Sunday, July 20, 2014

Monday, Tuesday.

After a couple of very, very hot days today was cooler so we went for a drive and a walk in our local park. This is what we saw.

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Ladies lace.

 

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First thought they had big dogs but they were walking their ponies. ))

 

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Such a beauty.

 

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the ferryman.

 

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Maastricht #1

 

About three months ago we visited the city of Maastricht and some little villages around it in the south  of the Netherlands , the province of Limburg.The weather was lovely so good to look around and make photo’s.

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In probably every little village in the south is a huge Roman Catholic church and you know, I love churches.

 

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a lovely park next to the church.

 

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This is the castle where the world famous violinist André Rieu   lives with his family. It is situated on the mountain “St Pietersberg”

I suppose you have heard of him. He travels all over the world with his orchestra.

 

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These sculptures are so lovely. Saw them in another village. Sorry I don’t remember their names.

 

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Many houses in Holland have these plant pots on the windowsills. In April it was violets now it often is geraniums.

 

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The cruise ship.


People ask me what it is like on a cruise and how it is on a ship. I have some photo’s here of the interior. Every ship has a theme, at least the Costa ships, and this ship’s theme is music. So almost all decorations are about music.
They also ask what you do all day, doing nothing and being lazy? Kind of boring? That is what you can do but there is so much to do on a cruise. First, the ship sails at night, embarks in the morning and provides for several different excursions in the city where you are during that day. You also can go off board and go for a walk or a taxiride, whatever you like. In the evening the ship sails again to another port.
On days that the ship sails because there is a long distance to the next port there are workshops, shows, dancing lessons, cardclubs and a nice quiet library . Also different shops and sales to look around and get souvenirs.
There are several pools , lounges, bars, a casino and lots of food most of the day. Sitting dinners at night. So nobody has to get bored. I am sure I must have forgotten something .

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one of the lifeboats. We had instructions on the first day before the ship left the harbor.

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all about music also the steps

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one of the lounges, music again.

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Main bar, photo taken from the glass lift.

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Husband looking if it safe enough.

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Lots to do for the kiddies. Parents go on an excursions and special trained people are taking care of the kids. How nice is that.

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Art in the lifts.

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The library, aren’t those doors beautiful?

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One of the pools.

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Outside pool on the top deck,so much fun .

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One of the corridors. I took this photo in the middle of the ship, so behind me was the same long walk.
This ship is about 300 meters long so very long walks to your cabin several times a day. Keeps us going.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Enjoying the weather.

We have had some very nice weather lately so time to enjoy. We often go for a walk along the river and as you can see many people had the same idea, make the most of this lovely sunny day.
Here is what I saw.
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

St Petersburg #2

As I said in my former post St Petersburg is full of palaces, cathedrals and bridges. At least in my eyes. And all so beautiful.

Today I start with my favorite beautiful church “The Church on the spilled blood”, or “Church of the Resurrection.

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I Have this photo from my book St Petersburg and its environs as my camera didn’t work well at that moment.”

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Photo’s of the central nave and pieces of the interior. The gentleman was Alexander II.

also from the book.

 

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The artwork is unbelievable. All the colors on the photo’s are real.

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Monument to Peter the Great on Decembrists Square.

 

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The Winter Palace, home of the Russian Emperors from 1763 to 1917.  Main façade.

The winter palace is one of five buildings that make up the architectural ensemble of the State Hermitage Museum.

See photo down here from my book again.

 

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In the background Palace Square and the general staff building

 

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Each of St Petersburg bridges (and there are many) has its own distinctive structure and appearance. They are humpbacked and elegant, large and small, subtle and imposing.Their decorative wrought iron railings and lamps coupled  with the granite embankments give the face of the city a charming look.

 

 

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We were allowed to shop in one souvenir  shop and look what I saw in that window. All these different sized Matroesjka’s.  In the end they al go together in that big one.

 

That’s it for today.

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