop, way before the coming of supermarkets. It's now occupied by a.......... cheese monger! They had their former shop 100 meters down this street and moved in as soon it was ready. It turned out beautiful but you must like cheese because the smell is overwhelming.

 

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That is extraordinary Frans, and like an honest to goodness
modern day archeological discovery really. 😃😎 I wonder
how long ago that store front was covered up, and also how
long that original store had been there for.🤯It really is so
cool it's not even funny. So now you guys get to enjoy a
vintage storefront, along with cheese ! It's a win win !! 😉

Unbelievable sir. Thanks so much !
 

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That is extraordinary Frans, and like an honest to goodness
modern day archaeological discovery really. 😃😎 I wonder
how long ago that store front was covered up, and also how
long that original store had been there for.🤯It really is so
cool it's not even funny. So now you guys get to enjoy a
vintage store front, along with cheese ! It's a win win !! 😉

Unbelievable sir. Thanks so much !
If I look at the font used I would say the store front originated in the 1920s. As I cannot remember seeing it ever in this state, it must have been covered up in the early 1960s. The whole street is given this treatment now, as soon as property comes available (or the current owner cooperates) it is restored to former glory.
 

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If I look at the font used I would say the store front originated in the 1920s. As I cannot remember seeing it ever in this state, it must have been covered up in the early 1960s. The whole street is given this treatment now, as soon as property comes available (or the current owner cooperates) it is restored to former glory.
Man oh man, that is just amazing Frans ! 😎😯 If it had been from
the 60's, or 50's that would have been surprising enough to people.
However, rediscovering something from the 20's like that is extra
cool ! ..Holy cow, and the entire street is having this done? 😲This
storefront you are showing today, might just be the beginning !!!

Keep us posted if there are any other fantastic discoveries !
 

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Holy cow, and the entire street is having this done?
Yes, the era of shame (the 1980's when many old buidings were either demolished or 'modernised') is being undone.
 

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Yes, the era of shame (the 1980's when many old buidings were either demolished or 'modernised') is being undone.
That is such terrific news Frans, and I remember you mentioning this
a little while back. 😎 It's almost like this awesome awakening where
everyone starts appreciating the past a little more right?! ..Really is just
so neat to hear, and how about the brand new masterpieces like this new
marvel above? 😵 Genuinely seems like something we might see in
Star Wars, or an episode of Star Trek ! Love just the shape of it !!!
 

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Rotterdam is, and always has been a blue collar city. Poverty, unemployment, huge drugs problem in the 90s and wrong decisions by city officials for decades. But that all has changed the past 10 years. The pride is back, lots of entrepreneurship and a new elan. And a Mayor with a firm grasp of what brings progress. Because of that the ball started rolling and the result are these renovation projects. New restaurants (even with Michelin stars) and bars. It’s a nice place to live.
 

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Rotterdam is, and always has been a blue collar city. Poverty, unemployment, huge drugs problem in the 90s and wrong decisions by city officials for decades. But that all has changed the past 10 years. The pride is back, lots of entrepreneurship and a new elan. And a Mayor with a firm grasp of what brings progress. Because of that the ball started rolling and the result are these renovation projects. New restaurants (even with Michelin stars) and bars. It’s a nice place to live.
Sounds incredible Frans, and is so uplifting too. 😀 A lot of times
it seems like once a town, or city goes down a path like that it's
so difficult to bounce back. Or even improve like it seems with
Rotterdam. However, it really seems like a lot of people there have
their heads on straight, and can appreciate the past, and enjoy
today all at once. 🙂

Really appreciate all of the insight about everything sir. Thank you !
 

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That’s a really cool shot too Frans ! 😎 😉 You have
the amazing buildings that seem to go on forever.
Not to mention come in every shape, and size. With
the otherworldly angled one in the back left looking
like a spaceship ! 🚀

Love seeing the trees, and then water right there as
well. I know the engineering you guys have done with
that alone is remarkable ! Thanks again for sharing !!!
 

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The shot is taken from the Central Station Cam. But there's no water Tom, it's all pavement.
 

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The shot is taken from the Central Station Cam. But there's no water Tom, it's all pavement.

😊Oops, my bad there. It looked as if there was water peaking out from
just behind that cool angled building. Or Central Station there sir.

It still looks beautiful though. That's one thing I'm sure of ! 😄
 

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The past two months I have been stationed at a different subsidiary (and the 2 next moths as well). An edible oil storage storage terminal in Vlaardingen, a former fishing village but now the main harbour and jetties are part of the greater Rotterdam port area. And yesterday was their 90th aniversary. Below you see an old steam pump as they were used from the beginning but now replaced by big electric pumps. This one was unveiled yesterday for only a handful because of the current situation.

 

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Well a very Happy Anniversary then Frans ! 😀 (y) Think these are
just as much pieces of art as any other structure, or creation there.
Plus look at the shape it is in, and everything also once again, and
how you guys evidently maintain things. It's pretty incredible to see,
and I bet to experience for everyone there.

Now have to ask you, you were saying this was unveiled yesterday
for a handful of people. Were you guys having a tour? Or ceremony
sir? ..In any case, Happy Anniversary !🙂
 

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Well a very Happy Anniversary then Frans ! 😀 (y) Think these are
just as much pieces of art as any other structure, or creation there.
Plus look at the shape it is in, and everything also once again, and
how you guys evidently maintain things. It's pretty incredible to see,
and I bet to experience for everyone there.

Now have to ask you, you were saying this was unveiled yesterday
for a handful of people. Were you guys having a tour? Or ceremony
sir? ..In any case, Happy Anniversary !🙂
Because of the current situation, everything was kept to a minimum and with ample space between the attendants. I wassn't there myself, I had business to attend to. But once everything has turned back to normal, a big party will be thrown.
 

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Because of the current situation, everything was kept to a minimum and with ample space between the attendants. I wassn't there myself, I had business to attend to. But once everything has turned back to normal, a big party will be thrown.

Very cool news though, and am just glad you guys could actually
do a little something to mark the day, and occasion like that. 🙂😎
Will be a fantastic day when things get back to normal for you down
the road sir. (y)(y) Save me a place at that party ! 😉
 

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WWII Merchant Navy monument:

 

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Old cranes at outdoor museum:

 
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