Blog

Bourtange: Small Town in a Fortress

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Bourtange, Small Town Explorer | 2 comments

Bourtange

Bourtange: Small Town in a Fortress, written by my friend and fellow travel blogger Rachel, is the first small town expose in the series  Small Town Explorer.  The villages and towns we visit in our travels are often the hidden gems of a country or region. Readers will be introduced to small centers around the globe, featuring their uniqueness, their history, what to see and do, and where to stay and where to dine.

On her blog, Rachel’s Ruminations, Rachel Heller writes about independent travel, sometimes solo, sometimes not, with an emphasis on historical and cultural sights/sites. She is a former American who has lived in the Netherlands for the last 20 years.

Imagine a cobblestone plaza. Trees around its edge throw dappled shadows. Nine streets radiate from the plaza, but you see no cars, only an occasional bicycle. Small houses – some red-brick, some white-painted brick – face the plaza, simply designed with little embellishment. The wind rustles the trees from time to time, and you hear children shouting, footsteps on the cobbles, low conversation.

You sit on a chair on the edge of the plaza, a café table in front of you, sipping a drink. A beer? A coffee? A soft drink? Your choice. You take it all in, relaxed.

This plaza is called Marktplein, and it sits at the exact center of the small village of Bourtange, population just under 500.

But Bourtange is more than just a village. It’s a fortress, and it’s a museum.

Bourtange

Bourtange from the fortress wall

(more…)

Magical Sunrise Shots

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Travel Photo Thursday | 22 comments

Sunrise Shots

Keeping with the sun theme from last week, this week we are taking you on a tour of magical sunrise shots taken in my travels over the years. Welcome to week 337 (7/20/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Here comes the sun. Enjoy!

To join in the Travel Photo Thursday fun simply choose a travel post from your blog.

Add a link to Budget Travelers Sandbox in your post. You can also add our Travel Photo Thursday logo.

You’ll find the code in the sidebar. Return here and place your link in the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post.

Each link is shared on Twitter and the Pinterest Travel Photo Thursday board.

Leave a comment before you go.

I do read each one and always try to respond.

Finally, take the time to visit some of the other bloggers in the link-up. Reading, posting, and sharing is what makes the link-up successful, and ultimately brings more traffic to your blog.

All links are DoFollow. That means I am sharing SEO link juice with you; a good thing!

 

Sunrise from Clan Jetty Heritage Home, Penang

When you stay right on the water how can miss the sunrise? A few summers ago I spent a month exploring Penang, and although I stayed outside of the city center I did spend a few night at the Clan Jetty Heritage Home (highly recommended) taking in the Georgetown Festival and enjoying the ambiance of the Clan Jetties. The magic of the sunrise was impossible to resist and my camera was busy during my stay on the Jetty.

 

Penang Sunrise

(more…)

Jaw-Dropping Sunset Shots From Around the World

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Budapest, Destinations, Egypt, Hungary, Malaysia, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 18 comments

Sunset Shots

Who doesn’t love to capture jaw-dropping sunset shots? Welcome to week 336 (7/13/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. I am in the midst of purging, shipping, and selling seventeen years of my life as Indy and I get ready to make the move back to Canada on August 8th. Please enjoy a few of the amazing sunset shots I’ve taken in my travels over the years.

To join in the Travel Photo Thursday fun simply choose a travel post from your blog.

Add a link to Budget Travelers Sandbox in your post. You can also add our Travel Photo Thursday logo.

You’ll find the code in the sidebar. Return here and place your link in the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post.

Each link is shared on Twitter and the Pinterest Travel Photo Thursday board.

Leave a comment before you go.

I do read each one and always try to respond.

Finally, take the time to visit some of the other bloggers in the link-up. Reading, posting, and sharing is what makes the link-up successful, and ultimately brings more traffic to your blog.

All links are DoFollow. That means I am sharing SEO link juice with you; a good thing!

 

LaHave River Sunset Shot

My home province of Nova Scotia is no stranger to some amazing sunsets. I took this shot from the deck of a ferry as we made the short crossing. This was a gorgeous end to a picture perfect day on the province’s South Shore.

 

Sunset on the Lahave River, Nova Scotia.jpg

(more…)