8 Great Reasons to Visit Manitoulin Island

featured blog image Manitoulin Island

If you’re looking for variation when you’re traveling then make sure to visit Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron, Canada at some point. We visited the island twice, once in summer and earlier this year, in spring when we had our last visitors over before the move. Did you know that Manitoulin Island… Is the biggest freshwater island in the world? contains over 100 islands itself which in turn have their own islands, one of them called Treasure Island (in Lake Mindemoya) has a rich history that includes indigenous peoples, voyageurs,…

Urban Trail Haarlem- The Fastest Way to See the City

This weekend I took part in the fastest way to see the highlights in Haarlem. What did I do? I ran 10 kilometers as part of the KLM Urban Trail Series. I don’t know about you but I personally love it when an experience is somewhat outside of the box. Sure, it’s great to go see a museum, or a park, or…anything really, but with an added dose of interest, I’m in. It was only Wednesday last week that through a running group of fellow parents, I even learned of…

The Formula to See Teylers Museum

Featured picture with instruments in Teylers Museum

The overseas move negotiated, it is time to explore and see our new surroundings. So, with the weather being dry (finally), I decided to go to the Netherlands’ oldest museum: Teylers in Haarlem. The museum is located along ‘het Spaarne’, one of the city’s canals and parking is just around the corner at the Appelgaarde underground parking lot. Teylers Daylight Premises The building is original and well maintained. The floors are inlaid marble with high, alcove ceilings. I pick up a map, the handy electronic device that contains multi-lingual descriptions…

7 Best Toronto City Trails

7 Best Toronto City Trails for any season

No matter the season, check out these fun Toronto City Trails that are great for a refreshing walk or a nice run in nature in the city. 1 Belt line (4.3 km) Running from Mount Pleasant Road, just north of Mount Pleasant Cemetery to Allen Road, south of Elm Ridge Drive. The trail is mostly flat and easy to navigate. To make your walk longer consider walking through the beautifully kept and serene Cemetery. Another way to lengthen your walk, pass through the cemetery and head over to Moore Park…

Central Park Traffic and a Tramway Ride

With the Path (Subway line from New Jersey) partially closed for maintenance, we walk along the New Jersey boardwalk towards the next available station. It is a muggy morning. The mist hanging down touches the river.  New Jersey waterfront There’s quite a lot of traffic this Sunday morning.  Boats on the water and strollers alongside it. A water taxi makes its way over to our shoreline and we decide to take it instead. Two stops later we depart close to the New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum…

Keep on walking – Dutch History New York

This second of our 3- day New York City trip, we come up from the PATH into the Oculus, the subway station close to the World Trade Center. It is incredible. It is white. Marble. High (160ft/48.7m). Empty. Sparse. Massive. Impressive. And to me resembles the bleached carcass of a Spinosaurus or the chest section of a tyrannosaurus. It was designed by Spaniard Santiago Calatrava and finalized in 2016 after it went both over time and over budget. As someone who simply visits New York for the first time and…

Navigating New York on Foot

With a couple of days to explore, New York within driving distance and 80% of the family never having visited, we took a trip to the Big Apple early October. It was Thanksgiving in Canada and beautiful weather in the States. We’d booked a hotel in New Jersey situated next to the Path (a Subway line running underneath the Hudson river). It meant we could leave the car behind, enter the city by public traffic and explore on foot. Because it is both my and the kids first visit, of…