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However, it’s possible we may have left out a few of our PNW posts on this page. HERE in the PNW is also a wonderful destination, so you may want to persuse our PNW Section as well if you’re interested in this beautiful, but sometimes rainy, corner of the world.

Castle Varrich
Europe
Cheryl

Exploring the North Coast 500 Part One: Planning Your Adventure 0 (0)

This is the first in what will be a long series of posts about Scotland’s North Coast 500 — an epic and memorable road trip (though I’d better write about it before I forget about it!) This post consists of an introduction and some tips and resources for trip planning. Future posts will comprise stops along the route and some other places in Scotland.

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House with Waterwheel on Marie Antoinette's Farm
Europe
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Marie Antoinette. Peasant. 0 (0)

On the grounds of Versailles, away from the palace, and away from her house on the grounds, Marie Antoinette had a rustic village and farm constructed where she could get away from palace life and pretend to be a peasant.

Here’s more about this interesting area of Versailles, that I actually enjoyed visiting more than the Hall of Mirrors.

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The Armchair Traveler: Books, TV, movies, and entertainment
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Traveling the World…Virtually 0 (0)

When you’re stuck at home one way to possibly assuage your travel lust is to go on some virtual tours.

Plenty are available on your laptop or desktop and, if you’re lucky enough to be staying home with a VR headset, you can heighten the escapism with plenty of 360 degree videos and adventures.

Here are some of my favorites.

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Path of Phlosophy Route Kyoto
Asia
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Walking the Philosopher’s Path…Plus 0 (0)

The Path of Philosophy is a classic Kyoto walk — especially in Spring as the path is lined with cherry trees.

This is an extended route (with accompanying routemap) that takes you not only on the Tetsugaku no Michi itself, but also through many nearby temples.

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Asia
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The Cutest Little Cream Puffs in Tokyo 0 (0)

Toyko (and much of Japan, for that matter) is a great place to find kawaii (cute) desserts! If you’re a Studio Ghibli fan visiting Toyko, you might find these cream puffs a little too cute to eat! Here’s more about visiting Shirohige’s Cream Puff Factory.

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Hand Drawn Travel Books A Fine Romance by Susan Branch
Mindful Travel
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Six Hand-Drawn Travel Books That Just Might Make You Want to Put Down the Camera and Pick Up a Pencil 0 (0)

If you’re like me, sometimes when you travel you’re tempted to spend part of your trip behind the lens of a camera or snapping photos on your phone to share later. But putting down the gadgets and picking up a pencil can help us to slow down and have a more “mindful” journey. Here are six hand-drawn books I’ve recently enjoyed about travel or places that just might inspire me to put down the camera (only for a bit) and pick up a pencil.

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Visiting York Minster Cathedral
England
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Things to Do and See at York Minster Cathedral 0 (0)

I usually hate the words “simply must,” in a blog post. But if you go to York you simply must visit York Minster Cathedral. Here are some things to do and see at this wonderful medieval gem that is my personal favorite of the cathedrals I’ve had an opportunity to visit.

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England
Cheryl

Snickelways and Walls: Walking York’s Passages 0 (0)

When I was growing up I used to play in Alleyways — but York has Snickelways, which are more than just alleys. Snickelways are narrow passages between buildings that locals use to take shortcutes to navigate the city faster. And York’s still-standing walls are, perhaps, its largest Snickelway.

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Carry On Packing
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Gifts for the Traveler Who Has Nothing 0 (0)

“Gifts for the traveler who has everything,” comes to mind when thinking about holiday gift lists to create. But what about gifts for the traveler who has…nothing? When my daughter asked me to borrow my carry-on I, instead, put together a holiday package that would serve her for the many years of travel she has ahead of her. Hint: these are also good basic things to put in your carry on bag in general.

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Pigeon at Fontana del Pantheon in Rome Venice Pigeon Problems
General Travel Musing: Thoughts and Stories
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The Flies that Come With the Morning 0 (0)

Pigeons mean problems in Venice and other cities with ancient architecture. But tourists insist on feeding and handling them — when they wouldn’t do so at home.

