sunday post : VALUABLE

I copied this from Jakesprinter:

Precious, expensive, costly, priceless, important, dear having considerable monetary worth, costing or bringing a high price like a valuable painting, a valuable crop having qualities worthy of respect, admiration, or esteem: a valuable friend. or considerable use, service, or importance: valuable information. these are a few words how to define Valuable.

I experienced some very precious moments a few weeks ago on visiting the city Gent in Belgium.

A big part of the South-African population has ancestors from Europe.  The Dutch once governed over the Cape of Good Hope with a halfway station to the Far East situated there. There was the arrival of the French Huguenots and later under British ruling a group of British Settlers also arrived in this distant part of Africa. There are a huge variety surnames from different countries,  German, Portuguese, Greek,  French, English, Scottish  etc.

Unfortunately those people did not keep proper tract of our heritage, specially if you were of little importance. One of the few references I could get of my ancestors with my maiden name was the following:

They departed from Gent as  “domestiques” in the party of an affluent  gentleman named Jacques de Savoye on the 29th of January 1688 on the ship Oosterlandt and reached their destination on the 25th of April 1688.

That morning when I wandered through the historic part of Gent and realised that their feet might have fell on same places as mine, it became a very precious moment to me.

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31 Kommentaar (+add yours?)

  1. MaanKind
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 17:01:57

    Dis lieflik daar!

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  2. SimplySage
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 17:30:11

    Beautiful post. Honors the past.
    Peace,
    Alexandria

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  3. Marion Driessen
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 17:47:51

    Gent is a beautiful city, Rosa. Valuable in history.

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  4. Northern Narratives
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 18:23:19

    Great post.

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  5. melouisef
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 19:43:12

    Baie interessant, het Jacques toe ‘n wynplaas begin?

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    • Rosa
      Jul 02, 2012 @ 19:51:44

      The first owner of Vrede en Lust, Jacques de Savoye, contributed greatly to the development of the Drakenstein wine valley. The De Savoye family arrived in the Cape 321 years ago and was granted Vrede en Lust by the then governor, Simon Van Der Stel, shortly after arrival.

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  6. scrapydo
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 19:47:04

    Dit is n belewenis om op plekke of langs strate te loop waar eeue gelede ook mense geloop het.

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  7. Jo Bryant
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 20:20:03

    beautiful images…and I love the feeling you expressed about your ancestors treading where you were

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  8. jakesprinter
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 21:28:06

    Great place with valuable history ,I love it my friend🙂

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  9. restlessjo
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 09:02:53

    Nice to make a connection with this lovely place.

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  10. frizztext
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 11:09:38

    beste Rosa, maxie die hexi,
    thank you for your roots-story
    http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/story-challenge-letter-a/#comment-21106
    groetjes van frizztext / fritstekst

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  11. adinparadise
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 13:23:34

    What lovely photos. Thanks for showing us your precious moments.😉

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  12. rondomtaliedraai
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 16:14:34

    Jy word al hoe ouliker…

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  13. campanulladellaanna
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 16:55:48

    @Rosa, thank you so much for this sharing.😛

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  14. Zirkie
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 19:11:30

    Uitstekende pos!! So jammer dat ons geskiedenis nie altyd behoue gebly het nie!

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  15. Inside the Mind of Isadora
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 12:07:52

    love the architecture … wonderful entries for the challenge.
    very nice

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  16. fgassette
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 15:18:33

    Love your journey to historical past to experience your roots. The photos are beautiful giving you lasting memories. A very valuable experience. Thanks for sharing.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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