It’s the “no post week” and by fate I had to be in Rotterdam again last week. This time for the sad occasion of the funeral ceremony of one of my first cousins. Rotterdam is quite a journey from my home and I didn’t want to risk being late in case anything went wrong with the trains or with the OV-Fiets (bike share) that I had to use for the second leg of the journey. Nothing went wrong and that resulted in me being 45 minutes early. I had to be near the cycle bridge over the A15 motorway that I posted about when it was opened a little over two-and-a-half years ago. At the time, the magnificent bridge was called “De Groene Verbinding” (the Green Connection), because it connects Rotterdam with a developing green nature reserve, just south of the city. But the bridge has since been renamed“Portlandsebrug”. Not after the fine cycling city in Oregon, but after a new residential area and a polder in the area*. To my unpleasant surprise a lot more had changed! In the time I had to spare, I decided to have a look at the bridge, thinking I would be cheered up by the bright colours of this beautiful bridge. That worked out a bit differently. When you don’t do any (or much) maintenance, a bridge like that clearly doesn’t stay beautiful! I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
The bridge in better days. My video to celebrate the opening, from the earlier post.
* There is a name connection between Portland Oregon and Portland Netherlands. The residential area called Portland in Rhoon near Rotterdam was named after a polder, owned (in the 17th century) by William Bentinck, who was the first Earl of Portland. That Portland being a island in the English Channel. Portland Oregon was named after Portland Maine, which in turn was named after the same British island the Dutch Portland was named after.