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Port Gamble Ghost Tours Walker Ames Mansion with Bleach Bypass
"Dark" Travel and Thanatourism
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Three Western Washington Ghost Tours To Haunt You 0 (0)

Are you a believer? It’s OK if you’re not. Ghost tours are fun, especially in October when the days are growing shorter and the leaves are falling. And good ones are also a bit of an (entertaining) history lesson. Here are three Haunted Tours in and (relatively) near Seattle to take this Autumn: Seattle, Port Gamble, and Port Townsend

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Visiting the Paris Catacombs Skulls at the Paris Catacombs
"Dark" Travel and Thanatourism
Cheryl

Visiting the Paris Catacombs: A Labyrinth of Death Beneath the City of Light 0 (0)

Are the Paris Catacombs worth visiting? It depends on what you like. If you’re not somebody who enjoys visiting cemeteries when you travel, it might not be the place for you. But there aren’t too many other places quite like it and it has an interesting history.

Here’s a bit of the history of the Paris Catacombs, a few interesting facts and some tips for before you go and how to get there.

Here’s more about the catacombs, with some tips for visiting.

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"Dark" Travel and Thanatourism
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Why Take a Ghost Tour? 0 (0)

Why would a skeptic love ghost tours? There are a few good reasons why the unbeliever or undecided would enjoy taking a ghost tour. The post includes a poll you can answer about your experience with ghost tours.

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"Dark" Travel and Thanatourism
Cheryl

Famous Seattle Graves (and Where to Find Them) 4 (1)

If celebrity burials are your thing, the number of Seattle’s famous dead denizens does come close to rivaling many larger, and older, cities. But we do have a few here, and they’re worth visiting if you like cemeteries. Here’s more about where to find the graves of Bruce and Brandon Lee, Jimi Hendrix, and Chief Sealth (Seattle), along with a listing of a few others with a more local claim to fame.

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"Dark" Travel and Thanatourism
Cheryl

Amidst Old Tombstones at Kirkmichael Trust Cemetery 0 (0)

The Kirkmichael Trust Cemetery in the Scottish highlands has done some serious restoration work, bringing old medieval tombstones into a restored church building for preservation and display. The stones outside, as well as the small mausoleum, are also worth a visit if you like old cemeteries — its just a bit off the main itinerary for your North Coast 500 road trip.

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Japan
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Visiting the Gion Kyoto Starbucks 0 (0)

I’m from Seattle, where there seems to be a Starbucks on every corner. So when travel, I tend keep away. But I’m glad I ended up going into the Gion Starbucks in Kyoto — it’s a different world than your average Starbucks.

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Asia
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Otaku Kyoto 0 (0)

Tokyo, of course, is known for its Anime, Manga, pop culture — but what about Kyoto? When I toted my Anime-loving daughter along to Kyoto, I was worried that she would simply hang out at the AirBNB which, largely, she did. But we did find some loosely “Otaku” things to do in Kyoto (my daughter’s objection to the term duly noted).

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Arashiyama Kyoto Rilakkuma Bamboo Forest
Asia
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A Day in Arashiyama 5 (1)

When you think of the Arashiyama area of Kyoto, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Sagano Bamboo Forest. But there’s so much more to do in this beautiful area of Kyoto. Plan to spend at least a day here — here are some of the many things to do to make the most of your day in the area.

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Zen Temples Kyoto Kinkakuji
Asia
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Ten Zen: Temples in Kyoto 0 (0)

While I was visiting a temple in Kyoto, I heard someone repeating “this is the heart of Zen.” Kyoto is, at least, the center of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism and there were far more temples than I could visit during my time there. Here are ten that I visited from the highly touristed to the more remote.

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How to Buy Tickets to Ghibli Museum
Asia
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Going Ghibli: Visiting the Ghibli Museum 0 (0)

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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