Boeing 747 and Airbus A380: The last giant jets in the sky

TA lot of onlookers were standing at Narita Airport near Tokyo when a huge airplane from Europe floated in for the first time in spring 2019, painted in a funny turtle design. When the Japanese All Nippon Airlines (ANA) offered its first scheduled flight with this jet shortly afterwards, it was sold out in no time. The airline called its new A380 “Flying Honu”, named after an endangered sea turtle in Hawaii. The fans stood upside down, had themselves photographed in front of the giant plane before the first flight with A380 models or with turtle actors in kitschy costumes.

The Airbus A380, the largest airliner in the world, has always sparked enthusiasm among passengers and airplane fans, since its first flight with paying guests in 2007 with Singapore Airlines. ANA was the last of 15 airlines to get their A380 – that was just over a year ago.


Israel and the Arab countries will they reconcile?

ANALYSIS – Their rapprochement has progressed spectacularly with the agreement to normalize Israeli-UAE relations. A treaty should be signed soon at the White House.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on August 30 in Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on August 30 in Jerusalem. POOL/REUTERS

Correspondent in Jerusalem

The agreement negotiated by Washington, in order to establish a complete normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been described by Donald Trump as “huge step forward“. Obtained in exchange for Benyamin Netanyahu’s renunciation of his promise to annex part of the occupied West Bank, it constitutes a diplomatic success for the American president launched in an electoral campaign with an uncertain outcome. It is also creating an unprecedented deal in geostrategic rivalries between the Gulf countries, Iran, Turkey and Qatar. And it benefits Israel, which can boast of ratifying a pact with an Arab country without going through the precondition of a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Iran warns of “a dangerous future” for the pact between Israel and Emirates

The Corps of the Guardians of the Iranian Revolution warned the US yesterday of “a dangerous future” after the pact reached between Israel and the United Arab Emirates last Thursday to normalize their relations and which in turn entails the commitment of the Hebrew State to suspend the annexation of the West Bank for the time being. “This measure will not only not serve the interests of the Zionist regime, but it will nullify the dream of a new Middle East, and will await a dangerous future for the United States and the supporters of the agreement,” warned this elite body.

The guardians of the revolution described Israeli-Emirati relations as “a strategic error, a historical stupidity and a poisoned dagger in the body of the Islamic community”. The note further notes that this “treacherous act will not only not be an achievement for the triangle of the United States, the Zionist regime and Al-Saud (the Saudi dynasty)”, but will destroy “the inalienable rights of the Palestinians.”

“Sooner or later, the rulers of the United Arab Emirates will have to await the decisive and instructive response of the people of this country to the historical humiliation caused by the stupidity of their leaders in unveiling the normalization agreement with usurper Israel,” they added.

To much critics

Meanwhile, many citizens of the Persian Gulf view with deep concern the host to a long-standing enemy. Yesterday, residents of countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman again showed their reluctance towards the pact. In fact, on social media, the label “Normalization is treason” was a trend throughout the region.

Nor is the pact being anything easy to digest by the Jewish settlers and the Israeli nationalist right, which demands to replace the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. “It is terrible that he has not seized the moment or had the courage to apply sovereignty even on one centimeter of our land, but sovereignty will come,” Naftali Bennet, leader of the ultranationalist Yamina party, said yesterday.


Emirates leaves the country and there are already four airlines that leave their local operation | Business Opening

A new airline abandons its operations in the country after the pandemic. Emirates airline ratified that it will cease its commercial activity in Argentina indefinitely and will begin a voluntary retirement plan for its employees in the country.

With no intention of making special flights, The Dubai-based firm will await the reopening of tourist trips to reconsider its local agenda. Its roadmap connected Argentina with the United Arab Emirates with stopovers at the airports of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, thus consolidating itself as an alternative to travel to the East as well as to the Rio de Janeiro country.

Following Emirates’ decision, they are four high-level international companies that leave their structure in Argentina, especially in a context where the global crisis in the aeronautical industry that unleashed the coronavirus pandemic forced companies in the sector to reduce costs and close operations with low or zero profitability.

At the end of April it was Air New Zealand’s turn, which closed local offices and canceled its service between Buenos Aires and Auckland until 2021, at least. “Argentina was a challenge before the pandemic and we do not expect the market to recover quickly,” said Nick Judd, the company’s head of Alliances, Strategy and Network.

