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    What to do in Seattle: Ferry to Bainbridge Island

    To say that our afternoon trip over to Bainbridge Island was spontaneous is an understatement. We spent a morning mooching our way around a few of the Seattle stores (Mr Kiwi bought a watch, I bought a Frappucino at the Starbucks next to Pike Place Market – thereby hopping the hour plus queues) and then I google searched ‘what to do in Seattle’. That’s how much planning we did.

    What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Jumping aboard one of their commuter ferries was highly recommended (much like our day trip to the Gothenburg archipelago) and we handily timed a sandwich stop (thanks to the ferry timetables handily being available in the Googlemaps public transport route planner!) and before we knew it, we left the Seattle city skyline behind and enjoyed the brisk wind on our faces.

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    What to do in Seattle: Wonder at the Chihuly Garden and Glass

    In the shadow of the Seattle Space Needle, almost alien crystalline forms wrap their deft tendrils through the Chihuly Garden and Glass.

    What to do in Seattle Chihuly Garden and Glass Washington Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Every single petal, bowl, stem and branch of cascading glass has been handblown under the guidance of Washington State native Dale Chihuly (in fact he grew up in nearby Tacoma), and we couldn’t quite believe our eyes.

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    10 things do to when you’re Sleepless in Seattle

    We flew in and out of SeaTac Airport, staying in Seattle for a few days, before hopping on the train up to Vancouver for a wedding. Sadly, the Pacific NorthWest was battling pervasive smoke from destructive wildfires raging over British Columbia for much of our visit.

    What to do when you are Sleepless in Seattle Adventures of a London Kiwi Travel Blog
    Seattle is quite an industrial city with incredible natural surroundings and interesting places to visit as a tourist, but we didn’t quite get under the heartbeat of the city – and I think the mistake was visiting without a car.

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    A (Too) Quick City Break in York.

    Much like the Grand Old Duke of York, who had ten thousand men and marched them up to the top of the hill, and then marched them down again, I can’t get enough of York… (because he visited repeatedly, that was obvious, right?)

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Having visited nearly half a dozen times over the years, and somehow not managing to share it on my blog over the years, I would say that although you could visit from London for the day, I wouldn’t. Go for a minimum of an overnight stay, or a few days if you can. Witness a misty morning, and a candy coloured sunset, wander out into the Dales or slip in a seaside visit somewhere like Scarborough, and really get to know the ancient city.

    Alas, I haven’t really learned how to take my own advice, but hot on the end of a family visit in Lincolnshire we were lucky enough to spend sometime with one of my favourite expats on Yorkshire (ok, ok, I only know two, but they are definitely in the top two of that limited ranking system). It was of course Amanda, her fabulous husband Sam and we got to meet their gorgeous new addition to the family, a mischevious Dachshund pup who goes by the name of Harold.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Instagram was alive with “OOOOOOOH MY GOD YOU GOT TO MEET HAROLLLLLD”

    Forget being a rockstar in this day and age, puppy dog eyes are all you need to make ladies weep and then squeal into their keyboards.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    We tumbled off the train, cheeks ruddy from the fresh the North Sea breezes (fresh from visiting the Seal colony with a litany of pups at Donna Nook, and nibbling fish and chips with the family in Cleethorpes) and went wandering.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    I’m going to make a big claim here – if you’re travelling through the UK and can only fit in one city visit outside of London, York or perhaps Bath would be excellent choices. Compact enough to really explore, full of ancient buildings and history, and good cake.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    What more do you even need?

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    How about buildings perfect enough to be dolls houses…

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    …or warm stone towers bathed in the glow of sunset? #nofilter

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Confections of the soap variety…

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    …or the renowned baked kind at Betty Cafe Tea Rooms. It’s so good, the last time I visited, we ran across a 10k race track (I’m not even kidding, I sorta wish I was.) We beelined straight for Betty’s Tearooms, a cake institution not to be missed. Sampling their array of delicacies (check out Danielle’s beautiful images – but be warned they’ll make you hungry) we marvelled at the line forming around the pretty tea house.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Seriously, every corner is beautiful. Especially on a crisp pre-Christmas winter evening as the dusk is falling and you are enroute to a cozy bar where you’ll settle in for a few libations and celebrations of yore(k). ‘Tis the season and all that.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    But first, we were taken on a quick loop of the city, to really soak in the atmosphere, before a few bevies and then a delicious white wine risotto

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    This is proper #housegoals in the shadow of Yorkminster.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Spot the cutest bobbly hat ever…

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Proper England.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Unfortunately, upon departure of the Rhyme and Ribbons residence, our suitcase was inspected for cute puppy thievery.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Top tip: remember to check you haven’t left your wallet behind – it happened to me the last time we visited York, and I managed to leave my handbag behind in a coffee shop this time. Luckily Mr Kiwi is a fast fetcher…

    Have you been to York?


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    The best US road trip EVER – Texas and Louisiana

    Where do you even start with a road trip through Texas and Louisiana like ours? 

     15 days, 2 US states, 3 cities, 800 miles of driving + 1 internal flight, a serious amount of Texan Bar-B-Que, a swamp tour on a Louisiana bayou with gators and raccoons, music pouring from doorways, a small red car christened Bonnie (just because we could), 7 hotels (definitely a record for us, we usually like to make a single central base), a goat called Max, lasso lessons, 80s TV shows and as much Iced Tea as we could get away with.

    Texas and Louisiana Best Roadtrip Ever Adventures of a London Kiwi

    People keep asking why we chose Texas and Louisiana for a road trip, and it’s mostly down to fascination and the amazing live music scene in both Austin and New Orleans. There are big festivals in Austin, but not knowing the bands we decided that a trip outside the chaos of tourists flocking there would be the most fun – intentionally out of hurricane season – so we booked our direct return flights to Austin and began planning.

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