Tuesday, 24 May 2016

ABC Wednesday, T for Tenerife and Travelling

My sister and I decided to go to Tenerife for 10 days. We booked a holiday which was in fact organized for people who were more or less handicapped, and their companions. Though my sister and I are not really handicapped, we still could join this group. Participants could take their own wheelchair or  rollator. But we could also hire them in our hotel, which was especially set up for all kind of handicapped people. The name of the hotel was  "Mar y Sol",which means "Sea and Sun"


There were two swimmingpools for the guests. One was designed for the handicapped people in a way that even wheelchair people could have a swim.

We left Schiphol at 15:00 and arrived a couple of hours later. There were seven of us and two leaders.

My sister and I had a corner room and a nice and sunny terrace. Every day  somebody came to clean the room. We always greeted the cleaning lady in the only Spanish we knew.

"Hola, ?qué tal?"

-"Bien, ?y usted?"  ( the first question mark must be upside down, but I can't write it)

Buenos dias.

  My sister on our terrace.

In the evening we went walking with the group along the beach, looking for a café. We passed a place where a sculptor had made a sand sculpture representing the Last Supper

One day we did a bus ride  to see the sights of Tenerife and to learn about its history,  flora and fauna.

Tenerife is the largest island of the Canaries. It is a volcanic island. Large parts of the beach are covered in black lava sand. There are countless banana plantations, the climate of the island is excellent for growing bananas.

I  am always interested in wildlife.  We heard that there are no poisonous animals neither are there dangerous beasts of prey which can cause certain problems like plagues of mice, lizards and rabbits

Of course there are pets.We even saw a number of camels.

 We had a photo stop in a very picturesque place, called "Los Gigantes".

We had a delicious lunch in a former convent. The only problem was that we had to climb a hill. which was difficult for the wheelchair people.





Another day we had a great boat trip and the weather was so wonderful.! We all enjoyed this small voyage and the views of the island from another angle of vision.

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Our World Tuesday., ABC Wednesday, S for Soestdijk Palace


We do not know how old the palace is.We do know that it was bought by Cornelis de Graeff mayor of Amsterdam in 1638.  Mary Stuart  married stadtholder Willem III of Orange. She was a daughter of the English King James II. She and Willem III became the ruling couple William III and Mary II, who died in 1694 and William died in 1702. They had no children.

They were the first members of the House of Orange to live at Soestdijk Palace. The princes of Orange were stadtholders till Napoleon was defeated. His brother had been proclaimed king of the Netherlands in 1806. So our first king was a Bonaparte, a Frenchman.

As soon as William of Orange, who had spent his exile in England, returned to the Netherlands after the defeat of Napoleon,  the Dutch wanted him to become king of the Netherlands and Belgium, which became independent later.

 The kingdom of the Netherlands is now 200 years old and has known seven ruling monarchs: first three kings, then three queens and now a king again.

Queen Juliana, grandmother of our king, had lived in Soestdijk until she died. Her children had lived in this palace until they got married. Queen Beatrix, mother of our king, abdicated in 2013 in favour of her son Willem Alexander, who lives in a palace in the Hague.

We don't know what is going to happen with this beautiful palace.



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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

ABC Wednesday, R of Royalty, Republic

The last week in April had been a week of royal birthdays.

Queen Elisabeth celebrated hers on the 23rd  April. She is 90 years old.

The Dutch King Willem Alexander was having his on the 27th April. He is now 49.

The Swedish King celebrated his 70th birthday. I have no photo of his, but you see him at the wedding of his daughter crownprinses Victoria,

All three majesties are very popular in their kingdoms and they had beautiful weather so that the people of these countries could celebrate outdoors.

In Europe we have 7 kingdoms , the principality of Monaco,the grand duchy of Luxemburg and many republics. Of course discussions flared up among the republicans of those kingdoms whether it was better to have a president or a royal head of state.

Well most people agreed that a royal head of the country has a binding factor. The entire population is united. Which is not the case when a president is the head of the country. He or she represents only part of the country and has a lot more power. The royals have hardly any power, but they exercise an influence on the nation.

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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

ABC Wednesday, Q for Qantas,

This is an old post, but I have been very busy lately, so I try to find suitable stories from my previous entries.

The first time we went to Australia was in June 1996 for the wedding of my second daughter. We flew with Qantas from London Heathrow to Singapore and after a stopover we continued the trip to Cairns, where my daughter met us at the airport. From Cairns we flew in a small aircraft to Cooktown.
Wikipedia says:"Qantas Airways Limited is the national airline of Australia. The name was originally "QANTAS", an acronym/initialism for "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services". Nicknamed "The Flying Kangaroo", the airline is based in Sydney. It is Australia's largest airline and is the world's second oldest airline. Qantas is headquartered in the Qantas Centre in the Mascot suburb of the City of Botany Bay, Sydney, New South Wales.

In 2009, Qantas was voted the sixth best airline in the world by research consultancy firm Skytrax, a drop from 2008 (third), 2007 (fifth), 2006 (second), and 2005 (second).

It certainly has the most elegant decoration, for the kangaroos on the tails of the planes are really beautiful.( in my opinion)

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

ABC Wednesday, P for Palmtrees

Palmtrees at the holiday park Cascades

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Being in the Botanic Gardens of Cooktown we saw a lot of Palmtrees. Some of them are really very beautiful and colourful. Like the Foxtail Palm.

 This Foxtail Palm was only found in a very small part of Australia on the boulder strewn, exposed gravel hills of Cape Melville Range on Cape York Peninsula. That is not far from where my daughter lives. Now it is one of the most popular palms in the world and grown in many places outside Australia.

Fruit of the Foxtail Palm

Millaa Millaa Falls

Malanda Falls

The Lakes Resort

The Lakes Resort

 Millaa Millaa  Falls


In 20012, the day before taking leave of each other,

 we stayed at the Lakes Resort in Cairns