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2015年6月2日 星期二

Huis Ten Bosch Hario Island, Omura Bay, Sasebo, Nagasaki(長崎 佐世保市 大村灣 針尾島 豪斯登堡)

After stepping on to the dilapidated ruins of a bygone economic era of heavy metallurgical industries fueled by coal, our coach drove us into the glamor of another one based on titillating the human spirit and its capacity for fantasy.




This is the famous Huis Ten Ten Bosch (literally "House of Forest" in the suburbs of The Hague where Dutch Royal Family used to reside) (ハウステンボス Hausu Ten Bosu), a theme park on Hario Island in Omura Bay, Sasebo, Nagasaki  which does its best to "re-create" the feelings of an old Dutch town through life size copies of its hotels, villas, theatres, museums, shops and restaurants, canals, windmills, amusement rides, and a park planted in seasonal flowers. The site is close to Hirado (平户市), where the Dutch set up its first trading post in Japan in 1609.




Windmills and Dutch houses. First opened in 1992, and peaking in 1996 with more than 4.26 million visitors, they were not strong enough to withstand the Japanese economic slump and went into bankruptcy in 2003 when Nomura Principal Finance Company pumped some money into it and in 2010 was taken over by H. I. S, a travel agency. It's anyone guess how long it will survive now that  both Tokyo and Hong Kong have their own Disneyland and Shanghai is building another one?




But for the moment, the windmills are still there



For whom shall I turn my arms?



This rose certainly is not the least worried if we are still able to join in its month-long Festival of Roses starting 8th May, 2015, said to be the largest in the world with more than 1,000 different types of roses.




My second rose at an arbor outside the entrance to the fair grounds



Another one. I know got a feeling how tired I'd be before long.


my third



 a rare rose in yellow and orange



Ever seen a rose with such a long stamen?



Really difficult to tell which is prettier.


Are these roses? 


Surely these aren't.


A really impressive hotel


A field of daisies and chrysanthemums

Never saw these before


 
A quiet country house, away from the hustle and bustle


another neat windmill



Dutch canal bridge


 Another new discovery 

These I've seen before but not in exactly the same kind of color



What are these?


Pretty purple bells



A rose about to open up



such delicate petals.


how could it pack so many petals so closely together



roses, roses, roses, nothing but roses

a triplet: Paul's Himalayan musk

 

Crown Princess Margareta


A corvedale


more

opening up



hanging down Cl Iceberg. What a name!


Madame Alfred Carrière


A  Kew Rambler


another one of Paul's Himalayan Musk


These are called just "Grace"

The pre-opening Grace


Ever seen purple roses



A rose?


If not, what are they doing here?



blue ramblers


another one



Alberic Barbier or angela


Blue magenta


Pierre de Ronsard


A full  Cl Blue moon



A half Cl blue moon?


A Cl Gold Bunny


Another



Moon light


Sarasa


Ghislaine de Féligonde



Angela



A white rose!



Roses forever

 
Entrance or exit, it's time to pick up our hotel rooms unless we're prepared to sleep under these walls and canopies of roses