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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).

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Sound Summer: A Guide to Summer Events in Seattle and Puget Sound Festivals

A guide to Summer festivals and events in the Puget Sound area including 4th of July celebrations and fireworks, major festivals, cultural festivals, Seafair events, and more.

Going Ghibli: Visiting the Ghibli Museum

Visiting the whimsical Ghibli Museum is a must-do in Tokyo if you’re a fan of the animation of Hayao Miyazaki. But getting tickets can be a bit challenging and confusing for foreign visitors. Here’s what you need to know about the museum, including getting tickets and getting there.

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.

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Kayaking Obstruction Island

Obstruction Island just off the southeast part of Orcas Island is a good place for beginner-intermediate kayakers to paddle without being carried away by currents. Here’s more about this satisfying island circumnavigation paddle.

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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). I’m also starting to add some recipes which I justify putting on this site by stating that they are travel-inspired.

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.

I currently strive to add a post weekly, my intention is to rotate posts between categories.

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