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Yes sir, I watched one episode. About the world's largest container ship entering Rotterdam Europoort harbour.
 

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A pig snout gin bottle with a prunt or blob seal on the shoulder, bearing the mark of Van Dulken Weiland & Co., Rotterdam.
 

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A pig snout gin bottle with a prunt or blob seal on the shoulder, bearing the mark of Van Dulken Weiland & Co., Rotterdam.
Wow! There were dozens of Genever (Jenever or Dutch Gin) brands because the punters liked a tipple :) All gone, swallowed by large (and cold) brands. Now there's a retreat, small distilleries are becoming 'hip'. Until they are bought by big brands with big money and it starts all over........
 

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You know what’s just the best I think Frans?! 😮 It could be
an older building that’s like a piece of art, which actually has
a piece of art painted on it. Or Steve’s incredible classic gin
bottle that is like a genuine piece of art. Or the modern day
view of all those amazing buildings, and structures that are
like pieces of art there. 🙂

It’s extraordinary to see sir !!!
 

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At least you still have the incredible picture, and I'm sure pictures
of how it was Frans. (y)🙂

Now when you say 'All gone", is it everything that's in the picture?
Can imagine some of it has to be around, right sir?! Or am I wrong?
Love how a lot of the buildings still seem to have that patented cool
look, and style back then, and you would swear were from today !

It's amazing to see that's for sure. Thanks once again !!!
 

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At least you still have the incredible picture, and I'm sure pictures
of how it was Frans. (y)🙂

Now when you say 'All gone", is it everything that's in the picture?
Can imagine some of it has to be around, right sir?! Or am I wrong?
Love how a lot of the buildings still seem to have that patented cool
look, and style back then, and you would swear were from today !

It's amazing to see that's for sure. Thanks once again !!!
No, not all :) But all the houses in the bottom of the picture, the bridges and the two churches are gone. The bridges became a tunnel and the high lifting bridge in the back of the picture is a monument now. The road to that bridge is gone as well.
 

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No, not all :) But all the houses in the bottom of the picture, the bridges and the two churches are gone. The bridges became a tunnel and the high lifting bridge in the back of the picture is a monument now. The road to that bridge is gone as well.
Very cool then Frans, I feel a little better that some of this survived. :)
I know that things can get old, or become outdated, but so much of
that looks, or looked really cool.

It's honestly so interesting seeing, or hearing about how things have
changed over time like this. Can imagine a lot of people hardly know
how everything looked. But thankfully you can look back in time thanks
to phenomenal pics like this ! ;)
 

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That last pic looks like some jaw dropping scene from a James,
Bond movie, or any movie to tell the truth Frans. 🙂😎 Every
detail mesmerizes from the ocean, to the picture perfect canals,
and landscape. Honestly, just the way the ships look, and are
positioned as they come in is epic !

Breathtaking Frans ! 😮
 

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All in the name of progress. Quite a shame as there were some lovely buildings there
The late 80s en early 90s were devastating for Rotterdam. In all aspects. Huge drugs problem, high unemployment, city in debt. There was no money for restoration but houses and offices were still needed. So they knocked them down. And replaced them with hideous and faceless 80s 'architecture' (with some exceptions). Cheap, prefab affairs with lots of gravel concrete façades and too much blue on the woodwork. Now as much as possible is preserved and turned into gems. But for some neighbourhoods it's too late. In fact, the city council has begun to demolish some of those 80s buildings to wipe out the shame.
 

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What I do notice today though Frans, is that it does seem like
you guys have the old mixed with the new in most cases sir. (y)(y)
Almost every time there is something modern, and new, you
can still see the cool older buildings, and structures too. With
some of the pictures you have showed, still showing mostly
classic buldings, and homes. :)
 

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What I do notice today though Frans, is that it does seem like
you guys have the old mixed with the new in most cases sir. (y)(y)
Almost every time there is something modern, and new, you
can still see the cool older buildings, and structures too. With
some of the pictures you have showed, still showing mostly
classic buildings, and homes. :)
That old Holland Amerika Line (HAL) building was saved from demolition 20 years ago (it was abandoned) and is now a hotel, restaurant and contains several bars and a classic barber shop. On top of that, it is declared a historic landmark. It's the Ying to Ellis' Island Yang as many migrants left here for the USA and Canada in the 50s.
 

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That old Holland Amerika Line (HAL) building was saved from demolition 20 years ago (it was abandoned) and is now a hotel, restaurant and contains several bars and a classic barber shop. On top of that, it is declared a historic landmark. It's the Ying to Ellis' Island Yang as many migrants left here for the USA and Canada in the 50s.
Hey neat, kind of thought that had an Ellis Island vibe about it
sir, and wow, what a nice way to repurpose it too. 🙂 People
can still appreciate the history of what the bulding was used
for. But then use, and enjoy the building today also. 😀

Very very cool !
 
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