Discover the beauty of Amsterdam in spring

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 22-03-2012

With spring just around the corner, surely it’s time to start planning a little break away somewhere lovely? Of course! Amsterdam is one destination that never fails to impress and it is particularly beautiful in the spring.
Stereotypical as it may sound, one of the main reasons to visit the city at this time of year is the tulips (but no, you don’t have to wear wooden clogs while you admire the blooms). So, here’s a quick rundown of all the best places to go if you really want to get into the spirit of spring.

Keukenhof Gardens
Ok, so this isn’t strictly in Amsterdam, it’s in Lisse, just outside the city. Nevertheless, it’s worth making the trip to view the rows upon rows of colourful flowers. It’s like walking through a rainbow when you go for a stroll here and the scent of all the blooms is amazing.

Get here at the start of the season (so around March) and you’ll catch the last of the crocuses, as well as a good number of tulips. Come a bit later and you’ll be able to see amaryllis and daffodils mixed in with the other blossoms, among many others. It’s a staggering sight, with more than seven million bulbs planted across 32 hectares. Keep your eyes open for the themed garden, too – this year it’s celebrating all things Polish.

Amsterdam Tulip Museum
Yes, that’s right, the Dutch love their flowers so much they’ve got an entire museum dedicated to them! You’ll find it on Prinsengracht in the Jordaan district of the city and I think you’ll be surprised by just how fascinating tulips can be.

The museum covers everything from the Netherlands’ horticultural industry to a phenomenon known as Tulipomania, which is, as you might have guessed, an obsession with the iconic flowers. Believe it or not, tulips were once so prized that people were willing to sell their houses for a chance to get involved in the tulip-growing industry!

The flower market
Visiting the flower market in Amsterdam is a unique experience, especially as it’s floating on one of the city’s many canals. Plants have been sold here since 1862 and it’s one of the most famous horticultural markets in the country. If you’re flying home, you might not be able to buy any flowers but don’t worry, there are several places selling souvenirs you’ll be able to clear customs with!

The flower market is situated in the Koningsplein district and the stallholders are there between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and from 11am to 5.30pm on Sundays.
Another iconic Dutch sight is the windmill and there are certainly lots of these in Amsterdam. In fact, the residents here love them so much, they hold a National Windmill Day every year.

I’m not kidding, so if you want to experience it for yourself, make sure you’re in Amsterdam for May 12th and 13th this year. Time your holiday to coincide with this festival and you’ll be able to wander inside these mills for a small contribution. If not, the only windmill you’ll be allowed to visit is Molen van Sloten, where you’ll learn how these remarkable contraptions actually mill flour.

The practicalities
Spring is a popular time of year to travel to the Netherlands, so if you want to get a room in one of theĀ cheap Amsterdam hotels, you’ll need to book early. Make sure you hunt around to find the best possible deal if you’re on a tight budget.

Getting around Amsterdam is relatively easy, with walking and cycling two of the best modes of transport, especially if you want to see as much of this beautiful city as possible. Taking a canal boat ride is lots of fun, while there’s always the metro, tram or bus if you’re too tired or the weather turns.

Airplane Crashes from the Past

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 19-03-2012

Minor plane accidents on your travels are quite common; however major accidents are always a possibility. Either way air crash compensation for you or for your family is a likelihood, especially in situations like the one below.

The Adam Air Flight 574 had planned a passenger flight from Surabaya to Manado on January 1, 2007. The flight was between two Indonesian cities. The flight left Surabaya but did not land on the airport runway in Manado.

About the Crash

The plane that was scheduled for the flight was a Boeing 737. The Surabaya airport technicians have affirmed that the airplane did not have any technical errors prior to take-off. The airplane had six crew members and 96 passengers. The plane disappeared near Polewali.

Wreckage from the airplane had been found in the ocean, including the flight recorders. Massive operations had been conducted to retrieve larger pieces from the plane.

This was the accident with the highest number of deaths related to the Boeing 737.

What Had Happened?

Initial investigation had shown that the plane crashed into the ocean where parts of it had been found. As the investigation continued, many errors and maintenance issues were found with the plane. The investigation team had found the same maintenance problems that had been previously related to the Boeing 737.

The families of the victims from the crash had considered that the disaster could have been caused by a faulty rudder valve. This was the same cause of previous accidents that involved this type of airplane.

The location of the debris had shown that it was almost impossible for the plane to be intact when it crashed into the ocean.

The investigation had determined that the cause of the accident was related to the existence of functioning errors at the inertial reference system. The pilots were trying to troubleshoot the problems and, as a result, they disconnected the autopilot. The airplane was not under control anymore and it crashed.

As a result of the accident, no passenger or crew members survived. The crash took 102 lives.