Saturday, 9 May 2015

A Real Noah's Ark - It's How Big?




Yes I really do love arks and collect pictures, ornaments and some jewellery

                                        all to do with Noah's Ark.


But this time

          this Ark was going to be completely different.




I looked forward to this day all the time I lived in Belgium.

Having found out about this from the internet I wanted to get a time when all five of us would be together and could go see the Ark Replica.

This was a scale model of Noah's Ark and not just one that you could put on display inside a museum or exhibition this was one you could actually go inside of yourself because it was so large.

The Best time to go see it was while we were living in Belgium because this Ark was in The Netherlands.  The replica was moved from port area to port area all around the coast of The Netherlands so I really wanted to find a time to go see it when it was in the South West because that would mean a shorter distance for us to drive from Tervuren through the north of Belgium and into the southern area of our northern neighbour, in the part actually named Holland.



In 2010 we really had to make this happen because before the end of that year we knew we would be returning to Northern Ireland and in August all three kids came back to visit at the same time as the Ark was going to be in a place called Vlissingen which would be very accessible for a day trip.

You can imagine how excited I was to be going there and even more so because we would all be together.




Fred is so good and has always accepted the fact that I would have different "Ark Decor" around the house and the kids have often laughed and guessed that perhaps a new thing I may have got would have something to do with an Ark and occasionally they were wrong!

But I must admit I do like it when my family humour me.


It was a beautiful day for the drive and for wandering around the Ark.


Naturally because Noah's Ark had been a Safe Haven during the flood for animals as well as Noah's family we were bound to meet a selection of animals in this Ark.




But there were other things to be found inside as well which would not have been in the original Ark such as a representation of the Ark of the Covenant.




And a large mural on one of the walls depicting the creatures that would not have been within the Ark.



This was in the process of being created while we were there and we had the opportunity to watch the artist at work.




After we went home I realised from the pictures we had taken that rather appropriately we had a picture of Fred with the baby giraffe - tall and thin





and me with the baby elephants (no comments here please!)




There was no set tour around the Ark but everyone was left to walk around as they pleased with some guidance from information on the different items and some videos. 

We were able to take our time and stay as long as we liked.

There was a small cafe area with a view out of the Ark 




and we were also able to go up on the deck of the Ark and look around from there.




On the way out there was a shop with Ark toys, books, bookmarks, etc. and jewellery.

So you may have guessed that I could not resist leaving with out another momento, yes I got a nice Ark necklace.

We were still in no hurry to leave and stood around taking pictures of us and the ark and even Daniel (not a photo lover) had his phone out to take some pics which he then used some filters on and put up on instagram.





It was a fun relaxed day out together at a very unusual exhibition and we all enjoyed it.




  The Ark was very large but was not the exact measurements of the original.

Since then the same people who created this one have worked on a full size replica and have plans to take it around the world.

If you would like to have more information about this you can watch the video below




and you will also find details at their website

Arc of Noah



22 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a great day out!

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  2. Wow! I didn't know about this! We live in France so this will be a great family trip. :-)

    (Cracking up about your giraffe and elephant comment - we are, ahem, similarly situated.

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  3. What a wonderful outing for all your family to enjoy. So glad you bought an ark necklace for yourself. Somehow I figure that God made a way for every creature on earth, except those in the sea, could find a shelter in the ark. May we find that shelter in his ark of peace and joy when ever a storm comes our way. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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  4. Wow, this is amazing... I would love to visit someday! I am in Canada so it would be a bit of a journey (so say the least :P) but it looks amazing! I haven't seen anything even remotely similar to this before! Thanks for sharing this hidden treasure with us and thanks for joining the Link-It To Me Link Up Party this week, I hope you are back to party with us next week :)

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  5. I really liked your pictures! Thank you for sharing. What a nice trip!

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  6. I've seen much of this on TV issues for years and years. I'm a Noah addict, and I sure want to meet him when I'm in heaven. I've loved seeing the animals and the birds and everything else. What a blessing to see you and yours seeing what you could...I've wanted to, but it ain't in my area. Oh, well.... Bless you.

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  7. Oh how awesome is that! What a great way to spend some time with family.

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  8. What a fun day! Thanks for sharing and linking up again at #JoyHopeLive. I look forward to reading your contribution next week.

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  9. Girraffes and elephants, eh? That is me and my husband! He is tall and lean and I am short and stout! Hehehe. Thank you for sharing this at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

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  10. what a fun family day out and a really interesting place to visit. #MagicMoments

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  11. What an exciting trip!! This is something my husband and I would enjoy very much! Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! ;)

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  12. Love family outings where everyone is together. Your kids must have had some cool ark toys growing up. Linking from Women with Intention.

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  13. Such a fun trip for you! I'm glad you were able to go as a group.

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  14. Oh my goodness, I would love to take my children on that field trip! (the full size replica) I will have to look it up and see where it is. :)

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  15. Oh how I would love to visit the Netherlands to see this....but it is really far from Pennsylvania USA! I'll have to put it on my bucket list!

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  16. I am from Holland, but whenever we visit there's not enough time to see all of our family and friends, so something like this is sqeezed out - just have to put it on our agenda one of the next times!

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  17. Wonderful post and photos for N ~ Happy Family photos too!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  18. I love Noah's Ark. I have a large print in my livingroom of a famous version of it. I just think it is so nice. And, this wonderful experience you had with your family - that is beyond words! What a fantastic family memory you have here, with photos (and a necklace) to remember it by. WONDERFUL N post!!!

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  19. That's certainly an extremely big ark which you visited :)

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  20. What a cool ark, Sandra!

    Looks like your whole family enjoyed this trip!

    I came over today on Social Butterfly.

    Hope you have a blessed day~
    Melanie

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  21. How cool, and absolutely gorgeous. It looks like it was a fun day out with the family! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! This is also going on our Family Bucket List! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

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