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Wow, beautiful building, as well as picture Frans ! 😀

Last time we got the other side of the coin which was modern, while
today we get a little more of the traditional side. It's a win win no matter
what you show to us !! 😎😎And have to say this building here today is
incredible, or really incredible. I mean the architecture alone, as well as
shapes are so nice it's not even funny. ..Seriously, it's like a town hall,
meets a cool college, or even castle. But it is, or was actually the cruise
line's buildng right?! ..It's really something to see, and must be a joy
to see every day there.

I'd just be hypnotized by the clock towers every day. 😊Not only seeing
if my watch was on time, but enjoying the fantastic look of those alone !
Man oh man, and they even look like they could be bronze, or copper
by the looks of the neat green. ..Have to thank you for the great pic !!!
Yes, the former head office of the HAL and the place many thousands left for your country to start a new life. In 1993 (after many years of becoming abandoned) turned into Hotel New York. They run a very large terrace which, even on a Tuesday night, was loaded. We had to wait for 30 minutes to get seated. And because of shortage of staff, the restaurant was closed and from 21.00 one third of the terrace wasn't being occupied any more but closed as well. We only went for drinks, if we wanted to have a bite as well we would have to wait longer. There's no sign of our economy declining because of soaring prices (10% inflation now), loaded seafood platters and bottles of wine in coolers like there was no tomorrow ;)
 

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Alright, now that’s just too cool right there finding out about that stream
actually giving the city it’s name like that. (y):) I love finding out about
things like this sir. ;) Always am learning something new every single
day. It’s awesome ! And so is that stream, along with the the entire area
around it. Holy cow, it’s stunning with all of the flowers, and that gate
looks like it’s the portal to somewhere else with the way it’s set up. o_O

Even that epic waterfront bar/old rowing club picture takes our breath
away with that sunset. ..Along with bridge that seems to go off into
the sunset, as well as infinity. ..Yet a couple more shots that really give
us a terrific feel for things over there Frans. THX a bunch for taking, as
well as sharing them with us !!!
The bridge is a gangway to a small jetty. I was lucky again to get that shot. It was a lovely evening I must say!
 

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Taken from the top deck of an eight storey parking garage, both old and new. I hope I don't bore the pants off of you guys with these photos:

 
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I’m with #four here Frans, it’s exhilarating getting the tour of things
there on your end ! :D

Yes, and you said it about the pic too, it’s this spectacular blending
of new, and old all in the one pic. It’s terrific, as well as something I
have noticed in so many of your shots over the years. 🏆 :) There
will be some that show the old style there in Rotterdam. Then some
of the new feel of things, and then one like this where we get the
best of both worlds. ..And honestly, I have no preference either way.
It’s all incredibly cool imho ! :cool:

I mean in the background it’s like a futuristic space city, but then
upfront it feels like we went back in time. Pretty spectacular sir !
Or really spectacular actually. 😊 Thanks so very much just for
thinking to share these with us !!!
 

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Thank you for your kind words my friends. Just recently, our City Council has given the green light to allow for the construction of several additional high rise buildings in and near the city centre. High rise to Dutch and not international standards of course, because they will not exceed 300 meters. From an economic perspective and making Rotterdam even more a metropolitan area this may seem a good step forward. But to those living in housing near these future high rises it's not all that fine and dandy as these buildings will cast a permanent shadow and will block the view forever. So legal battles have already started. I've attended a meeting organised by the City, representatives from the project developers and other stakeholders but those affected by such a high rise (which will be erected some 700 meters from my appartment) were far from happy. To say the least......
 
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The thanks goes to YOU really Frans ! :)

Yes, wow, I can see why you wouldn't be happy with what they are
planning with those larger buildings. There's no doubt that the whole
feel of the area would be changed. From the overall personality, as
well as history, to the views like you said sir. And you have to wonder
why it always seems that towns, or cities find it necessary to always
be changing things right?! I mean the city has been just fine without
those larger building for all these years. But now they want to throw
the whole balance of things off. One can imagine that emotion are
running high.

However at least you are doing something about it, and going to
those meetings like that. (y)(y) I think a lot of times people don't
fight hard enough in instances like this. Or think perhaps someone
else will stand up, but the more people who have their voices heard
the better.

Who knows, maybe a compromise can be made, where they build
the same amount of housing, but in much shorter, as well as a more traditional style. I mean that really could work, plus make everyone
happy. ;)
 

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The Pilgrim Church in Delfshaven (Rotterdam):





The old harbour:



The Henkes distillery, called 'De Ooijevaar' (The Stork), still in operation. Here, among others, jenever (Dutch Gin) is made:



 

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Oh man, we are getting an extra extraordinary treat today to tell the
like Frans ! o_O:D ..In actuality it feels very much like we are taking
a virtual tour. Where no matter where we look, or which direction we
turn, we are seeing something different. Not to mention something
historical, beautiful, cool, or all of the above. 😉 And you know, it
is remarkable enough seeing the style of all the buildings alone sir,
but the mere fact that everything is surrounded by water is simply
astonishing.

