Are tourist city passes worth it?

Our take on how to make the most of your big city trip

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A view of the Seattle city skyline from our boat ride on the Puget Sound


Our move to Seattle in January 2012 was the culmination of our dream to experience someplace very different from Texas, and it was also the beginning of our eventual jump into long-term travel.  It whetted our appetite for learning about new places, and we were excited about the cross-country move.

But when we arrived, we were also overwhelmed.  In addition to looking for a place to live, we were challenged with getting to know our new home city.  So much to do!  So much to see!  Where should we start?  To be honest, we didn’t learn a lot about the city ahead of time; we knew that it was beautiful and rainy and home to Starbucks and Gray’s Anatomy, but as for the specifics, we hadn’t much of a clue.

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London: The British Museum

Our afternoon spent in this exciting museum

A relic from the Elgin marbles

Dale and I were kids when Raiders of the Lost Ark came out, and it captivated us both. Exotic locales, tomb raiding, lost treasure, mummies—who wouldn’t want to be Indiana Jones? Archeology became a childhood dream for both of us.

So when we visited the British Museum, with its eight million relics, we were like kids in a candy store. The museum’s collection is the most comprehensive of its kind anywhere in the world, with endless artifacts related to world history, culture, and art. It possesses some of the most historically and culturally significant artifacts ever, including the Rosetta Stone and a large portion of surviving artwork from the Parthenon.  For these reasons, it is one of the most popular museums in the world.

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London: Random thoughts about our first visit

A summary of our trip to Great Britain’s amazing capital city

London is fantastic.

It’s also over-stimulating, overwhelming, and exciting.  But most of all, it’s fantastic.

Here are the things we loved most about it:

London is one of the most culturally diverse cities on the planet. It’s home to over nine million people and numerous nationalities and ethnicities. Over 300 languages are spoken here.   We found it fascinating to listen to the dizzying array of languages being spoken around us on the trains and streets and in the cafes and museums.

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