There’s quite a bit of reading material this week thanks to our contributors, who wrote about interesting subjects in their personal blogs. Happy reading!

Keukenhof Gardens (credit: Aledys)

DeeBee, our contributor from France, posted The Colours of Spring: Bluebells. 

“In France Bluebells are known as Wild Hyacinths and are found mostly all over the country. They bloom between April and May depending on the weather and are of course perennial bulbs.”

Mike, our contributor from Japan, published Then and Now Photos: Shureimon a Torii in Okinawa.

Aledys, our contributor from the Netherlands, posted Last of the Tulip Days: a Visit to Keukenhof Gardens.
“Spring in the Netherlands can be a bit cooler and wetter than in other parts of Europe and we have been having quite a bit of rain and rather low temperatures lately; but despite the unspring-like weather, I just couldn’t stay away from the beautiful tulip fields in the Noordoostpolder and I even managed to visit Keukenhof Park a few days ago.”

Carrie, our contributing editor, The Challenge: 51 Wineries, toddler and (soon-to-be) newborn in tow

“Dave and I were talking this weekend and realized that when we live in a new place, we often don’t do any of the “must do” things in that place- be it touristy things (which to be honest, I usually avoid) but also all the wonderful, quirky things you are going to find in a new country or city that you just have to experience to really get to know the culture. And yet, when I am on a two week holiday, I usually see it all. Why? I know I will run low on time, and so I make a list. And thus we decided: we need a bucket list!

Ana, our contributing editor from Argentina, published Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes (aka the toilet museum)

“I must have walked or driven past this magnificent building a few dozen times but it never crossed my mind to go inside. As it so often happens with the attractions of one’s hometown, I never really paid much attention to what was inside the building and when it was built and what for. Now that I’m a tourist in Buenos Aires, I learned that there is a museum inside the Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes, owned by the water company, AySA.”

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About the author

Ana Astri-O’Reilly is from Argentina, where she lived until five years ago. She currently lives in Dallas, USA with her British husband, but they move a lot. Previously a translator and English and Spanish teacher, Ana first started writing to share her experiences and adventures with friends and family. She speaks Spanish, English and a smattering of Portuguese.