Local Heart, Global Soul

March 24, 2016

A Seat That Is A Life Saver Whilst You Wait…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Rotterdam’s Historic Tram 10

March 23, 2016

Yeah…It Really IS a “Christmas Tree”… Honest!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We have left Miniworld in Rotterdam and re-joined the Historic Tram 10 that runs around the centre of the city.

Our tickets allow us to hop-on-hop-off during the day and if our friends had not had such a small child and if I had been able to be more mobile, then an early start on this tram would allow for an entire day’s worth of hop-on-hop-off exploring as well as the beautiful tram ride itself.

That surely must be a brilliant idea for any tourist wanting to make the most of their Rotterdam day trip.

Our party of two families have however done our dash for the day and are content to ride around the city at leisure, listening to the commentary and seeing the sights out of the window.

As we pass by an outdoor market I spy a statue that had been on the News some time earlier because of it’s controversial nature: It’s a Christmas statue where Santa is holding a Christmas tree that is rather phallic in appearance. The controversy was that the statue had been moved from several pervious locations in the city after upset residents made successful petitions to get it removed. The short of it was that no one wanted it in their neighbourhood and I’m not even certain if it will be staying long in this spot either. The other statues I spotted during our tram ride were without controversy and only drew viewing pleasure… depending on if you like modern art at all.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Rotterdam’s Historic Tram 10

March 16, 2016

Some Of The “Older Generation” Survive…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Rotterdam’s Historic Tram 10 tour takes passengers through various central city neighbourhoods and of course many of them feature modern styles of architecture because so much of the city had been decimated during the Second World War.

Some pockets of older buildings did however survive, and it’s these that feature in my post today.

Regular readers will know how much I love older styles of architecture so if I had to choose a favourite it would be the brick one near the end of the photo series that features a café with red awnings on the ground floor.

The building also features an attic corner flat-topped turret.. and who wouldn’t like a turret like this in their home (ok… or is this just me?).

It has a good view of life going by below, lovely windows around it that must let in sunlight all day and be a fabulous spot to read .. or in my present state, sleep.

In fact I sleep so much that we have a “day bed” set up at one end of our living room.

It means I can sleep during the day and spend my waking hours with my foot elevated. During school holidays I generally have to evict one or other of the kids so that I can use it and it’s functional enough but wow, a spot like this turret would make the many hours of being stuck at home a bit more bearable. I also like the brickwork detail on many of the older buildings, things like the “stripe” patterns by having yellow bricks, or white painted ones in some instances. There are archway details, rooftop ones, beautiful balconies and classic proportions. What’s not to like?…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 15, 2016

Interesting Forms On The Street…

Last summer our friends organised a Thank You weekend for us for help we had been giving them. On the Saturday we find ourselves on  Rotterdam’s Historic Tram 10 touring the centre of the city. One building we pass by has an interesting statue in front of it that draws our attention…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 13, 2016

This 1930’s Beauty Never Looked So Georgous…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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