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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.

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.

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.

Snickelways and Walls: Walking York’s Passages

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.

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.

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The Flies that Come With the Morning

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.

Cemeteries I’ve Visited: An Album

Do you like to visit cemeteries? This post is a work-in-progress photo album of cemeteries I've visited.

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

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.

Why Take a Ghost Tour?

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.

Amidst Old Tombstones at Kirkmichael Trust Cemetery

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.

Visiting the Gion Kyoto Starbucks

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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