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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.

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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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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.

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Westeros and Beyond: Game of Thrones Food, Fashion, and 10 Souvenirs You SIMPLY MUST Take Home From Your Westeros Adventures

I missed my opportunity for an April Fool’s post because I was traveling in Westeros (OK, kidding, I was in Japan). So in heavy anticipation of the final season of Game of Thrones here’s my Westeros “travel blog” post. You won’t really find too much here about the Seven Kingdoms, but you will find some links to sites with good Game of Thrones recipes and cocktails for your premiere or finale party and ten Seven Kingdoms souvenirs you “SIMPLY MUST” have.

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J’Adore les Baguettes

Who doesn’t love a crusty baguette? This is the first of some recipes inspired by places I’ve been — this one I’m relocating from another site I have that I don’t plan to keep up — so why not start posting some (at least loosely) travel-related recipes? While these may not be exactly like the ones you’d get in la boulangerie, they are good and super-easy to make.

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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.

Going Victorian in Port Townsend

If you want to explore times of yore (sorry about the rhyme), head to Port Townsend for their annual Victorian Festival. We did in 2018 and encountered many a thing, including frightening(ly beautiful) ball gowns, tintype photography, and ghost stories.

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.

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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.

Wandering Mind: Blog and Personal Updates and Assorted Miscellany

Sinusitis Won’t Stop Me! (Except for a bit…)

This is an update that I’ll be having sinus surgery and will be off the blog, email, phone, and social media for a while to recover. But I’ve been coping with chronic sinusitis for a couple of years now and added some information on what I found helpful in the process.

State of the Blog: January 2019

This is just a general blog update with what’s going on, why I haven’t been writing, and restating my commitment to start posting stuff.

My Kayaking Essay Was in 1889 Magazine

In July of 2016, I took a women's kayaking trip from Bainbridge to Blake Island with a bunch of adventurous women led my Maria Cook and Spring Courtright of Journey for Purpose.  In the back of the October/November 2018 issue, 1889 Magazine published my short essay...

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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.

My Kayaking Essay Was in 1889 Magazine

In July of 2016, I took a women's kayaking trip from Bainbridge to Blake Island with a bunch of adventurous women led my Maria Cook and Spring Courtright of Journey for Purpose.  In the back of the October/November 2018 issue, 1889 Magazine published my short essay...

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