french summer festival

This weekend, my sister took me to the french summer festival powered by 25hours hotels in Düsseldorf. 

The festival happened as a welcome event due to the opening of the new 25hours hotel there and we spent a marvellous day there.

As I wasn’t home the whole weekend, I will write about it in detail later, so here are a few more pictures as a quick preview.

 

Onze juwelenshop

Als huurders bij Tilley France krijg je een extra korting van 20% op alle juwelen in onze shop (atelier) in Fitou. Harry maakt ook graag maatwerk juwelen voor onze gasten. Het aanbod is heel breed van fantasie tot echte kwaliteitsvolle zilveren juwelen.
Je kan ook ons aanbod online bezichtigen via onze webshop www.harrytilley.eu!
We zijn ook actief aanwezig op tal van marktjes in de streek, je vind dit alles in onze event kalander >> www.harrytilley.eu/evenementen
Warme groeten,
Harry & Miranda

Onze juwelenshop

Als huurders bij Tilley France krijg je een extra korting van 20% op alle juwelen in onze shop (atelier) in Fitou. Harry maakt ook graag maatwerk juwelen voor onze gasten. Het aanbod is heel breed van fantasie tot echte kwaliteitsvolle zilveren juwelen.
Je kan ook ons aanbod online bezichtigen via onze webshop www.harrytilley.eu!
We zijn ook actief aanwezig op tal van marktjes in de streek, je vind dit alles in onze event kalander >> www.harrytilley.eu/evenementen
Warme groeten,
Harry & Miranda

Some photos from June

I recently bought a disposable camera cause I wanted to have a little play around and see what would come out of it without seeing and editing the photos instantly. I know it is becoming a bit of a trend to go back to film cameras and whilst scanning some old photos I took on…

Summertime

Summer gets very busy in Fitou. Many cultural events are taking place, seasonal residents are coming over to spend their holidays and meet their friends, and of course, lots of parties. You could easily spend every evening at another event, sometimes it’s becoming difficult when you still need to work a bit during the day. ...

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Cycling in Kenya Finally Getting Good Attention.

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A few weeks ago, Nairobi Women Representative Esther Passaris picked up her bike together with a team of cyclist and she took on the roads of Nairobi. This journey took her from her house in the suburbs of Kitisuru to the parliament building, about 11km.

Passaris is a lady of many firsts, her organization “Adopt A Light” was on the forefront in lighting Nairobi city. The city was in the dark and unsafe those many years ago. With a technology imported from South Africa, street by street we could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Passaris after her cycling session said she would engage potential sponsors to see that willing Nairobians are loaned or rented bikes and champion legislation that will make the roads safer for cyclists.

She did not stop, on Saturday I saw her rocking her bike in the streets of Nairobi campaigning for regulations that will make Nairobi a better city for cycling. nI am reminded of days I used to commute 50km everyday on my bike. Mombasa road was a real monster for me, every morning and evening.

When you cycle on Mombasa road, (many times) you get initiated by the toughness it brings.  I became very tuff, I prayed a lot, and I learnt more and more how to put my instincts at work, and the power of intuition….when it says stop! I stop.

It was also fun to be on the bike those years, I saved money, I kept time of my appointment and everywhere I went, I had to tell a story of how am cycling on Mombasa road.

Today, I don’t do that as much as I would like to, but that doesn’t mean that I am done. Big things came but small things stay the same. I am glad that with people like Passaris in parliament, we are on a good road to reaching our goal of a green Nairobi, I mean the road has started.

It has been estimated that 90% of urban air pollution in rapidly growing cities in developing countries is attributable to motor vehicle emissions (UNEP, 2011) so while there are many sources of air pollution in Nairobi, including open air burning of refuse and biomass (Gatari, 2006), industrial operations and domestic cooking fires, motor vehicles play a critical role in the problem.

The county government in a plan to handle the traffic menace said they will be burning driving two days in a week. On this days, commuters will be encouraged to either cycle to work or use public transportation.

As citizens of Kenya and as Naironians, and most importantly as cyclist, we will keep pushing the government to make sure they put up infrastructure that supports cycling, regulations that keep cyclists safe and event awareness on how to share the road.

With members of parliament joining this fight, there is light at the end of the tunnel for cyclists.

 

Ferienzeit

Das war wieder so eine Woche … Wenn in Fitou für die meisten Ferienzeit ist, erhöht sich auch plötzlich die Taktzahl in diesem Dorf. Alles ist mehr als sonst! Mehr Menschen, mehr Autos, mehr Hundekacke auf der Strasse, mehr Müll und vor allem … mehr “soziale Interaktionen”. Fitou hat um die 1000 “echte” Einwohner. In …

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Cool Tool: Wattpad

Today makes it seven days I have been without my phone. It was stolen while I was attending a meeting, with Jaden in tow, but the story of July 21, 2018 will be written another day. Today its about Wattpad.

I used to write a lot of stories, and took to blogging like a fish takes to water, but along the way, life happened and I found myself writing less. I joined a group called IBcoco to ensure I wrote more often, about two years ago, but I find that story-telling, which was what drove me to writing in the first place, was missing in my posts.

So I took to writing a bit at a time, on my phone. I lost a half-finished story when my phone got stolen seven days ago. My heartache drove me back to Wattpad and I began writing afresh.

What is Wattpad?

Wattpad is the best place to read and share stories. It’s the place where stories are redefined.

Wattpad is a community for readers and writers to publish new user-generated stories in different genres, including classics, general fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spiritual, humor, and teen fiction.[5] It aims to create social communities around stories for both amateur and established writers.[6]

The platform claims to have an audience of more than 65 million users, who can directly interact with the writers and share their opinions with fellow readers.[7]Although available in over 50 languages, 77% of its content is written in English.[8] A number of Wattpad users are translating stories to continue to build the platform.[8]

I have been on Wattpad since 2009, but mainly for reading stories. Wattpad offered mobile reading solutions from then, and I loved the ability to read anywhere any time. You can also vote for your favorite stories and comment.

The site has evolved to more than just a reading service, and even offers awards called Watty Awards, to the best and highest voted writers on the platform.

If it were not for Wattpad, I would not have found PreOrdained, a wonderful Nigerian story of hardship, choices, and victory, by Ad_zy1. Nor would I have found the story of the year 2015, Storm and Silence by Robert Thier, a juicy read that also teaches you about the old English aristocracy and culture.

I hope to complete my stories soon, and this time, share them with the rest of the world.