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Six Hand-Drawn Travel Books That Just Might Make You...

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.

Three Western Washington Ghost Tours To Haunt You

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

Famous Seattle Graves (and Where to Find Them)

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.

Visiting the Paris Catacombs: A Labyrinth of Death Beneath...

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.

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.

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48 Hours in Santiago de Compostela: See, Do, Eat

Santiago de Compostela is a fascinating town with a rich history visited each year by the many pilgrims who come to walk the Camino de Santiago.
Here are the best things to do if you have 48 hours to spend in this Spanish town.

Marie Antoinette. Peasant.

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.

Traveling the World…Virtually

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.

Walking the Philosopher’s Path…Plus

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.

The Cutest Little Cream Puffs in Tokyo

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.

Best Hiking Trails in Mount Rainier National Park

Guest author Mark Bennet discusses the best hiking trails at Mount Rainier National Park from the skyline trail at Paradise to the Summerland Trail.
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