In Banff: At the Banff Park Museum – The Legacy of Norman Sanson

On the downtown side of the Bow River Bridge, one finds a magnificent wooden building. The 1903 structure that houses the Banff Park Museum – advertised in a 1939 leaflet as the “Government Museum” – is the oldest still-functioning building owned by Parks Canada in its original capacity, and not only has the function of the building remained, but also the way it was functioning. The interior represents a museum from the era around 1914: stuffed animals in glass cases neatly presented in an environment of dark wood.

‘So it’s a museum within a museum,’ the girl at the desk said. Continue reading “In Banff: At the Banff Park Museum – The Legacy of Norman Sanson”

Jeroen Vogel: Walking the Bryson Line

How the idea to walk through Britain came about

The best travel book writers can be the laziest of travellers. They begin their story with a fantastic itinerary, warming the readers up to the premise of what is to come, and then halfway into the journey they turn their back on their adventure and go home for a while. Paul Theroux did that when he circumnavigated the Mediterranean Sea for The Pillars of Hercules: on one page he sneaks onto a tourist ferry to a Greek island to get out of Albania, and on literally the next page he is, without one letter of explanation, on a cruise out of Nice, France. Bill Bryson never finished the Appalachian Trail, and in his latest book, The Road to Little Dribbling, he devices a perfectly straight line through Britain but then doesn’t travel along it. Continue reading “Jeroen Vogel: Walking the Bryson Line”