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March 25, 2016

Leaving Rotterdam Because Our Ship Has Sailed…

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Before we leave the Willemsplein on the Nieuwe Maas there is one thing we are waiting to see.

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, our location is opposite the Rotterdam Cruise terminal: and we are just in time to see one of the big cruise ships leave the harbour.

People start to gather around us on the water front, the departing ship sounds it’s horn in long blasts and the other cruise ship in front of it responds with long blasts of it’s own horn.

Slowly the ship at the rear eases out of it’s berth and into the main part of the river, we can see many of the passengers lined up on the upper decks waving and taking photographs as the ship leaves port.

The boys in our two families wave back, it is getting late in the afternoon so light is slowly fading but there is a sense of excitement and drama with both with children and adults as this huge ships leaves port with it’s traditional send off.

As the ship moves out into the distance it’s wake churns up the river and bounces the water taxi’s around on the water. Little Mr took all of the photographs in this post whilst I concentrated on getting some video clips…

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March 24, 2016

A Seat That Is A Life Saver Whilst You Wait…

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Rotterdam’s  Historic Tram 10 brings us back to our starting point:  The Willemsplein  opposite the Rotterdam Cruise terminal on the Nieuwe Maas River. Looking around I find yet another quirky find: a seating area made out of piles of life jackets. This is the waiting area for passengers who have signed up to a tour on the river… and I think that it is a most appropriate way to recycle one thing into another.

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Rotterdam’s Historic Tram 10

March 20, 2016

This Mini Port Shows How The Maxi One Works…

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Miniworld in Rotterdam gives a lot of information about the models on show, from the information boards I learn:
The Betuweroute is a 160 km long, double track freight railway from Rotterdam to Germany.

The Betuweroute was opened in 2007, creating a non-stop connection to the European hinterland. Built out of economic necessity after roads and waterways became too crowded, the Betuweroute was also necessary after the expanded building of the Maasvlakte 2 in the Rotterdam port area where a larger volume of bigger cargo ships can offload their cargo.

About 80% of the Betuweroute trains are electric and the objective is to switch them to renewable energy as soon as possible.
In Rotterdam’s Dray Bulk Terminal you can find big harbour cranes with large shell grabs, big enough to fit two vans into easily. These grabs haul tons of coal and iron ore out of ocean going ships, some of which can be over 300 meters long.

The dry bulk is stored in huge piles on site and if necessary these materials can be washed, screened or blended.
To transport dry bulk goods to into the rest of Europe by train or ship, the Europees Massagoed-Overslagbedrijf (also known as EMO) has many different wagonloaders situated on the quay precisely for this purpose.

The deep sea ship loader has a capacity of 6,000 ton per hour, which is six million kilos per hour!
Pumping station Lely was built in 1928-1929 at the Wieringermeerdijk. The building is made of reinforced concrete, and seamlessly reflects the architectural movement of New Objectivity by the cubical forms in white concrete constructions.

Still in use today, the pumping station keeps the Wieringermeer dry and is named after Cornelis Lely, the initiator of the Zuiderzee works. At the border of Hooghburgt there is a second pumping station with duplicate architecture as the Lely.

Wind turbines convert the energy of the wind in a rotating motion which is then used by a generator to generate electricity. They also have an industrial function, controlling pumping stations.

There are two types of wind turbines: the horizontal-axis wind turbine which is used the most because it starts automatically as soon as there is enough wind and the vertical-axis wind turbine which is dependent on the wind direction.

These models give visitors and especially kids a good idea about how the port of Rotterdam works and how goods are transferred from the port to other destinations around Europe. As with all of the models here the level of detail has to be seen in person to be believed… Of course keeping kids interested in the exhibit is helped by the inclusion of more “accidents”, the biggest one in this section is a “fire” in one of the warehouse buildings. Little Mr wasn’t the only one who was clearly besotted by this either, I saw many kids excitedly discussing the details of the fire engine, firemen, the ladders and the entire scene. Little Mr even came over to me to make certain that I got “really good photographs” of this… gotta get your priorities right!

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March 12, 2016

Waiting By The Harbour Watching The World Go By…

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Last summer good friends of ours treated us to an unusual weekend away.

It was a “Thank You” gift for help given earlier and whilst no Thanks was necessary, it was a wonderful surprise.

We all left home on the Friday night, our destination a surprise until the last moment and then came the quirky bit that everyone loved, their accommodation in Vlaadingen’s “De Vreemde Vogel” (The Strange Bird) was in a “bird house” and ours was in a “rocket”!

Saturday morning found us up bright and early and bought to a destination by the water front in Rotterdam, where we are to wait for yet another surprise.

Having arrived early we have a little bit of time to spare so I’ve been busy photographing the surroundings.

We are on the Willemsplein by the Erasmusbrug that crosses this part of the Nieuwe Maas (river) and almost directly opposite the Rotterdam Cruise Terminal.

We smile at the Japanese tourists taking photographs of themselves with the bikes they have just rented from the cycle hire company under the bridge and later watch them wobble with semi confidence away for their tour of the city.

Luckily they will be safe enough since the majority of all cycle paths are segregated from the roads in the Netherlands. The weather is wonderful and the kids are having a great time running around whilst we people watch around us. River traffic is busy as usual, there are a constant stream of boats of all shapes, speeds and sizes going past us, so all in all it’s a lovely place to wait for our next surprise.

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De Vreemde Vogel / The Strange Bird

March 11, 2016

Two Wheels That Take You Straight Back To Your Inner Child…

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The next thing to catch our attention on the waterfront in Rotterdam are these (I think colleagues, on a teambuilding exercise) They are having a lesson in how to manoeuvre their adult sized scooters (In Dutch they are called a “Step”) before setting out … I assume for a tour of the city. One man comes close to where we are waiting and I ask if I can get a close-up photograph. He is happy to oblige. I hope they had fun on these cool machines…

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Oops, I appear to have accidently increased the font and photo size. I am working on getting it back to the old size a.s.a.p.

 

March 10, 2016

No More Flying For These Blades…

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On our weekend away last summer, we headed into Rotterdam with friends and parked close to (one section) of the harbour.

Actually the harbour is so big that it’s probably more accurate to say that we stopped by the waterfront.

There is plenty of action, several massive cruise ships dock on the other side of the waterway, small tour boats and ferries mingle with large ships going by, and there are people going about their business and other people like us watching other people going about their business.

One of the things that catches our attention are the seats in the form of huge propeller blades.

It wasn’t only the kids from our two families that wanted desperately to clamber over these, other families, and especially children gravitated to these like bees to honey and almost all of them tried to do exactly the same thing: they tried to walk the entire length of the seats without falling off anywhere along the route.

I suppose these are like low walls to a child, they have to be scaled and conquered, it’s a kid magnet and they are metal filings drawn innately to the siren call to scramble up and walk along, arms outstretched for balance. As soon as time grew short or parental patience wore thin, various sets of children were recalled from their fun and duly went on their way. The propeller seats are a wonderful idea. Closer to the waters edge the seats are more utilitarian but form and feature still rule: these more “grown up” versions face first the water and then away from it. Maybe that can be taken to mean that Life is more black and white in adulthood… or just that seats ned to be more functional near water. Who knows, but all of our kids loved playing on both…

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