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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Saturday, September 12, 2015

{Our Visit to September 11 Memorial in New York City}

Of course, when we got on our New York See It All Tour,  with OnBoard Tours, we also did visit the September 11 Memorial. 
This is at the South Pool, where one of the Twin Towers used to be.
Not exactly the same size, as it is about 31% smaller than the towers' actual footprints. 
Just click the above link...
But still, it is an impressive sight with their 176 square foot presence! Or 16.35 square meters.
Here you see the 4 World Trade Center, right behind the South Pool.
Husband Pieter stands at the North Pool...
It is so impressive and so overwhelming when one thinks about all those souls that lost their life on 9/11 and before... and so many rescue workers, who lost their lives.
It makes it into a kind of a sacred ground!
9/11 by the Numbers... you can click this link for the statistics.
All those names are inscribed in bronze on parapets surrounding the twin Memorial pools.
Learn How the Names are Arranged just click the link.
Two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools with more than 400 trees surrounding them.
Here Pieter stands near the Callery Pear Tree, that is called The Survivor Tree as a  living reminder of resilience, survival and rebirth.
It got severely damaged and burned but after its recovery and rehabilitation, it got planted back in 2010. Click the above link for the full story.
One can only admire the strength of any living creation on this planet!
We both loved to wear our caps on this very sunny short vacation in NYC.
With its branches stretched out and wounds healed, it seems to look quite happy here!

We did not have time for visiting the Memorial Museum as the bus went on after this stop.
But we both appreciate very much for having been here in person!
May God bless the many souls that lost their lives and also protect us from anything like this.

Related link:
Official 9/11 Memorial Museum Tribute In Time-Lapse 2004-2014 - 2.5 minute YouTube video
Clydesdale Horses showing us respect in a Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial - Done for the 10th Anniversary and we can all learn from them!


  1. Dearest Mariette,
    thank you for those impressive pictures!
    Happy weekend to you and Pieter,
    Love and hugs, Claudia xo

  2. Everyone who has mentioned going has said it was a moving experience to be there. I've never been to NYC. Only Upstate New York which is lovely.

  3. Liebe Mariette,
    an diesem Tag habe ich von Zuhause auf dem Sofa dieses schlimme Ereignis mitbekommen.
    Eine schöne Gedenkstätte hat New York erschaffen.

    Alles Liebe

  4. Hello Mariette, I am sure that it was an honor for you and Pieter to gaze into the memorial and reflect that despite various real problems, America still has an amazing degree of individual freedom and opportunity.

  5. Hello Mariette!
    I truly enjoyed this lovely post giving a good idea of what replaces now the twin towers.
    That pear tree is quite a symbol indeed, let's hope it will live for a very long time!
    You both look so well!!!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  6. Liebe Mariette,

    das ist wieder ein besonders schöner Post, der viel Freude schenkt.
    Sonnige Grüße

  7. Derest Mariette,
    I never know of Trade center,Somany reacue warkers it makes of sacred ground who lost their lives.
    surounding the twin memorial people , more 4-0 trees.
    Piter's was survivor tree and both loved very Sunny short vacation in Nyc. also South pool memoriel museum north pool too.
    I played my golf but still so wet in the glands not so goody yet!
    I hope our friend Miyako san everything ok.
    Hugs and Love both of you!

  8. Indrukwekkend monument, zo mooi gemaakt. Bomen zijn vaker de enige overlevers, bij de vliegtuigramp in de Bijlmermeer in 1992 is ook een boom blijven staan en nu een monument geworden "de boom die alles zag" wordt hij genoemd.

  9. It must have been quite emotional to visit such a memorial to all those who lost their lives in this tragic attack.
    I like the fact that pear tree survived and has been replanted by the memorial.

  10. Thank you for sharing this memorial. The only way I will ever see. Such a terrible waste of lives.

  11. Dear Mariette,
    Son Carl and I spent four days in NYC last month ~ being the retired travel professional, I orchestrated a great time for us. A Broadway show ("Beautiful"), a Yankees/Red Sox baseball game, Top of the Rock, Today Show, Shopping at Macy's Herald Square, four hour long Sopranos Tour, people-watching, walking, navigating the subway system ~~ and the highlight of our trip, the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Carl gets quite emotional when faced with anything pertaining to that day, we had to sidestep the room with all of the photos of the deceased, he just could not do it. But, all in all it was a rewarding day because it reinforced for both of us the sacrifices so many made, the horror, the pain, the aftermath.

    Take good care,

  12. I didn't know about the survivor tree. It must give hope and courage for many people.
    It's wonderful you got to visit the site..and what a beautiful memorial. Prayers for the souls who lost their precious lives and everyone who were affected.
    Have a happy weekend, Mariette!

  13. I knew World Trade Center. I can´t belive I was up the towers. When I watch they was going down, I thout it was a wrong joke Today September 11 th all my love for the victims and families.
    Sending hugs dear Mariette.

  14. Dearest Mariette
    11 September always feels like a sad day.
    I've never been to New York but I would very much like to go there.
    Have a nice weekend

  15. Dearest Mariette
    I can imagine what a poignant moment that was.
    We had programs about the tragic day of 9/11 on several channels last night - we watched the one on History.
    Seeing it again was sheer terror and unbelievable that such a thing could happen in our world.

    You both look so good!
    Shane x

  16. In was there three years ago. A very sobering visit.

  17. Liebe Mariette,
    wir waren ein paar Tage im Elsass - daher habe auch ich keine Blogs besuchen können -

    es war ein ganz schreckliches Ereignis am 11. September - die ganze Welt hat es nicht
    begreifen können - so viel Leid ist entstanden - so viele Kinder sind Waise geworden -
    auch heute noch unbegreiflich und schrecklich -

    dein Peter und du ihr seid wirklich sehr sympathische Menschen -

    habt eine wundervolle Zeit miteinander -

    herzliche Grüße - Ruth

  18. Un giorno che MAI potrò dimenticare, un evento che ha cambiato per sempre la storia del mondo intero. Vedere queste immagini mi ha fatto stringere il cuore.....Un bacio. Paola

  19. Lieve Mariette ....
    dat was een vreselijke dag ..11 september ...en nog hebben somige mensen
    er niks van geleerd ..hellaas gaat het terreur gewoon door (syrie)..
    ik hoop dat er ooit een einde aan komt en vrede over de hele wereld komt ..
    veel liefs ....en een fijne zondag

  20. Dearest Mariette, here I am back again trying to catch up with my blogger friends!
    Yesterday was a very sad day and I guess it will always be for many years to come.
    One year and one day before 9/11, i.e. on 9/10/2000, I was visiting the Twin Towers, with my son and some colleagues, and we were taking lots of photos under the Towers.
    We had been so impressed! And we also bought some souvenir T-shirts of the Towers to remind us of our visit. I do not know if I could go and visit the memorial...it would be very hard!
    Many hugs!!!!

  21. -`✺´-
    Imagens emocionantes.

    Que seu fim de semana seja doce e
    cheio de surpresas agradáveis!

  22. Dear Mariette,
    By reading your post, I remember of that tragic day,September 11.
    Hope such a sad event will never be repeated in the world. You and your husband look fine!
    Enjoy your day!


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