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They demand the payment of interest for US $ 900,000 that the company should have fulfilled on August 18. They allege that the developer illegally converted negotiable obligations into shares. The company clarified to the CNV that it had not yet been notified of the existence of the lawsuit, or of the reason or amount of the claim


In June, it was the turn of LATAM Airlines, also driven by a political and union framework, which converged with the pandemic when defining the exit from the country. This week Qatar Airways, with 20% of LATAM’s share capital, confirmed that it will stop flying to Argentina “due to the global impact of Covid-19 and the negative conditions in the current market.”

The Government, meanwhile, did not give clear signals about the reestablishment of commercial flights domestically and internationally. Just days before September 1, the date set for the reopening, the return to activities is practically ruled out.

“You cannot talk about flight rehabilitation in a normal way,” said the Minister of Transport, Mario Meoni, in mid-August, which assured that decisions “are made according to how the pandemic evolves.”

“What we are doing is authorizing special flights, for all those people who can move for work reasons or because they have been stranded in a place far from their home,” added the head of Transportation.

The Minister of Transport, Mario Meoni, together with Matías Lammens, head of the Tourism and Sports portfolio

The low cost alert

The outlook for Flybondi and JetSmart is uncertain. Without knowing what will happen to the El Palomar Airport and the lack of predictability about the return to activities, the low-cost airlines confirm that the context is “almost unsustainable.”

“Flybondi’s economy went into injury time”, alerted Mauricio Sana, CCO and interim CEO of the airline during a webinar organized by the specialized portal AviaciónOnline.

“We were looking forward to reaching September 1, but there are just a few days left and there are no precise signals. For now, we have no confirmations. Predictability is needed for the operation,” he added Gonzalo perez corral, head of JetSmart in the country.

The request for definitions did not only come from companies. The unions that group low cost employees issued a statement where criticized the “passive attitude” of Minister Meoni. “The flights could return in 60, 120 or 180 days. These deadlines could mean the disappearance of the airline industry,” they confirmed from the union associations.


The Béziers rugby club will not be bought by the UAE

The case seemed folded. The legendary Béziers rugby club, eleven times champion of France and currently in the second division (Pro D2), was to be bought by a group of UAE investors led by former international Christophe Dominici. But after a new unfavorable opinion from the DNACG (National Direction of Assistance and Management Control), potential buyers finally announced Monday, July 13 their withdrawal.

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“While we had provided, within limited and constrained deadlines, all the elements requested, and that we legitimately believed that all the signals were green, we received an arrow obliging the DNACG not to be able to give its immediate agreement and having as a first consequence of not carrying out the necessary recruitment on time to give Béziers back its true place in French rugby ”, said a statement released by the Sotaco group, which represented UAE investors.

A legendary French rugby club

“We leave sad and we know that the heart of the Béziers bleeds and cries … ours too because the magic of a project has died out today”, continues the press release, putting a definitive end to a soap opera that has lasted since mid-May.

The club with eleven French league titles had long seemed to be ready to pass under the Emirati flag. But, at the end of June, the Hérault formation announced that René Bouscatel, former president of the Toulouse Stadium, would become the new boss at the heart of a counter-project led by Louis-Pierre Angelotti, the main shareholder.

The Bouscatel-Angelotti duo had made an about-face a few days later and the ASBH had entered “Exclusive negotiations” with UAE investors.

In the Dominici clan, we assure to have brought the necessary parts “In a very short time since the memorandum of understanding was only signed on July 6”. Insufficient for the financial gendarme who challenged the UAE case, ensuring, according to a source close to the case, not to have received enough guarantees.

Insufficient solvency, according to the DNAGC

The company Passion d’Ovalie, majority shareholder of the club, reacted by being surprised that Philippe Baillard, representative of Sotaco Management, mentioned an arrow received, “Whereas, contrary to what could be reported in the press, the parties have worked hard, in perfect and totally transparent cooperation”.

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“This cooperation made it possible on July 6 to sign an agreement to transfer the club, with financing thereof by seller credit avoiding any financing problem for buyers. And contrary to what has been implied, no condition, guarantee or other request has been formulated since ”.

The DNACG having judged the elements of solvency provided by the company Sotaco Management as insufficient, “The sale of the club has therefore not failed by a refusal of the current shareholders or, as mentioned, by a last minute requirement, but only because of the prudential rules of the DNACG”, adds Passion d’Ovalie.

