Friday Flashback #061 …

My fall 2018 trip to the United Kingdom included a few days in Brighton. I was brought up visiting Atlantic City in the summer, so I’m always curious about beach resort towns, and I had heard and read a lot about Brighton. It’s still a little bit dodgy in parts, but I found the pebble beach and the vibrant arts scene to be absolutely amazing. It took me most of the day by train to get there (I had to come back to London from Wales, and then go London to Brighton, which is a trip that takes only a little over an hour), so I was tired and cranky when I got there, but this beautiful sunset was one of the first things I saw, so that made everything better.

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Friday Flashback #059 …

Coming in for a landing … My fall 2018 trip to England started with this low swoop into Heathrow Airport, outside of London. It was an amazing trip and this photo will always represent the magic of travel for me. With a few keystrokes (and a bit of money) you can be whisked off to a foreign land. It’s definitely “chose your own adventure.”

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Friday Flashback #057 …

Oh, London … you have stolen my heart many times now. I particularly like this photo taken on the Millennium Bridge on a chilly October Sunday. Obviously there was a race of some sort, but my favorite part of the photo is the woman at the far right, mysteriously hiding her identity. Is she a spy? A tourist? A movie star hiding in plain sight? We’ll never know. It’s just a fleeting moment in time, never to be captured again.

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Friday Flashback #056 …

Bookstore cats I have known and loved. I suppose the tradition of bookstore cats started as a practicality … a good mouser is worth his or her weight in gold. But I find any bookstore cat I happen upon to be a charming addition to any shop, and this one—Twice Sold Tales in Seattle, WA—had FOUR (count ’em, FOUR) cats living on the premises. with this particular guy (or gal) being the most photogenic, in my humble opinion.

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Friday Flashback #054 …

I’ve visited Leeds three times now and loved it each time. This photo is from my last trip in September of last year. I had never seen this golden owl before, but somehow it seemed like a lost statue honoring Watchmen, which is appropriate, since the Leeds area is home to a particularly great small comics convention called Thought Bubble, which is what drew me to the city in the first place.

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Friday Flashback #052 …

Last fall, I took a wonderful trip to England, which included the lovely city of York. Believe it or not, this was the view from my hotel window of Clifford’s Tower, part of York Castle and it was taken on the first day I was there. York is an incredible maze of winding cobblestone streets filled with great shops and restaurants and I thoroughly enjoyed my short stay there. The hotel was the Hilton York on (appropriately) Tower Street, and I would stay there again in a heartbeat. Great restaurant downstairs, too!

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Friday Flashback #050 …

For my fiftieth Friday Flashback I picked this bucolic photo from the small village of Hay-on-Wye. One of the highlights from my fall 2018 3-week trip to the UK was my visit to Hay. Located on the England/Wales border (but decidedly in Wales as I was reminded on more than one occasion), this is the original “booktown,” a concept created in the 1960s by a local bookseller looking to provide a hook to return Hay to greatness. While the number of bookstores in town has fallen to around 20 from it’s original 35-40, the town is still strongly bookish and some of the stores are really impressive (more photos coming soon).

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