Quebec is Amazing!

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I recently had the good fortune to go on a cruise which started out with 3 days in Quebec, Canada. It was gorgeous, especially this time of year, quirky – see the runaway clown – and enchanting. How’s that for a bit of hyperbole? Actually, words don’t really suffice so  I’ll share a few of my favorite photos.

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What the heck ?! questions-1922476__340 On our first day in Quebec, we were strolling around the city and stumbled onto this! It looks like a rogue hot air balloon . . . maybe it was running away to the circus? Or could it be a weird art installation? Are there any Quebecois (not a typo) out there who can shed some light on this?

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12 Days in Argentina (Part 1)

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Argentina, the land of tango, soccer, Eva Perón, Che Guevara, good wine, Patagonia, and architecture that in one moment reminds me of New York and in another, draws stack similarity to Paris. Argentina has always been on my list of places I had to visit. The country was a mystery to me with the chords of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” rings in my ears. Yes, I was a child when Madonna sang that song, giving a lasting impression that this country was one of resilience, elegant, and style. I had many preconceived notions about this country before I dared to venture. Every one of these notions painted it in a very positive light. Strangely enough, after visiting Argentina for 12 days, I walked away with some of my assumptions satisfied, but also a bit saddens by some elements of my trip.

I broke my trip into two parts, starting…

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Everyone MUST live under the Islamic Law … or DIE!

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Introduction

The Islamic Law is part of the Islam and can’t be separated. The Islamic Law applies to the lives of Muslims (sexuality, food, rituals, leisure activities, dress, hygiene etc.). The Islamic Law not only describes those laws, but also supplies the rules for punishments, which must be implemented by the letter of the (Islamic) Law. What we all see happening in Syria, Africa and Iraq, the ISIS (and other Islamic Extremists) behead, stone and crucify people, and the reason is the Islamic Law. Furthermore, there is a strong trend of Muslims in host countries in Europe and the US, that they want to have the civil law replaced by the Islamic Law, even when they are clearly the minority. That this is a bad idea, is an understatement. This article describes what the Islamic Law means for people like you.

What’s the Islamic Law?

The Islamic Law or Sharia

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Scout Ranger Captain Rommel Sandoval’s Promise: ‘Walang Iwanan’

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by: Preciosa S. Soliven

a repost from The Philippine Star, 30 Nov 2017

Thank you, Precious, for this wonderful article honoring a young officer who died during the last quarter of the Marawi campaign, Captain Rommel Sandoval. Thanks too to Natashya Gutierrez of Rappler for her write-up. To you, Cavalier Rommel, my snappy salute!!! You embody what our alma mater song ever so gently inculcated in our hearts…

When bells for us are rung, And our last taps is sung

Let generations see, our country free!

Oh, Lead to righteous way, Those solid ranks of gray

Thy virtues to display, Academy, Oh hail to thee…

(Note: The late Capt Rommel Sandoval would later be awarded the Medal of Valor, the highest award bestowed to members of the AFP.)

September 10, Day 111 of the Marawi Siege

The Marawi siege lasted from May 23 to Oct 23, 2017. (Read: Marawi Will…

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Zweimal Apfelernte

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Hornissen gelten zwar als räuberische Jäger, sind aber in Wirklichkeit Vegetarier. Nur die Larven füttern sie mit erbeuteten Insekten. Die erwachsenen Tiere ernähren sich hingegen bevorzugt von süßen Baum- und Pflanzensäften sowie Obst. Bei uns haben es ihnen vor allem die Äpfel angetan.

Zwischen den beiden folgenden Bildern liegt der Sommer, das erste ist von Anfang Mai, das zweite von Ende September.

Wir hatten letztes Jahr so viele Äpfel, dass ich mir einen Destillierapparat gekauft habe, um Schnaps zu brennen. Trotzdem sind noch Reste übrig geblieben, mit denen ich dann im Frühjahr die Amseln gefüttert habe. Auch eine Hornisse hat sich daran bedient.

