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The Magic of York, UK: Snickelways, Shambles, and Beaucoup History

Why York? York is an interesting walled medieval city. It’s cathedral is magnificent and has whimsical stone heads that inspired an early chapter in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. It’s old medieval street, The Shambles, was said to have inspired Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, and it has lots of snickelways — alleys between buildings that you can use to navigate around the city. What’s not to love? This is a guide to places see and things to do in York and a list of related resources (including fiction set in York).

Near-City Escapes: Waterfront Hideaways Near Seattle

If you’re a city dweller who needs a brief escape but doesn’t have the time for an extended getaway, it’s possible to find little waterfront hideaways near Seattle that can allow you to get away from it all without getting too far away from it all. We stayed at this small cabin on Meydenbauer Bay in Medina (graciously loaned to us for an overnight). Read on about this cabin as well as some other near-city hideaways to add to my escape list from cabins to houseboats.

Celebrate Spring! PNW Spring Festivals and Events

Ah, Spring! We’re starting to get some snippets of sun and come out of hibernation. And more festivals start to begin, in preparation for the busy summer festival season. Here are some of the area festivals and events on our radar.

In the Trees: Your PNW Treehouse Bucket List

We visited the Nelson Treehouse Company’s B&B, Treehouse point, along with a couple of other in-the-tree locations (the Forest House, Free Spirit Spheres, and — at least in spirit — the treehouse at Doe Bay) in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s a lowdown on getting high (up in the trees at least) along with a listing of other treehouses in the PNW you can rent.

A Brief Guide to Visiting Stonehenge

I won’t be seeing the Rolling Stones in Seattle this spring, but I DID finally get to visit the original STANDING stones last spring. Here are some highlights on my journey and some tips for visiting Stonehenge.

Three Washington State Spots to Soothe Your Hobbit Soul

Pining for the Shire? Here are a few places to visit to quell your hobbity cravings in Washington State without visiting Middle Earth (or at least New Zealand).

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The Magic of MinaLima

Budding wizards (or muggle Harry Potter fans) probably already know about this London gallery. But if not, read on. MinaLima designed all the graphics for the Wizarding World of JK Rowling films. The gallery is an amazing collection of art, and Harry Potter ephemera.

The Magic of York, UK: Snickelways, Shambles, and Beaucoup History

Why York? York is an interesting walled medieval city. It’s cathedral is magnificent and has whimsical stone heads that inspired an early chapter in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. It’s old medieval street, The Shambles, was said to have inspired Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, and it has lots of snickelways — alleys between buildings that you can use to navigate around the city. What’s not to love? This is a guide to places see and things to do in York and a list of related resources (including fiction set in York).

King by King: The Choir Screen at York Minster

The Kings’ Screen (the choir screen separating the choir from the nave) at York Minster Cathedral features fifteen kings ranging from William the Conqueror to Henry IV. Let’s take it king by king! Here’s a brief photo guide to the kings from left to right.

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Pacific Northwest and Beyond, as the name implies, is both a Pacific Northwest blog and a travel blog about places beyond the PNW as well.

I love to travel, but am rooted here in the PNW. I find that, while I love going abroad, exploring the world also makes me appreciate the beauty of my home area.

This site features posts about the Pacific Northwest (eventually including hikes, lodging, food, events), Travel (eventually including destinations, stories, travel tips). and has a small, but growing calendar of PNW events, (from time to time featuring my picks…which, I’ll warn you sometimes tend toward the geeky or weird).

For me, foreign language learning, and photography also relate to travel…so I may also post some resources on foreign language learning or photography as I strive to become better at both.

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