Friday Flashback #069 …

Sonic Bloom at Seattle Center in … you guessed it … Seattle, WA. I just spent a very pleasant weekend there just a few weeks ago and took a similar (if not as good) photo, because I’m a creature of habit, and let’s face it … these things are very impressive. I love Seattle … I go there every year, so expect more photos from this great Northwestern town. And if you want to see my Seattle photos from my latest trip, make with the click right here:

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Friday Flashback #068 …

The mothership is calling me back. Like Powell’s in Portland, OR, The Strand Bookstore in New York City exerts a powerful influence on me, like the moon locked in orbit over the Earth. I missed going to NYC last year, and it’s looming on my fall trip horizon, just in time for the thick of book-release season. Hopefully, I won’t need an umbrella.

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Friday Flashback #066 …

I call this photo “Peek-a-boo,” since it reveals a different look at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. This is my favorite part of the city, the Southbank (or Bankside) and this particular view is from near the OXO Tower building, a repurposed factory that used to manufacture meat stock cubes for cooking (it was originally built to be a power station for the Royal Mail Post Office). Now it contains shops and offices and restaurants and is part of a walk along the south side of the Thames that I dearly love.

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Friday Flashback #064 …

The bookstore town of Hay-On-Wye will always have a fond spot in my heart. From the moment I first heard of the existence of such a thing as a “bookstore town,” I wanted to visit. I’m so glad I took the time to visit this quaint, beautiful spot on the England/Wales border. I normally prefer big cities to visit in my travels, but this charming village, with its 20 or so bookstores, made me a convert to a quieter pace and and a calmer style of living. I love the gentle sweep of these houses in the photo above. I can’t wait to go back.

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Friday Flashback #063 …

I missed my yearly trip to New York City last year, because of an extended stay in the UK. And I didn’t just miss it, calendar-wise … I REALLY missed it. While London has become my favorite place to visit in recent years, my many trips to NYC are always a close number second in my heart. I love this city … the bookstores, the architecture, Nathan’s hot dogs and fries … all of it. I can’t wait to go back this fall.

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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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