Monday, 20 June 2016

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday X for X-shaped wall Anchors








Wall anchors were used in old buildings in the Netherlands to connect the beams of a floor with the brick wall to prevent the wall from bending outwards. They often had the shape of a couple of nummers to indicate the age of the building. Sometimes they had the shape of a letter like X or Y, or a simple I. There were also very beautifully decorated wall anchords if the building was monumental and very important.
I had  guests from South Africa, who wanted to make a boattrip under the City of Den Bosch , we saw a lot of old buildings and of course we couldn't overlook the wall anchors.Foreigners often ask what they are used for. 


 The anchors you see on the photos are the only X-shaped ones I saw in the Netherlands.

Here you also see the more common wall anchors 

that are to be found in all old Dutch cities.




                                                        They are I-shaped,X-shaped or Y-shaped



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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

ABC Wednesday, W for Warning

When we were in Cairns  we were staying in a unit not far from the airport, which I always fly from when I go home. My daughter and one or two of her children stay with me until I have to say goodbye to them, which is the most difficult part of the holiday.

It is important to know that plants can be very dangerous, so we had to read these signs very carefully.

 



 Travelling by car means watching carefully the traffic signs. Cattle owners leave their cattle walk freely in the bush. Consequently they cross the road where and whenever they want.

With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . This week we are looking for words beginning with W

Monday, 6 June 2016

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, V for Valleys of the Kings and Queens in Egypt.

The post of this week is not new. I wrote it 8 years ago, but I found it appropriate to send it in again as I mentioned this in last week's entry. I added some new information  about the Valley of the Queens however.







The story of the Valley of the Kings begins with the decision of Tuthmoses I to seperate his tomb from his mortuary temple and to have his body buried in a secret place. His chief architect excavated a shaft tomb in a lonely ravine, cut a steep stairway into the rock, and at the bottom built the sepulchre; this plan was followed by all the later pharaohs. These graves were often disturbed by tomb robbers. So the priests decided to lay all the pharaohs in a large cave in the mountain of Deir el-Bahri. The forty pharaohs remained there for three thousand years. The tomb of Tutankhamen was found by Howard Carter in November 1922.It was a miracle that everything and especially the mummy was intact.The most impressive was the great sarcophagus; an enormous block of quartzite ,that housed four gilded wooden containers one inside the other. We believe Tutankhamen ruled Egypt between 1334 and 1325 BC. He was probably the 12th ruler of Egypt's 18th Dynasty.
 

Thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who has hosted this ABC game  to the letter V for ABC Wednesday. For more ABC posts click on ABC picture in my side bar.

Welcome to Our World Tuesday! This meme continues in memory of the work of Klaus Peter, whose "that's My World" brought people together from around the world every Monday to share the wonders therein--big and small.Please click on our new logo for "Our World Tuesday" in the sidebar.


I also took some photos of the Valley of the Queens.



                                                   Valley of the Queens

I pity the little donkey that stood in the heat of the sun all day long




Valley of the Queens, also called Valley of the Tombs of the Queens, Arabic Wādī al-Bībān 


Nefertari [Credit: Roger Wood—Corbis]


It was part of ancient Thebes and served as the burial site of the queens and some royal children of the 19th and 20th dynasties (1292–1075 bc). The queens’ necropolis is located about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of the mortuary temple of Ramses III (1187–56 bc) at Madīnat Habu. There are more than 90 known tombs, usually consisting of an entrance passage, a few short halls, and a sarcophagus chamber. The earliest may be that of Sitre, wife of Ramses I. The most notable are those of Nefertari, the favourite queen of Ramses II; of Princes Khaemwese and Amonhirkhopsef; and of a Ramesside queen called Titi. In 1979 UNESCO added the Valley of the Queens, the Valley of the Kings, Karnak, Luxor, and other sites of Thebes to the World Heritage List.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Our World Tuesday., ABC Wednesday, U for Unesco


A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a site that has been nominated for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's international World Heritage program. 

The program aims to catalogue and preserve sites of outstanding importance, either cultural or natural, to the common heritage of humankind. 


All of these sites I have seen in reality and taken photos of, only the photos of Great Barrier Reef are from Steve Parish.




                                          We saw in Greece Acropolis of Athens.







                                     In the Netherlands: The windmills of Kinderdijk









                                               Norway : Bryggen( old part of Bergen)





Fjords

Fjords



                                                           Norway:  Fjords



Røros Norwegian mining town


Røros Norwegian mining town


Røros Norwegian mining town


Røros Norwegian mining town


Røros Norwegian mining town






                                     United Kingdom: Westminster Abbey




Jerusalem, Old city


                                                                        Jerusalem, Old City






                                                                 Israel: The Old City

The Bent Pyramid is a unique example of early pyramid development in Egypt, about 2596 BCE. This was the second pyramid built by Sneferu.



                                                   


There are three pyramids at Giza, each of which once had an adjoining mortuary temple. Attached to this temple would have been a covered causeway descending down to a valley temple, near the Nile. The 'great' pyramid itself is truly an astonishing work of engineering skill - for over four thousands years, until the modern era, it was the tallest building in the world.


 The Pyramid of Djoser(Zoser), or step pyramid is an archeological remain in the Saqqara necropolis, Egypt, northwest of the city of Memphis. It was built for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser by his vizier Imhotep, during the 27th century BC.


The Citadel and the Muhammad ‘Ali mosque. built in 1800


Valley of the Kings


France  Chambord



                                        

Double spiral staircase in Chambord





France Chambord


France, Chambord

Great Barrier Reef Australia

Great Barrier Reef


                                                                 Great Barrier Reef




These are only a few shots of the wonders of our planet. Try to find more! Look around, take photos and read about all those treasures.

 

Welcome to Our World Tuesday! This meme continues in memory of the work of Klaus Peter, whose "that's My World" brought people together from around the world every Monday to share the wonders therein--big and small.Please click on our new logo for "Our World Tuesday" in the sidebar.

 We thank Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC, and we must thank Roger too for the weekly job to find  ten bloggers for each of the ABC Team members  to visit and to read their posts. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . This week we are looking for words    beginning with U.