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Welcome to Paper Crane Stories – thanks for stopping by! I’m a Brit living in California, married to an American and always planning our next adventure. I’m a serial expat (I’ve lived in 5 countries) who loves to travel, eat, create and write. Read more on my about page.


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Newport Beach Harbor

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The Best Neighbourhood in Beijing

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Wine Tasting In Santa Barbara

How many of you have considered wine tasting in Santa Barbara? I have to admit;…

California Road Trip: Newport Beach to San Francisco Itinerary.

I love road trips and have been eagerly awaiting this one for about 7-8 months!…

Thoughts On Leaving Beijing

I loved living in Beijing, I truly did. But I also hated it. I loved…

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10 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit China

China: Top of some people’s travel lists and completely off the radar for others. I…

All The Delicious {Vegetarian} Food I Ate In Japan

I love food. From raw organic dishes to greasy sweet potato fries to fusion Korean-Mexican,…

Rainy Days In Beautiful Kyoto

My first impressions of Kyoto, Japan were not what I expected. Kyoto is a city after…

I left My Heart In Yanaka

How do you get to know a new city? One of my favourite things to…

New Blog Name!

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