HomeAbout MeBlogTestimonialsContact Me
Inkyworld
Visions on Inequality
Inspired by the News
Inspirational People
Sightlines
Being Me
Oddities
Reviews
Breaking Down The Barriers (Places Providing Support)
Social Creatives
June, 2014
July, 2014
August, 2014
September, 2014
October, 2014
November, 2014
December, 2014
January, 2015
February, 2015
March, 2015
April, 2015
May, 2015
June, 2015
July, 2015
August, 2015
September, 2015
October, 2015
November, 2015
December, 2015
January, 2016
February, 2016
March, 2016
April, 2016
May, 2016
June, 2016
July, 2016
August, 2016
September, 2016
October, 2016
November, 2016
December, 2016
January, 2017
February, 2017
March, 2017
April, 2017
June, 2017
July, 2017
August, 2017
September, 2017
October, 2017
November, 2017
December, 2017
January, 2018
February, 2018
March, 2018
May, 2018
July, 2018
August, 2018
September, 2018
Landmarks And Story Trails (Or How A Picture Can Paint A Thousand Memories)
I was talking to one of my friends on Twitter about a project that a mutual friend of ours has got going on in connection with something they are doing when I was reminded of one of my favourite photos.  I was going to put a tag-line on it and share it as part of the project but I decided it sounded too much like hard work.

Unfortunately you will have to look at my Twitter profile to see the photo I wanted to use (it is my header).  However, I have put a different photo of the same building below;



The tagline I was going to put on it was something along the lines of "No matter how weird you look you are still one of us"!

The ironic thing is the photo is of one of my three favourite buildings from my childhood.  Not only is it the only building on the Rotterdam "Tourist Trail" which I actually like - it is the only one of my three favourite buildings left standing in its original state - at least it was the last time I saw it earlier this year.  (Yes - people do live in those flats.)

If you want to see those flats in real life I would suggest you catch a Metro Train (sorry - Underground or Subway Train) from Rotterdam Central Station to Rotterdam Blaak station.  Go out of the station so you are on a big plaza type space then look up.

(In case you are wondering what my other two favourite buildings are - or rather were - one was the first block of flats my Oma used to live in on the outskirts of Rotterdam and the other one was a farmhouse which one of my Mum's aunts lived in approx 10 minutes from Rotterdam city centre by car.  The farmhouse was demolished and replaced with a hotel.)

It got me thinking about landmarks and buildings which have meanings for me.  (By the way - my version of a landmark may not quite meet your definition of the same thing.)

Forget well-known buildings - my landmarks more consist of petrol stations, bridges, pubs, etc,  Things that don't general move in other words.  If the building has been demolished chances are I will still use it as a landmark.  This can get very interesting when someone is talking about a "new" estate which was built (approximately 15 years ago) near my Dad's house - I still know it by the name of the scrapyard which used to be in the same place.  (Funny how "Melton Waste" doesn't have the same ring to it as "Speedwell Drive", isn't it??)

I digress.

I couldn't tell you for the life of me how to get to Oma's last flat from Hook of Holland by car (even though my parents and I did that journey hundreds of times) except for one thing  - you had to turn right near a "Colourroll" (or other carpet retailer) store.  I was fascinated by the multicoloured circular lights when they appeared out of the darkness.

My favourite landmark from recent times is a circular block of flats on the outskirts of Rotterdam.  This block of flats is reasonably non-descript apart from the fact every side is painted a different colour (in vertical stripes).



Apologies for the poor quality of the photo but I was on a Metro Train at the time (If you look at the tall circular building to the right of the photo you may just make out some stripes on it).

That building is interesting to me because it is almost the centre point of where in Rotterdam you can find a large amount of my Mum's family.  It is also the building we used to pass when we visited my Mum's favourite aunt after she was unceremoniously evicted from the above-mentioned farmhouse.

As I said - it is funny how a photo can paint a thousand memories.

<< Back Add New Comment
0 items total
Add New Comment
Name*
Subject*
Comment*
Please type the confirmation code you see on the image*
Reload image