USA

Why Use Numbers?

New York gave us numbers (42nd St, 103rd St), DC added letters (B St, M St), but for street names around the Blue Ridge Parkway, it's all about being quirky:

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Pre-Inca Trail Boot Camp

After Washington, we flew to Charlotte, North Carolina, to meet my brother, and then drove to our cute wooden cabin near Burnsville amid the dazzling scenery of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was a quirky kinda place with the usual kitsch, unwanted household paraphernalia that goes hand-in-hand with rented holiday apartments. Still, that wasn't as unsettling as the snake-bite kit in the bathroom cabinet:

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What We Ate in DC

Possibly the best burger in the world?

Where: Duke's Grocery Being a Shropshire lass, you can imagine how excited I was to see that Shropshire Blue had made it onto their cheeseboard.

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Museums, Monuments, and Superheroes

The first thing that hit us in the US capital was the space! No longer were we looking up at the skyscrapers of Manhattan – instead we could stroll along wide avenues...and I mean really stroll. We'd come down a gear or two here. Don't people say that you can judge the pace of a city by the speed of its escalators? Applying that theory to Washington, it was one chilled out city. We even had to wait for the metro doors to open – can you imagine?! It made us realize just how fast-paced New York was. At timed pedestrian crossings that New Yorkers would have 15 seconds to scramble across, the Wash…

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Leaving New York, Never Easy...

Michael Stipe of R.E.M. fame was right – it wasn't easy leaving the Big Apple. What is it about the place that makes me go all Broadway and want to start belting out “New York, New York” à la Sinatra at every opportunity? We did so much in a week, but still felt like we'd hardly scratched the surface. We'd zipped up to the top of the Empire State Building, pondered on past events at the 9/11 memorial, strolled over the Brooklyn Bridge, hopped on the Staten Island ferry, tested the cheesecake...but aside from the tourist to-do list, here are 10 random things that we really loved about New York:

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