Throwback Thursday – The Netherlands

Windmill and us

It’s 2009 and we’re in Amsterdam for a few days then off to Brussels for a quick visit to the city and a side trip to Bruges. In this photo we are visiting an Open Air Museum in Arnhem, a short train ride from Amsterdam. They have buildings, windmills and items from The Netherlands from various points in history, set up to show how people lived. There’s an old 1950s tram circling the park to take you around, too. Here’s a link to my travelogue about Amsterdam and the visit to this park.


Travel Theme: Books

Where’s My Backpack’s travel theme this week is Books. Reading is close to my heart. I’ve been a reader all my life. While I don’t use the library as much as I used to, I’m a fan of them. I have switched over to ebooks mainly since an ereader is much more convenient to carry about in my bag but I still read paper books as well. On our travels, we’ve been to libraries and museums where there are old books. Here are a few:

An illuminated version of Canterbury Tales. John Ryland Library, Manchester


Ledger in the Tower of London Armoury

The Morrin Centre, a Victorian English library in the French city of Quebec

Chetham’s Library, a medieval library at the Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester

Camden Lock bookshop, London

Travel Theme: Balance

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted and I’ve been away and returned in that time. This visit to the UK wasn’t really a touristy visit so there isn’t a lot to report though I did manage to sleep in 4 hotel beds in 5 days!

To get back into blogging, however, we have Ailsa’s Travel theme, Balance.

The first couple of photos are animals perched precariously.

Chester Zoo

Macaques in Trentham Monkey forest

Saw this little guy in a shop window in Amsterdam. Not really balancing since it’s an ornament but it looks like it!

Halifax, Nova Scotia’s new central library