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MG Car Club of South Australia The ship has 13 Guest decks and was designed by legendary Architect Bjorn Storbraaten. The architectural theme is music inspired with innovative new restaurants and entertainment venues. One of the outstanding features is a World Stage which has a two story, 270 degree high definition LED Screen that wraps around audiences giving to them an amazing sight and sound experience. Imagine a raging fire on the screen wrapped all around you with the sound technology that is possible today. WELCOME TO THE MG WAGS’ PAGE O ur edition this month features an editorial about Holland America Shipping Line’s new ship and another Parisian Walk taking you up to the hill Community of Montmarte. The big news is Holland America Line launched their new ship MS Koningsdam, a a mid size ship carrying 2,650 guests and weighing 99,500 Gross tons. Continuing the travel theme, we would like to take you on a 90 minute Walk to Montmartre. You can always see Montmarte high on a hill in the distance. The walk begins at the base of the sandstone butte (hill) where old theatres and dance halls once existed and as depicted by painters from Renoir to Picasso. It continues steeply uphill to the original village, along streets which still capture the atmosphere left by artists like Van Gogh. You then wind downhill to end at Place Blanche. The Moulin Rouge cabaret is near here. Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands launched the vessel from Rotterdam on May 20, 2016. She serves as Godmother to the Koningsdam. Holland America Line have a rich Dutch heritage and fly the Dutch flag. The company began in Holland more than 143 years ago. The security on board for the launch was major and enormous screens were placed around the ship for all the passengers to enjoy the festivities! Montmarte and art are inseparable. This has been the case for 200 years. By the end of the 19th century the area was a haven for artists, writers, poets and their followers. Many of the artists and writers have left the area but the night life remains, although of a seedier character. Strangely the Butte still has a physical charm and a village atmosphere remains especially around the old village square the 12