The ASBH will have to pass the DNACG on Thursday and could risk administrative relegation. Unless, as a source familiar with the matter explained, the organization is lenient because of the length of the negotiations.


Israel stops annexation of the West Bank in exchange for peace with the United Arab Emirates

The “deal of the century” announced yesterday by Donald Trump has not brought peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but the US president surprised the world by announcing another “historic peace deal”, this time between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Supreme Deputy Commander of the United Arab Emirates, spoke today (yesterday) and agreed to the complete normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates,” the text of a pact includes The first consequence of which is that the Jewish state halts, for the moment, its plan to annex the West Bank.

In Israel the news was welcomed in the hope that it would be the first step towards new agreements with other Arab countries, but the Palestinians rejected normalization and described the pact as a “stab in the back.” In the general picture of the Middle East, it represents a step forward in the anti-Iran axis led by Trump, which is marked somewhat diplomatic in the absence of three months before the US elections where the polls do not leave him in a good place. In fact, the president took advantage of the announcement to advance that “if I win the elections I will have an agreement with Iran in 30 days.”

If the agreed roadmap goes ahead, the Emirates will be the third Arab country to normalize its relations after Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1984) and will open the doors of the Persian Gulf to Israel. The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, compared this day precisely with those that marked the agreements with Egyptians and Jordanians and said that he hopes it is “the promise of a better future for the region.”

Domestic speeches

The Israeli issue is very sensitive in the Arab world and the Emirati authorities announced it in their media as “an agreement to stop the annexation of Palestinian territories”, in exchange for “cooperation to establish bilateral relations,” according to the Twitter messages of the Prince Mohamed. Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash also gave a reading in Palestinian code and considered this decision as “a courageous step to reach a two-state solution, allowing time for negotiations.” Stopping annexation, however, does not mean the end of settlement expansion, which is why the Palestinians decided to suspend dialogue with Israel.


In favor – Sum of wills:

After Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1984), the Emirates will be the third Arab country to normalize its relations with Israel, to which it opens the doors of the Persian Gulf.


“It is the promise of a better future for the region,” according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.


“This is an opening for peace in the region,” says Netanyahu.

Against – Treason:

The Palestinians consider the pact to be “a betrayal” and a “stab in the back”.


The Islamist movement says it represents a “blank check” to go ahead with “the Israeli occupation” and the “denial of the rights of the Palestinian people.”

The issue of annexation is also sensitive in Israel and that is why Netanyahu offered a more softened speech domestically. In the Hebrew version of the communiqué of the agreement, the prime minister winked at settlers and ultra-nationalist Jews, who were anxiously awaiting annexation and called him a “traitor” after learning of the pact, and told them that “everything will come in due course.” . The same message that he transmitted in his televised speech to the nation in which he spoke of a “temporary suspension” of annexation. This decision gives the politician something in the face of the international community and Trump, but it supposes the fierce criticism of this sector of the population that has increasing weight in the Israel of the 21st century. Settler leader Naftali Bennet lamented that Israel misses “the opportunity of the century.”

Trump’s son-in-law and adviser for the Middle East, Jared Kushner, also offered his reading of the facts and expressed his hope that “once the Israelis are not going to take the provocative step of annexation, the Palestinians return to the table of negotiation”.

For Netanyahu, as for Trump, it is “historic” and for his Foreign Minister, Gabi Azkhenazi, it is the key that will offer “opportunities for future deals.” Relations with the Emirates were very close and this agreement makes official a normalization that was unofficial, a situation similar to that experienced with other countries such as Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain. On the other side of this Persian Gulf, in Iran, the Tasnim agency, linked to the Guardians of the Revolution, described the situation as “shameful”.

“Doesn’t help the cause”

The columnist for the newspaper ‘Haaretz’, Anshel Pfeffer, pointed out that “for thirty years the Israeli left and the international community have repeated that Israel would only have relations with the Arab world only if it recognized the Palestinian state. The Arab world has shown them that this is not the case.


Benjamin Netanyahu – Prime Minister of Israel.

“It is a complete agreement, with exchanges of ambassadors and of a commercial nature. Emirates is going to invest large sums »

Donald Trump – President of EE UU.

“If I win the elections, I will have a pact with Iran in thirty days”

Although the Emirates are selling the agreement as a step forward for the Palestinians, it is clear that they did not consult with the Ramallah authorities before sealing it. “The UAE has exposed its secret-normalization deals with Israel. Please don’t do us a favor. We are not anyone’s fig leaf, ”wrote Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), on social media. The Palestinian authorities accused the Emirates of “treason” and asked the rest of the Arab countries not to follow in their footsteps.

