Rotterdam: a street art blogger tour is the title of this Blog post for a very special reason; recently, I was lucky enough to visit my Blogger pen pal, Envy Fisher, over at Lost In Translation.
I’m writing this the day I arrived home.. But, obviously, two Bloggers spending the day together meant that we were going to blog about it, right? (Or at the very least, Instagram it. As evident by my Instagram account and on Twitter..) But; here’s the full blog post!
We met at Rotterdam Centeraal Station, where I’d arrived two days prior. This is a huge light instalment-and we met underneath it. (It’s so pretty! I should have emojis for hands to truly express this..) We exchanged gifts-cookies for Envy, a wonderful mug for me-and then we started our tour.
First up: street art! Envy has lots of content about this on her blog, but it was so cool to see the actual thing.
This was the first piece we spotted…
This was the first, commissioned piece that we spotted; it was huge. And I like the colouring-in vibe; all the rage in the UK, after all.
The thing about street art is that it’s continually evolving; age makes some pieces better. It adds to the ‘edge’ of the city, I think. The new-ness of the city is also notable; a lot of it revolves around these bright pieces, the colours..
It’s like a sketchbook!
I think this is a piece that Envy has a story about on her blog? I’ll update this post later with a link, etc.
Stickers, kind of like a graffiti tag, are everywhere; they are essentially the logo that represents that artist. They’re all over lampposts, boards, wall.. Makes me think I should design my own.
Then there’s this alley! Amongst the rather grey building-some that may be demolished soon-it makes a change with the bright pop of colour. And once you pass through this, there’s a street art haven.
“I have a dream” is what the translation is. Notice the bikes in the corner..
Again, with the stickers… Can you spot Envy’s sticker? It’s her first name, in purple stylised print, in the shape of a heart.
Here’s another piece..
This next piece of street art is one of the more artistic; it’s a huge mural, but all of the characters, although individuals, also form other people.
The next one was kind of ominous; there wasn’t an explanation. I had to take two photos to catch the whole thing..
Just what was “all a dream”?
And next up..
We went across this bridge, which is one of my favourite places. If you look carefully, you can see the names of the people forming the bridge on the panels. And then you have street art inside!
Nearby is the train station..
This board apparently changes periodically. (Before my visit, it had ostensibly been a grotesque shade of pink!)
Spotted in a residential neighbourhood.. .The church is in the background. You can also see part of the canal.
This was one of my favourite pieces that we came across-for the use of the stylistic print, and the image in the middle.
These were similar pieces that were within close proximity; they reminded me of Moshi Monsters. (Yep, I’m that old!)
By the river, there was this piece, and it seemed, to me, to be very similar to Banksy and his pieces. Can you see the rather rude message? Envy also has a blog post about a recent Banksy exhibition.
This was a piece that represents the city. (Again, just a part of it!) But, here’s the Euromast, the Cube houses (we went around it later!), and the bridge which we went across…
This is our view of the port. Rotterdam use to be a shipping port-but most of the boats these days are privately owned. (During the German invasion in 1940, one of the conditions to try and get the Netherlands to capitulate was to bomb Rotterdam.) But how pretty is it?! The Cube houses are relatively near by..
After the street art tour, we went to the cube houses, crossed the bridge, visited two markets, went to a bookshop, an art shop, and put the world to rights over an ice-cream.
Am I Bloger yet? Totes Instagramable.
What a thing of beauty. I’m not sure how to describer what mermaid tastes like, but it’s so pretty.
And here’s the two of us! We were waiting at my hotel, due to the sudden storm…
Thank you Envy Fisher for showing me around Rotterdam; I’ll show you round when you’re next in the UK!