Local Heart, Global Soul

November 4, 2017

Taking A Spin Around A Giant Wheel…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Although we were on the Scheveningen pier one weekend last summer, it was not exactly the pier we were here for.

It was what was at the end of it that was important; the ‘Reuzenrad” (which literally in English means: “Giant wheel”). I have heard other people call this the “Scheveningen Eye” too, although it is not it’s official name.

This is what Himself and I had been dragged out of the house for, both of our kids agreed (that was a shock all of it’s own!) they really wanted to go on it, together!

Parents of a teenager and an almost teenager will likely gasp as we did, our two are at an age where being seen together in public most of the time is a major embarrassment.

Even more amazing, both Himself and I were welcome too (I think we should have checked them for fever, but it might possibly because of the fact that parents were paying).

Nowhere is the phrase ‘four seasons in one day” more apt than the Netherlands, it was a warm but overcast and patchy day, no sooner had we paid for our tickets and stood in line when the heavens opened.

There is a small amount of cover closest in by the wheel, luckily others in the front of the queue quickly snuggled up so that as many people at the end of the queue as possible could get in under this cover.

The queue moves fairly quickly despite the crowd so even though we were a short time getting wet it was soon our turn nearer the front of the queue.

It was possible to leave wheelchairs and push-chairs at the bottom, assistance was given to help me up the few steps to the cabin (I have my doubts that anyone less mobile than I am could manage this however, it might be possible with prior arrangement with the company, I do not know for sure.)

The cabins have a small table that can be lifted up when passengers enter and extended once they are seated, it allows for a small space to put your camera and other things on but please be warned, the space in the cabin is small so if you have a lot of stuff with you then things may get complicated.

There are also a few steps to negotiate before and after you get to the ticket office. I have a crutches holder on my wheelchair so could transfer to those for these sections but visitors unable to do this will have a problem because there are no ramps. We asked about this and were told that apparently it is somewhere on a lengthy “to do” list because this is a relatively new company and they are still ironing out all of the finer details. There is even a cabin that has a glass floor is you are really brave.

Of course I took pity on Himself and did not even think of suggesting that one!
Once inside our cabin we start to rise slowly in speed but quickly in elevation. I took a lot of photographs for our private family album, rather a lot of them of Himself’s face because due to his fear of heights I have never seen him so far away from terra firma (aircraft excepted). His fixed expression, wide eyes and willingness to only look into the furthest distance rather than straight down confirmed that this was the first and probably the very last time in our so far twenty-three year marriage that I was ever going to see him get on anything like this.

The cabin pauses at various points during your time whilst other passengers before you, exit at the bottom, and you get to make two full rotations before your turn has finished. It was our bad planning that we had chosen a spur of the moment activity on a day where the weather was less than cooperative: we got some clear photographs but others consisted of close-ups of rain filled windows.

Still, I used the zoom to get close-ups of the Kurhaus and of the scenes below us, such a photographer getting snaps of a group of girls by the seas edge. Our time was up too quickly (or maybe not quickly enough for Himself). Three out of the four of us immediately said we would love to come back and do this again on a fine day, Himself was noticeably silent (or still in shock). I was delighted that Kiwi Daughter and Little Mr worked together to bring us here as a family, so a very successful outing!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

http://www.pier.nl/company/reuzenrad-op-de-pier/
Scheveningen Giant Wheel / Scheveningen Eye / Attractions The Hague / The Netherlands

(Apologies for the link failure, I will keep trying to fix it until it’s good)

March 13, 2017

Colour Lacks But The Wheels Still Go Round…

Ijsboerderij Labora” is a Dutch dairy farm where they use some of the fresh milk to make their own ice-cream. Located on the island of Texel in North Holland, it’s where we spent the 2016 Easter weekend with friends. Following my yesterday’s post I am taking photographs for my “reference library files”, and have gone from “klompen” (clogs), to “wheels” as the topic of interest. In taking photographs from different angles I hope to not just capture composition but also texture, something I achieved in some small part, but had the same problem with the klompen: my colours are noticeably washed out. Still, something is better than nothing and the learning curve continues.

(photograph © Kiwidutch )

(photograph © Kiwidutch )

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(photograph © Kiwidutch )

January 18, 2012

Singapore… Flyer High…

Filed under: Landmarks,PHOTOGRAPHY,SINGAPORE,Travel — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

One of the attractions that we pass whenever we want to go to or from Sentosa Island, is the Singapore Flyer.

Usually our view is a fleeting one with necks craned as we drive past on  on the busy highway nearby. This time, during the Duck Tour we get closer to it than we ever have before.

Whilst Kiwi Daughter and I are keen, Little Mr. is adiment that he would be scared to go on the Flyer, and after some discussion Kiwi Daughter said “well maybe next time Little Mr. might not be scared so I don’t mind to wait until our next trip and then he might come with us and that means Papa could come too

Since realistically there are more things for us to do in Singapore than can be achieved in our shortish stays and the hotel swimming pool is still a top draw card for the kids too, I complimented Kiwi Daughter on her forward thinking and for selflessly seeing that putting this off for another trip would probably enable us all of the family to go instead of leaving one parent behind to look after an unhappy and unwilling six year old.

She can appreciate his hesitation: the Singapore Flyer Observation wheel is Asia’s version of the London Eye and at 165 meters (541 feet) is the bigger of the two. (London Eye is 120 meters / 394 feet). That makes the Flyer the equivalent of 42 stories high.

Come to think of it, I’ve never been 42 stories high in my life either, and the whole family are rather wimpish when it comes to heights. Adrenaline junkies, Family Kiwidutch? …(definitely not!)

The Flyer opened in 2008 and gives a panaramic view of the surrounding Marina Bay area: we are told by our Duck Tour guide that on a clear day you can even catch a glimpse of neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia. There are 28 air-conditioned capsules and one rotation takes about 30 minutes to complete. For the moment we are content  to do our observations of the Flyer from ground level, but hopefully on a future trip to Singapore we might well be doing a report of what it’s like to “take a spin” on this.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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