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21. June 2015 11:07
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Phuket - Elephant ride

21. June 2015 11:07 by Rene Pallesen | 0 Comments

One morning we went on an elephant ride with the family.Kim had been on elephant rides before and is
One morning we went on an elephant ride with the family.

Kim had been on elephant rides before and is terrified, but she was still brave enough to do it again (She was screaming that she wanted to get off most of the way).






It was an amazing experience for the Kids.









They got to see the big animals up close.


























20. June 2015 08:07
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Phuket - Kata Beach

20. June 2015 08:07 by Rene Pallesen | 0 Comments

One one of the first days we went to the beach at Kata. The hotel had a shuttle bus to the beach whi
One one of the first days we went to the beach at Kata. The hotel had a shuttle bus to the beach which was an easy 10 minutes walk away.

The beach was actually surprisingly nice with warm water.



About two months ago a sailing boat stranded on the beach during a storm. No one has claimed the boat and a few attempts of lifting it off the beach has failed.



We told the kids that it was a pirate ship, so they wanted to have a closer look.











Kims dad didn't want to go in the water, but decided to keep to his thing with wearing warm clothes in hot humid weather.






19. June 2015 08:26
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Phuket – Travelling

19. June 2015 08:26 by Rene Pallesen | 0 Comments

This year we traveled to Phuket in Thailand along with Kim's sisters family and her dad. We had t

This year we traveled to Phuket in Thailand along with Kim's sisters family and her dad.

We had to fly via Bangkok, so we were a bit worried how the kids would handle the long flight (especially Lucas), but everyone handled it reasonably well.

The boys were very excited to be going on a big aeroplane.

 

Once we arrived to Bangkok it was pretty obvious to see that they were very excited.










The only thing that never made it all the way to the hotel was our stroller. We lost it somewhere between Phuket airport and the hotel...but wasn't a big loss and hopefully someone puts it to goo local use.

4. May 2015 12:05
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Kenya Camping

4. May 2015 12:05 by Rene Pallesen | 0 Comments

In Kenya we would just camp somewhere in the bush whenever we went out on safari. In the evening we
In Kenya we would just camp somewhere in the bush whenever we went out on safari. In the evening we would sit around a camp fire and on more than one occasion were we visited by lions either wandering past or approaching the camp site at night.

One night my mum woke up with a lion starring into the tent and we had paw prints on the car next to the tent.

 






































Some of the sights were truly amazing such as the extinct volcanoes.



Or Lake paradise in Marsabit in the middle of the desert.




Or lake Nakuru with all the flamingoes (and as I discovered, ancle deep poo).



And the locals were always friendly.




4. May 2015 12:05
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France 1983

4. May 2015 12:05 by Rene Pallesen | 0 Comments

When I was a kid we spent a lot of time in southern Europe.In 1983 I went with my mum and dad throug
When I was a kid we spent a lot of time in southern Europe.

In 1983 I went with my mum and dad through France and through Avignon.

We were camping on the opposite side of the river just where the half bridge would have met the other bank.



One night there was a firework and we got showered in debris from the exploded rockets.





19. February 2015 14:02
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Kenya Tribes

19. February 2015 14:02 by Rene Pallesen | 0 Comments

It was a privilege to live in Kenya during the 80's. Much of the the country had seen very few (if a
It was a privilege to live in Kenya during the 80's. Much of the the country had seen very few (if any) white people.

So, everywhere that we went we seemed to be the main attraction (especially me and my brother with our blonde hair).

To be honest I can't identify all the tribes anymore, but I know that a lot of them are from Samburu, Turkana and the northern part of Kenya.

I suspect that if you went to those areas today then they would all be wearing T-Shirts.
















































































































































































22. November 2014 16:11
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Daydream island

22. November 2014 16:11 by Rene Pallesen | 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago we went to Daydream island in the Whitsunday islands at great barrier reef.Thi
A couple of weeks ago we went to Daydream island in the Whitsunday islands at great barrier reef.

This was a great opportunity to check out some of the natural beauties...





...such as Whitehaven beach.