Hazem Qasem, a Hamas spokesman, told AFP that “we reject and condemn this agreement. It does not help the Palestinian cause but is seen as the continuation of the denial of the rights of the Palestinian people. The Islamists, together with the Islamic Jihad, used the expression “stab in the back” to describe the step taken by the Emirates. Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al Sisi, however, welcomed the pact, which “represents another step towards regional stability and prosperity.”


United Arab Emirates and Israel formalize economic cooperation

This is the first concrete translation of the announcement of normalization between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The two countries said on Thursday August 13 that they will sign an agreement, the first between a Gulf country and the Hebrew state. But already, an entrepreneur living in the United Arab Emirates can now reach an Israeli interlocutor by phone., and reciprocally. This direct line should facilitate economic cooperation between the two countries.

Economic relations kept secret

Until Thursday, August 13, the two countries officially had no diplomatic relations and a fortiori, economic. The United Arab Emirates, members of the Arab League since its creation in 1971, had to obey the “boycott” of products and services from Israel. But in fact, economic cooperation already existed, subject to an iron secret. “Through foreign affiliates, Israeli companies had been working in Dubai for several years. There were already all kinds of exchanges going through third countries ” advances Jacques Bendelac, teacher-researcher in Jerusalem.

In 2012, the site dedicated to intelligence questions Intelligence Online estimated at 300 million dollars (252 million euros) the total of secret exchanges between the two countries, particularly in the security sector. The article cited as an example a large contract between Abu Dhabi and the Israeli drone company, Aeronautics Defense Systems. In recent years, common mistrust of Iran and its nuclear program has brought the two countries closer together.

A “win-win” agreement

Gradually, these cooperations have therefore emerged from the shadows, until they have become an open secret. In June, the UAE news agency WAM confirmed the signing of a scientific cooperation agreement between two private companies in the Emirates and two Israeli companies. “To develop research and technology to combat the Covid-19 epidemic”. The Dubai World Expo scheduled for October – canceled due to the coronavirus – was to host an Israeli pavilion.

« The United Arab Emirates has money to invest. Israel has technological expertise. The two countries will mutually benefit from these resources. »Jacques Bendelac analyzes. The Gulf countries, at 7e world rank of oil producers, seeks to diversify its investments and focuses on the new technology sector, which is precisely one of the strengths of the Israeli economy. The Hebrew state is indeed very advanced in fields such as cybersecurity, medical technologies or artificial intelligence.

→ DEBATE. Have Arab countries abandoned the Palestinian cause?

The UAE wants to benefit from this dynamism and the first-mover advantage in this market – or “pioneer advantage” – if Israel signs similar agreements with other countries in the Arabian Peninsula.

The economy at the heart of the agreement

For Denis Charbit, professor at the Open University of Israel, the economic aspect of the agreement is even the only one where there is a “Unambiguous convergence of interests Between the parties. ” The economy is the heart of the agreement », He believes. He compares : ” With Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994, Israel signed peace accords. Economic exchanges were only a collateral aspect. Whereas with the Emirates, it is a standardization agreement: we renounce hypocrisy and give legitimacy to exchanges. “

Denis Charbit also expects significant benefits for the tourism sector, once the coronavirus crisis has passed. The agreement provides for the establishment of air links and the issuance of visas. “Attendance at theDubai International Airport (the third busiest in the world, Editor’s note) will explode. All Israelis will go through this », Foresees the professor.


New start date for the first Arabian Mars mission


The aim of the mission is to capture the first complete picture of the Martian climate over a complete Martian year.

(Photo: AP)

Tanegashima, Abu Dhabi The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the first Arab nation to send a probe from Mars to Japan next week. The goal is to study the atmosphere of the planet. After the launch of the Japanese launch vehicle had to be postponed this week due to bad weather, the Japanese Mitsubishi group responsible for the launch announced Friday as the new launch date Monday next week.

The H2A rocket is expected to launch in the early morning (local time) from the southern Japanese space center on Tanegashima Island. In February 2021, the probe is scheduled to reach orbit around the Red Planet after seven months.

