Monday, 21 October 2013

Our World Tuesday,ABC Wednesday, O for an Outing for the Older Members of our church.


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Every year in May or early summer our church organises an outing for the elderly people in the church. It should be an easy outing. Walking is difficult for many people, so we don't walk too much. Eating and drinking is very important of course. So we often start the day with  coffee and cake.





On May 30th, 2013

All participants of this trip came together in our church. We were in a very cheerful mood and ready to go. Three members of the church counsel, who organised the trip, gave us a cordial welcome. The coffee was delicious and the pastry as well.




The coach belonged to a football club

The bus took us to the

Maasvlakte 2 , which is a major civil engineering project in the Netherlands, constructing a new port and supporting infrastructure on reclaimed land adjoining the Maasvlakte. Approximately 2000 hectares will be reclaimed, behind a 4 km dike; approximately 1000 hectares will be used by ports related industries. It is an extension of the Port of Rotterdam.

Maasvlakte 2 is the biggest civil engineering project in the Netherlands since the Delta Works. The area is expected to open in 2013.


The busdriver dropped us at the Information Centre of this project. We could stay there for a short time.






In this building we could see all kind of show cases containing ships, tools and material used for building dikes. There were quizes for every age, dealing with the port of Rotterdam. The port of Rotterdam was the largest harbour in the world between 1962 and 2003. In 2003  Shanghai and Singapore occupied the first and second position.



We had not seen and read enough about the harbour, but we had to continue on our way for  dinner in another place.


Dinner was delicious and we were ready to board the Spido that took us for a roundtrip on the river.






Seeing the harbour from this boat was a wonderful experience. We also saw the cruise ship the 

SS Rotterdam, which I mentioned in my post about cruise ships on July 29th.






I believe that all the old(er ) people enjoyed being in the harbour  in such a relaxed way and that this was not too tiring.


28 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a fun, wonderful excursion for all of you!! Wonderful captures! Just the kind of trip I enjoy!! Thanks for sharing the fun with us today!! Hope you have a lovely week, Wil!!

The Weaver of Grass said...

That sounds like one lovely day out Wil. We have similar things over here, but I don't go because I do like to be here to get the farmer his nice warm lunch in this miserable weather. But for those who live alone it is a great way of sharing things with friends.

Arkansas Patti said...

What a delightful day the church provided. Sadly, my area doesn't have trips like that. Wish they did. I'd have really, really loved that boat ride.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Sounds like a great outing... I've been on some senior center outings in Oregon and we always have a great time. It's fun to share.

Genie Robinson said...

This is my kind of outing. More riding and less walking.

Fun60 said...

My mother would have loved a trip like that. What an excellent idea.

acreativeharbor.com said...

Delightful post and what lovely photography the adventure ~ thanks, carol

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ladyfi said...

Looks like a lot of fun.

MastHoliday said...

Sounds an interesting trip!! the ship looking beautiful..

ercotravels said...

Sound have a great enjoyable day! Thanks for sharing your experience with us...

Roger Owen Green said...

A splendid time was guaranteed for all...

Marcy said...

What an exciting outing!!

O is for...

Hildred said...

Sounds like a perfect day for us elderly folk! When age dictates less mobility it is a real treat to get out and enjoy the companionship and the change of scenery....

photowannabe said...

It's nice that the church does things for the elderly.
Many need an excuse to get out and see new things.
I really enjoyed this post Wil.

Pheno Menon said...

Perfect day indeed

PhenoMenon, ABC Wednesday Team

Kay L. Davies said...

I've been on some church excursions, too, but never anything like this, Wil, and I'm fascinated with ports, especially Rotterdam because, as you mentioned, it was the largest in the world for so long.
I'm sure I would have been thrilled to go with you!
Luv, K

Wanda said...

What a absolutely wonderful idea for the Older Folks.

More churches should so this!

Carver said...

That looks like a fun outing that your Church organizes. Great shots.

Hazel Ceej said...

A neat image of the harbor. It's nice to see old people enjoying an outing.

Hazel

ChrisJ said...

I'm so glad your church is doing something for the old(er) people.We used to hear,'we've got to build up the youth program' all the time. Sometimes, I'm sorry to say the elderly were left out, but it was the elderly who had once been the younger ones and gave all their time and effort to the church. They shouldn't be left out. I'm thankful to say we have quite a few programs for the elderly now. In my Bible Study the ladies range from late 60's to 90! These ladies are as sharp as a knife and are really up to date on current affairs as well as the Bible.

Rajesh said...

This sure is a exciting and grand trip for the participants.

Ercotravels said...

Sounds an amazing destination!! the ship looking fabulous..
such great experience, Wil. Thanks for sharing...

Vicki Lane said...

A nice outing!

Vagabonde said...

J’ai bien aimé lire votre dernier post sur votre retour en Hollande après la guerre, et aussi toutes les photos. Ma mère aussi faisait partie d’un groupe de “seniors” mais laïque “le club des veuves” et elles allaient faire des excursions. Je pense même qu’elles ont été en Hollande un week-end. Bien sur quand elle est devenue plus malade (elle avait la maladie de Parkinson) ma mère ne pouvait plus aller en excursion.

Richard Lawry said...

What a great idea!
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Abraham Lincoln said...

This must have been a memorable event.

Weekend-Windup said...

What a wonderful trip provided by the church.Thanks for sharing the information. Beautiful capturing of pictures.

Tash said...

Such a beautiful place. LA Port is trying to upgrade it's image, but has a long way to go.