Ein paar Tage später kam der Frost und dementsprechend mager war die diesjährige Ernte. Ich habe keinen einzigen Apfel abbekommen. Die Hornissen und die Vögel waren schneller. Wir Menschen sind quasi der Puffer: Ist der Ertrag schlecht, müssen wir als erstes verzichten, nur im Überfluss kommen wir…

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Airborne in Airlie Beach

View from the Back

Facing a long drive to our next stop in Airlie Beach, we left early and breakfasted en route. As we drove away from Rockhampton, we saw fewer cattle but more and more tropical crops. There wasn’t much traffic on the road and we made good time, arriving in Airlie just after lunch at our home for the next four nights, a resort perched on a steep hill overlooking the beach. Again, we had a spacious one-bedroomed apartment, with balcony, spa bath – what is it with Aussies and spa baths? – and a well-equipped kitchen.

We dumped our luggage and headed out for a fishy lunch – what else? Airlie itself isn’t particularly large but it has a lively esplanade with plenty of shops and restaurants and an onshore beach and swimming pool. But we weren’t in Airlie to enjoy its beach, we were here because it’s an ideal jumping…

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How to spend 48 Hours in Seville.

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48 Hours in Seville.

Seville, a beautiful city located in the South of Spain is one that I am in total awe with. Its endless Spanish tiles and stunning architecture surrounds you as you wander through the narrow streets watching the horses trot through and the locals happily waving at one another. One cafe after the next, we struggled to choose where to grab our next coffee of the day. Every single cafe and restaurant is modern, clean and serves amazing food. Though the locals didn’t speak much English; every effort was made to communicate with us and get things just right!

So, here is a little 48 hour guide to Seville, featuring LOADS of photos, things to do and places to eat. Enjoy!

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This guide is based on a 48 hour visit to Seville in the first week of March 2019. The sun was out and shining every…

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Archibald Prize features Australian faces

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Time for a quick detour to Australia and the wonderful Archibald exhibit. The Archibald prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. These days it is accompanied by the Wynne and Sulman prizes.

I felt the need to tuck in this post because the exhibit—on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney—ends in about a week on 8 September.

Don’t worry. It’s a travelling exhibit. Over the next few months, it will be displayed in Victoria and various locations around New South Wales. Here’s a link to the schedule.

The prize is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW and awarded to the best portrait painting. The portraits are a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes and artists.

One of our daughters…

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Top 2 exceptionally exotic beaches of Goa that you just can’t afford to miss ! #Best Beaches #Hidden Jewels

Inside Out With Rahul Yuvi

 

My Dream is to have a house on the beach , even just a little shack somewhere so I can wake up , have coffee , look at the Dolphins , be quiet & breathe the fresh air”

    – Christina Applegate

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Goa & Beaches aren’t two different words anymore for whenever you utter or listen someone say ‘Goa’, the very next moment you visualize yourself enjoying  on a wonderful beach with a drink of your choice besides you .

And standing true to the hype , Goa does has got some truly beautiful beaches however , sometimes abundance of good things becomes a problem too.For instance ,  if you are on a standard 3 or 4 day Goa Vacations, then the idea of covering each & every beach isn’t that great  since it then becomes more of a target  to achieve, thereby taking away the fun…

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Camino de Santiago, Day 1 | from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles

The World Through My Glasses

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So it begins… I still can’t believe that I took the first steps, done the first kilometers, experienced the first uphill and the first dead point – already. Like 3 times. So with this, I would like to wish Happy Birthday to Me – something to remember for sure.

2nd of May, big 30th and the 1st day of my Camino.

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I remember everybody was like oh yea it’s a bit challenging but not too crazy, everybody can do it. Lie.
Ok, fine… every year, over 250,000 people from all over the world walking on the Camino Frances, which is the main path across Spain. 800 km from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela – plus 87 km to Fisterra.  And in the end, I did it, yes, so you can too… but still…
What I’m sayin’ is, it’s not as easy and…

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