The aim of the mission was to capture the first complete picture of the Martian climate over a complete Martian year, the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) had previously announced. The 1350 kilogram spacecraft is supposed to observe the atmosphere, weather changes and the changing of the seasons. The Mars mission should not only bring scientific knowledge, but also have a positive impact on the economy and education of the UAE. The Emirates want to become more independent of oil. The Mars mission is entitled “Al-Amal” (hope).

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Because of Corona: Frequent flyers fear for their status with airlines

Dhe Corona crisis hit aviation badly; In Europe alone, there were 90 percent fewer take-offs and landings over several months than before the pandemic. Many passengers have to stay on the ground – and therefore cannot collect miles.

The situation for frequent flyers is not entirely hopeless. The mileage expert Alexander Koenig knows ways to secure the coveted frequent flyer status even under these difficult conditions. However, not every airline is equally customer-friendly.


Tasmania: hiking and getting to know Aboriginal culture

Dit would be the perfect moment to tell the great stories of the ancestors. Rocky Sainty stands on the summit of Wukalina, overlooking forests, pastures, white sand bays and the turquoise sea.

The 61-year-old breathes heavily, he does not come up to this hill often, which the Europeans cockily called Mount William. “We make a sweet drink out of the umbels of Banksia plants,” he says. The cones of the horsetail cassowary tree can also be boiled and rolled in sugar. Everything interesting.

But now, on the granite summit, Sainty doesn’t want to remember the creation myth of his ancestors. “Sorry,” he mumbles. “I’ll give you a printout later.”

If you know the history of his people, this memory gap is not surprising. At school, Sainty learned that there were no Aboriginal people in Tasmania. Truganini, who died in 1876, was the last indigenous woman.

A tour operator owned by the Aboriginal

The Palawa are not dead. Their genes live on in many Tasmanians. Simply because the Europeans kidnapped women from the start. And since the cultural renaissance that began in 1995 with the “Aboriginal Land Act”, many Palawa are proud of their origins again. Asking if they’re half Aboriginal people is an insult. They say, “If you stir milk into the coffee, it’s still coffee.”

Since 2018, travelers have been able to get to know this ancient culture, and not in a sterile museum, but outside where the ancestors lived. As part of the “Wukalina Walk” you hike along the coast for four days, sleep in a lodge in the bush, which is inspired by the architecture of traditional huts – and learn the skills of Palawa from guides: fishing with bark canoes, hunting with spears Wallabies, little kangaroos.

Visitors also get to know traditional handicrafts

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“This project is very important,” says Clyde Mansell. “I always wanted to create an opportunity for our people to share their knowledge on their own land.” The chairman of the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania fought for his project for ten years. “It was an up and down,” says the 69-year-old. “It was only with the current liberal government that the idea got a new impetus.”

Suddenly everything happened quickly: the state took over part of the total cost of 2.3 million Australian dollars (about 1.4 million euros), another part of the Commonwealth. There were also donations. The first Tasmanian tour operator owned by Aborigines was born.

Fine, snow-white sand

If he earns money in a few years, Mansell says, it should flow to the community. In contrast to Aborigines on the Australian mainland, the Palawa would have received no land back and no income from mines or national parks.

You can already imagine on the first evening that the plan will work. Because Mansell wisely chose the location for his base camp. From the mouth of a river you trudge into a bay. The sand is fine and white like snow, with rounded rocks sprinkled with orange lichen. Jade waves break on a reef outside. The setting sun shines on dark cloud fronts.

The Bay of Fires, named after the fires of the indigenous people

The Bay of Fires, named after the fires of the indigenous people

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A boardwalk takes you through the dunes, from the cool version of the South Pacific into the savannah. Waist-high grass trees glow golden and green, along with the delicate eucalyptus trees.

In keeping with the romance, guests sit in camping chairs on a wooden terrace around the campfire. Only the wooden dome above them, which is open to the bush, does not fit into the picture. It is also strange that the six men and women, instead of sipping a sundowner, carve tonewoods, weave baskets out of sedge grass and make drinking bags.

Fried shearwater as a test of courage

Not so easy, you can tell that quickly. Fortunately, Carleeta Thomas is a patient teacher – and a stroke of luck for the project. The 19-year-old knows how to get crabs and mussels from the sea floor and skin wallabies.

When shearwaters fly in for nesting, she and her family come together on Big Dog Island to catch, pluck, and cook the birds with their bare hands. Just like all Palawa once did, for weeks, from early morning until late at night.

