Travel Destinations

This is the Travel Destinations page. I recently had to re-do part of this website for technical reasons to do with the events component of this website, and I’m working to get individual pages up for the major sections: PNW, Travel, Travel Destinations, “travel-inspired” recipes, and as well as other sections.

While I don’t travel all the time, I have plenty more to write about the places I have been. Upcoming are posts about Scotland and more posts about Japan as well as some posts related to my recent, mostly, solo road trip, mostly camping, down the Pacific coast. Come back soon for updates!

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Marie Antoinette. Peasant.

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.

Walking the Philosopher’s Path…Plus

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

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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Walking the Philosopher’s Path…Plus

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

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.

Visiting the Gion Kyoto Starbucks

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.

Otaku Kyoto

Otaku Kyoto

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).

UK

Things to Do and See at York Minster Cathedral

Things to Do and See at York Minster Cathedral

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.

Snickelways and Walls: Walking York’s Passages

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.

Amidst Old Tombstones at Kirkmichael Trust Cemetery

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.

The Magical House of MinaLima Harry Potter Gallery in London

The Magical House of MinaLima Harry Potter Gallery in London

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.

Continental Europe

Marie Antoinette. Peasant.

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.

The Flies that Come With the Morning

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.

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

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.

The Best View of Paris

The Best View of Paris

While there are many great views of Paris, Monparnasse Tower has to be the winner for the title THE Best View of Paris! Here’s Why.

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