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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to the “beyond” portion of Pacific Northwest and Beyond. This is our travel blog section, including posts about travel destinations, travel tips, travel products, stories…anything travel-related on the site. If you’re interested in lodging for your travels, you might want to visit our accomodation page.

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.

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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

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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best vr travel experiences and online virtual tours

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

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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Hand Drawn Travel Books A Fine Romance by Susan Branch

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

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

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