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The Shambles, York


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York Minster, England
York Minster, York

We spent a weekend in York last July (a great time to go!), during which time we enjoyed adventuring around the Harry-Potter inspired streets otherwise known as “The Shambles”. What an iconic place to visit! (more…)

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Middlethorpe Hall, UK


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Middlethorpe Hall UK

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Middlethorpe Hall is a 17th-century country house standing in 20 acres of grounds in Middlethorpe, York, North Yorkshire, England. It is currently used as a hotel.

It’s a symmetrical red brick and stone house built in 1699 and since 2008 has been owned by The National Trust. (more…)

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Mount Vernon


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Mount Vernon
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Mount Vernon

As George Washington’s adopted hometown, Alexandria is a “best of” when it comes to the spectrum of sites and events associated with the nation’s first president.

And only eight miles south of Old Town Alexandria, lies the most visited historic estate in America: George Washington’s Mount Vernon. This is the general’s former home which continues bustling centuries later!

Following on from my post about ferrying to Alexandria earlier this week, I wish to dedicated this post to “Mount Vernon” – home to George Washington – as well as the neighbourhood that houses it, Alexandria, where Washington called home.

I’ve also written about Old Town Alexandria here and the ferry ride to get there from the National Harbor in Washington D.C. here.

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A Day Trip To Wimberley!


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On May 25, 2015, the town was hit by catastrophic flooding during the 2015 Texas–Oklahoma floods, along the Blanco River which flows through town.

I found a magnificent student town recently called Wimberley outside of San Antonio – what a fantastic place! It reminds me of Grahamstown in South Africa. (more…)