We spent a lot of time playing at the pool and at the beach.





The resort has a massive inland lagoon with lots of stingrays and sharks that the kids loved.






Aiden and Lucas were allowed to touch some of them including this live shark.



and stingrays and star fish.










And on the island there were lots of kangaroos.



A beautiful place.





And I did have time to do a bit of creative shooting.





Eventually it was time to say goodbye to the island with a vulcan salute.





26. August 2013 10:35
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Aiden in Fiji

26. August 2013 10:35 by Rene Pallesen | 0 Comments

aiden in fiji


Aiden is a bit of a worry...although he is a social kid he is quite scared of a lot of things and requires a lot of help doing things.

Because he has been delayed on a lot of fronts including his comprehension he would like to play with the other kids but doesn't understand the games they are playing.

This means that he in a lot of cases finds comfort just playing by himself rather than with the other kids.





It does mean that whenever they have group games then he will require someone who can give him step by step instructions until he understands the game.



Mind you when he does find someone who is interested in playing the games he does understand then it is great to see.





26. August 2013 09:54
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Fiji 2013

26. August 2013 09:54 by Rene Pallesen | 0 Comments

fiji 2013


Last week we made the trip to Fiji with the kids.

Kim is just about to finish her maternity leave and my work asked me to reduce my accumulated annual leave days by taking some time off so we decided to go away for a week.

We stayed at the Hilton close to Nadi (we found it too far to travel with the kids to the coral coast). This is the view from our room.




Aiden and Lucas had lots of fun playing on the balcony (Lucas enjoyed throwing toys off the balcony).



And we did spend some time in the sand as well.





And trying to teach Lucas to walk (he can almost stand by himself now).



But all the swimming was done in the swimming pool at the hotel.



We didn't venture out much, but on most of the evenings we would walk over to the local Marina to eat (the food was better and cheaper).



One day we hired a nanny to look after Lucas (with little success as they were unable to feed him and settle him, so we still had to be there).

2. May 2013 09:16
by Rene Pallesen
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Countries I have been to

2. May 2013 09:16 by Rene Pallesen | 0 Comments

countries i have been to 61


I just updated the map of the countries I have set my foot in...now 66 countries.





AfricaRene(68)KimAidenLucas
Kenya YES


Tanzania YES


Uganda YES


Egypt YES


Tunesia YES


Morocco YES


Gambia YES


Senegal YES


South Africa YES YES YES YES
Zimbabwe YES YES YES YES
Zambia YES YES YES YES
Europe



Turkey YES


Spain YES YES

France YES YES

Swizerland YES YES

Austria YES YES

Greece YES YES

Italy YES


Lictenstein YES


Vatican YES YES

Yougoslavia YES


Croatia YES YES YES
Slovenia YES YES YES
Bosnia YES YES YES
Montenegro YES YES YES
Poland YES


East Germany YES


West Germany YES YES YES
Belgium YES YES

Holland YES YES

Denmark YES YES YES
Sweden YES


Norway YES


Finland YES


Portugal YES


Luxenbourg YES


San Marino YES


Monaco YES YES

Cyprus YES


Hungary (YES) (YES) (YES)
United Kingdom YES YES (YES)
Americas



USA YES YES

Canada YES


Mexico YES YES

Chile YES YES

Peru YES YES

Bolivia YES YES

Argentina YES


Brasil YES YES

Asia



Japan YES


Russia YES


Malaysia YES YES

Thailand YES YES YES YES
Singapore YES YES (YES)
Cambodia YES


Laos YES YES YES YES
Phillipines YES YES YES YES
Burma/Myanmar YES


Hong Kong YES


Yemen YES


Qatar YES


Indonesia YES YES

Diego Garcia
YES

Vietnam
YES

India
YES

Australia/Pacific



Australia YES YES YES YES
New Zealand YES (YES) (YES) (YES)
New Caledonia YES YES YES
French Polynesia (Tahiti / Bora Bora) YES YES YES (YES)
Vanuatu YES YES YES YES
Fiji YES YES YES YES