Fast-Track around Monaco

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When you have just one day to visit Monaco with a couple of petrol heads, here’s our fast-track around Monaco. Last month during the fall break, we headed for southern France in hopes of catching some late season sunshine. Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be but as we were close to Monaco, we knew that that was on the agenda for when the rain let up. And it did! It took four days and most of the DVD collection in our rental (movie marathon, here we go!) but then we were…

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…

First Light in Ste Marie among the Hurons

Lights on Path and treeswith lit up church on top of a hill in the background

What better way to offset the cold and dark than finding or sharing heat and light? That is just what we did when we visited Sainte Marie among the Hurons ’ First Lights festivities early last December. Every late November, beginning of December, during three consecutive weekends, more than 5000 lights are placed around the reconstructed mission village. There are crafts, a small farmers/crafters market, native drumming and music performances, people in traditional and/or historic and all set against the village alight with lanterns and fires. A bit of Sainte-Marie…

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…

New York’s Garment District – Immigration, Fashion and Skyscrapers

What is now known as the Fashion or Garment District, started out quite differently. When early last century the theater business and district in New York was celebrating its highs, it attracted a myriad of additional businesses that quite literally didn’t see the light of day. Prostitution, racketeering, gambling and bootlegging were the cornerstones of that part. It resulted in an area run by criminals which earned it the nickname Devil’s Arcade or Tenderloin. Due to this the area was not one anyone would willfully settle in, making rents low…

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…