I mean not only is it amazing to look at, but the way you guys have
been able to control the water, keep it at bay, AND enjoy it, as well
as it’s beauty is incredible. 🏆 It’s just as impressive as all of these
breathtaking buildings, and homes. Wow, just wow !

Thanks a ton for making it feel like we are there sir !!!
 

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Thanks Tom! We were at a festival yesterday, called 'Kettles on the Quay', celebrating two centuries of food, drink and craft in Delfshaven, which used to be a herring and jenever centre back in the days. The kettles referring to distillery kettles. I had some soup akin the kind that was distributed to the poor in the late Nineteenth century. Just vegetables and potatoes and quite thick but it was tasty (I guess because of the quality of ingredients and the modern preparation method). And so I took the opportunity to take some pictures!
 

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Thanks Tom! We were at a festival yesterday, called 'Kettles on the Quay', celebrating two centuries of food, drink and craft in Delfshaven, which used to be a herring and jenever centre back in the days. The kettles referring to distillery kettles. I had some soup akin the kind that was distributed to the poor in the late Nineteenth century. Just vegetables and potatoes and quite thick but it was tasty (I guess because of the quality of ingredients and the modern preparation method). And so I took the opportunity to take some pictures!

You got it Frans, it sounds like it was a really terrific day, not to mention
a tasty one as well. 🍵 😉 ..Now may I ask?! Is the festival over? Or does
it go all this week too? It sounds like something that could go on for a
long time, and no one would get tired of it. 😀

No matter what, can’t thank you enough for taking the pics for us !!!
 

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You got it Frans, it sounds like it was a really terrific day, not to mention
a tasty one as well. 🍵 😉 ..Now may I ask?! Is the festival over? Or does
it go all this week too? It sounds like something that could go on for a
long time, and no one would get tired of it. 😀

No matter what, can’t thank you enough for taking the pics for us !!!
It was for three days, starting last Friday. There were bands (free podium) and people dressed up in 18th Century garb. It used to be every year but because of COVID, not for the past three years. Lovely weather as well.
 

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It was for three days, starting last Friday. There were bands (free podium) and people dressed up in 18th Century garb. It used to be every year but because of COVID, not for the past three years. Lovely weather as well.
Very nice sir, I can imagine that everyone was just ecstatic to be able
to go to it this year. 😉 It must have felt like maybe the best Kettles on
the Quay ever ! (y)😀 I’m so happy that they decided to hold it again
for everyone this year.

Want to thank you for filling us in on all of it Frans !!!
 

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I’m with Rob Frans, it certainly is fun hanging out with you. 😊

In these pics it feels like we are in the big city, with the first one
almost having a Miami feel to it. 🌴(y)Seriously, between those
futuristic buildings, their reflections within the water, and just the
whole scenic scene, it’s honestly cinematic sir. 😀 To the point
where we are waiting to see a Ferrari pull up right in front of you
from the show Miami Vice. 😎

Hey, and with the second pic, that literally looks like some cool
futuristic windmill. Although, it just might be some modern day
marvel from where you worked right sir?! ..Yowza, yet another
great round of photos Frans ! 😉 Thanks very very much !!!
 

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Hey, and with the second pic, that literally looks like some cool
futuristic windmill. Although, it just might be some modern day
marvel from where you worked right sir?! ..Yowza, yet another
great round of photos Frans ! 😉 Thanks very very much !!!
This is an old mobile grain elevator, essentially a giant vacuum machine that used to move cereal grains to and from larger ships and river barges. In the city of Rotterdam itself there are no more of these kind of activities, bar fruit reefers arriving in Schiedam. I used to work in a different line of work, liquid bulk storage (mineral oils, chemicals, gas and edible oils and fats but with an IT department).
 
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And the nickname for this elevator in Dutch is 'veter', which means 'shoelace'.
 
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This is an old mobile grain elevator, essentially a giant vacuum machine that used to move cereal grains to and from larger ships and river barges. In the city of Rotterdam itself there are no more of these kind of activities, bar fruit reefers arriving in Schiedam. I used to work in a different line of work, liquid bulk storage (mineral oils, chemicals, gas and edible oils and fats but with an IT department).
And the nickname for this elevator in Dutch is 'veter', which means 'shoelace'.
(y)(y) Extremely cool sir ! 😎😎

It’s astounding seeing, as well as learning about machines like this
that were built years ago like this. I’m always amazed the minds that
had to dream all of them up, and also how they genuinely will keep
things going in a city. Or in society to be more accurate actually. And
whether it’s cereal grains, or various liquids as with you sir, it’s all
remarkable imho. 😀

Have to thank you for all of this terrific insight, as well as history,
along with language lessons !!!
 
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