Faraway Files #17

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rijksmuseum research library

I don’t know about you but I am ready for spring. I can’t wait to see the blossoms burst into colour to brighten these grey winter days. Winter seems to last forever in London so I am constantly adding to my post sharing ideas on things to do in London in winter and plotting for sunnier days. I’d love to escape to the library at the Rijksmuseum – pictured above.

Going over the posts from last week’s Faraway Files I found it very difficult to pick favourites. In the end I was drawn to a place I have never been in a country I’ve never visited and some famous landmarks that have escaped my travel plans despite visiting their home cities many times.

In Paris, Hilary’s images of the stained glass windows of Sainte Chapelle made me gasp. So I can only imagine what an inspiring sight they were in real life. I decided I must see them for myself so am working on a mini break to Paris.. let’s just call it a Spring treat. Thanks Hilary!

The history, views and brownstone houses from Ruth’s walk across the Brooklyn Bridge made me dream of New York. Somehow I have never managed to do that walk. My excuse was always that it was winter and too cold but apparently it was quite pleasant in December and the famous landmark lived up to its promise. Definitely one for our next visit.

Nano wowed us from Japan again with her incredible photos of Kyoto‘s lesser known attractions and temples. The colours and textures found in the gardens are so simple and create a sense of peace and serenity. I will definitely be hunting down those locations when I visit Japan and will take a few extra memory cards for my camera.

Last week also saw a flurry of posts on the Netherlands – on windmills, the Keukenhof flower gardens and an open air museum. This week I am sharing my post on our spring weekend in Amsterdam. I absolutely adore this city with its laid back attitude, great coffee and pretty canals and I’d love to go back sometime soon.

springtime scenes in Amsterdam

About Faraway Files

Faraway Files is a weekly travel link up hosted by Katy from Untold Morsels, Erin from Oregon Girl around the World and Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles.

Faraway Files is a weekly file of the best travel ideas on the web. We want to dream of faraway places, make new travel plans and share our travel secrets. Inspire us to travel to new places or revisit a place we thought we knew. We know that you can feel faraway even when you’re close to home so share your experiences of travels near and far wherever you are in the world.

We’d love you to join us in building a supportive community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

How it works

✪ The link up will go live every Thursday at 8am, UK time, until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles and Oregon Girl Around the World.

✪ This week Erin from Oregon Girl Around the World hosts the link up so head over to her Faraway Files post to join in. Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge available on Oregon Girl Around the World to your blog or link back to the hosts.

✪ Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least one other.

✪ Tweet us your posts (@suitandsand, @UntoldMorsels, @oregongirlworld) using the hashtag #FarawayFiles and we’ll retweet to our followers

Oregon Girl Around the World

The creator, writer and photographer behind Untold Morsels, Katy has been travelling and tasting the world since she was a teenager.

Now the proud mum of twins, she hopes they grow up to share her passions of great food, wine and travel. Favourite destination: Italy



  1. 9th February 2017 / 10:16 AM

    wow! what a library!:)

    • Katy
      9th February 2017 / 2:20 PM

      It’s amazing Tanja! I could spend hours in there

  2. 9th February 2017 / 6:45 PM

    Than you for the shout out and I’m so pleased you’ll be going to see Sainte Chapelle! I can’t wait to hear what you think, I hope it lives up to expectations…