Wallabies on the Wukalina Walk

Wallabies on the Wukalina Walk

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“The school used to be closed in the shearwater season,” says Rocky Sainty at dinner. “Nobody would have gone anyway.” Guides and guests sit together at a long table in the kitchen, lamb and wallaby from the oven, with pumpkin, bread and beans. The wallaby is tender and surprisingly tastes little of game.

“Do you want to try fried shearwater?” Asks Sainty. Apparently a test of courage for foreigners, like him and Thomas grinning. Yes of course. The first impression: fat goose with a slight sea touch. Unusual, but good – especially with Tasmanian Pinot Noir.

Whoever comes here understands

Later you stretch out in the chic wooden cave. The huts for two guests are scattered in the bush. The model was the round huts of the Palawa on the east coast: a frame made of branches over which bark was spread.

The name of the camp, “Krakana Lumi”, means place of rest in the Palawa Kani language, which is composed of the ancient languages ​​of Tasmania. And it’s true: only the breaking waves can be heard far out, cool air blows in through a slit under the curtain. Feels like in a tent – just much more comfortable.

We spend the night here

We spend the night here

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The good food and the soft bed are important for the Wukalina Walk. After all, the guests, previously mostly Australians, pay a lot of money for the short vacation. And obviously like that. Last season only four dates were offered, currently there are 23.

“We would never have expected this success,” says Gill Parssey, 55. The manager of the project wants to change the view of the Tasmanian indigenous people. And tell a story of survival. “I saw how guests were changed by this hike, how they cried,” she says. “We can wait another 50 years for reconciliation. Or we can bring the whites out of here. “

Vandalism and swastikas

You can find out how important this is the next morning. Rocky Sainty leads to a depression in the dunes. “Our people cooked crabs and mussels here,” he explains. “That was our living and dining room. Here people laughed, yawned, argued. As in every family. ”

The older women sat up in the dunes and watched the younger ones – rubbed against the cold with seal oil – dive for food. The men went hunting. In the evening everyone met around the campfire.

The path leads along the beach

The path leads along the beach

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These shell mounds are called Midden, they are sacred to the Aborigines. And since 1975 they have also been protected by law. Nevertheless, white Australians continue to board over them with off-road vehicles, as Sainty explains. And on the west coast of Tasmania, vandals would have scratched ancient rock paintings and smeared them with swastikas. Or chiseled out and sold.

But the traditions are stronger. “When we are on vacation, we still meet on the coast today, cook mussels and tell stories,” says Sainty. He picks up an abalone, a sea snail. “They are exported to the Far East today and are prohibitively expensive in the shop. Our people ate well. “

17 kilometers along the beach

Together the group hikes along the dunes, a strong wind blows in the face. Oystercatchers and rare ringed plovers peck in the sand, gray breakers thunder. A flotilla of black swans flutters from a lagoon.

It continues bay after bay, a walk along the beach stretching over 17 kilometers. Sometimes the guides stop, for example on the pink flowering Karkalla plants, and explain that the seeds taste like kiwi and were previously smeared as a paste on wounds. Most of the time, however, the group goes silently and looks at the beautiful country.

Sunset in Tasmania

Sunset in Tasmania

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The Palawa called the bay “Larapuna”, today it is known as the Bay of Fires. The British seafarer Tobias Furneaux saw many fires burning when he sailed the coast in 1773. On a headland, Eddystone Point, the conquerors built a lighthouse for their own fire – in the middle of one of the most important Midden. “The different tribes met here,” Carleeta Thomas explains. “A very special place.”

The government therefore returned the headland to Palawa in 2006 as a 40-year lease. The lighthouse keeper’s house has been renovated to accommodate hikers, and a wombat grazes on the lawn in front of it. “This is Fred,” says Carleeta Thomas about the cute bag mammal. “He is often here.” Then she leads into the house, where a cheese platter is already waiting in front of the fireplace. And wine. After all, the stories of the ancestors want to be told in a beautiful setting.

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Tips and information

getting there Qantas Airways ( and Emirates ( usually fly from Frankfurt via Dubai to Melbourne or Sydney. It continues with Virgin Australia ( to Launceston in northeast Tasmania. There, the hikers are picked up at the hotel and taken to the starting point of the four-day hike in around three hours.

hike The maximum of ten participants are accompanied by two guides who fish and hunt with them. Two nights in a lodge and one in a lighthouse, food and drink are included. Flights are booked individually. This tour costs 1540 euros per person in a double room (

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