Thursday, September 07, 2006
A Higher Viewpoint - once a year
You have seen this before on my pages, our local version of the White House, the first sky scraper on the European continent, visible in the distance in the picture below.
Nowadays it is completely dwarfed by the surrounding offices and residential buildings.
Once a year, the during the Rotterdam Harbour Festival, visitors are allowed on the roof of the White House.
This is a great opportunity for us harbour dwellers to see our barges from an unusual perspective.
The third barge, bottom left, is my good ship Luxor. My next door neighbour, mostly hidden by the foliage, is VallyP's Vereeniging.
Thanks to a high viewpoint and a long lens.
A view of the slipway - so that's how it works.
Traditionally, on that particular weekend's Sunday, the sailing barges leave the harbour for a slow motion race on the river.
The weather was so bad that I missed the race, just caught a bit of the end.
'Shanty choirs' consisting of what look like retired sailors. What if I could choose between a Who concert and this? Hard to say. Well, not that hard.
This pic is especially for Dale. See the art nouveau letters saying Het Witte Huis? If you misspell that badly (as the English tend to do) you get The White House.