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10 BEST MICROBREWERIES & CRAFT BEERS

10 BEST MICROBREWERIES & CRAFT BEERS

A couple of craft beer enthusiasts traversed the globe for a year. What did they find? Well, while we certainly were not able to taste every microbrew from every craft brewery from every city we passed through, we did endeavor to sample at least a few brews from each country we visited. It should be noted that our tastes strongly favor the bold, bitter & citrusy hop flavors of pale ales and India pale ales… so if you are an…

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London: Revisited

London: Revisited

En route from Loch Lomond to London, we decided to make one last stop along the way to further break up the drive. We stopped for just a day in the Peak District, figuring at best we’d have a day to maybe get in one last hike, and at worst, we’d end up with a rainy day to catch up on some photos, writing, and holiday shopping. Well, we finally ended up with the latter (probably about time we got…

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London

London

Consistently at or near the top of the ‘world’s most visited cities’ list (England’s capital has hosted some 20 million visitors this year), London is renowned not only for its iconic landmarks, but also for offering a veritable melting pot of different cultures and cuisines, with seemingly something for everyone. After arriving via the Channel Tunnel from Brussels, we found ourselves at a sleek, modern loft in Brixton, an up-and-coming neighborhood in south London with a somewhat industrial feel, a…

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Waffles and chocolate and beer… oh my!

Waffles and chocolate and beer… oh my!

In northwestern Belgium’s Dutch-speaking Flemish (Flanders) region, sits the quiet city of Ghent. Once one of northern Europe’s largest cities at the end of the Middle Ages, Ghent is now a laid-back university town. Quirky cafes, artisan chocolate shops, and quaint ‘gingerbread houses’ line meandering canals, where coots, moorhens, ducks and seagulls form collaborative, floating communities in the still waters. Amongst the perfect rows of ornately-trimmed canal houses, stone belfries and spires of imposing gothic cathedrals soar above the tapered…

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Tuscany

Tuscany

After a joyful reunion in Florence, our clan of eight piled into two vehicles and headed southwest for a week in Tuscany. My brother’s friend had found an amazing four-bedroom home outside of Asciano, and we were so thankful to be able to stay with them and my family. After having our travel dials set to warp speed since January 3rd, it was nice to slow down the pace, relax, and spend some time catching up with everyone. Set on…

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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Back in 2009, when Jenn and I were on a cruise around the Galápagos Islands, we met a German couple named Margot and Martin and quickly became friends. We chatted about a little bit of everything, spending a lot of the trip sharing their company. We stayed in touch over the years, and at the beginning of our year-long adventure, Margot insisted that we visit them in Munich after we reached Europe. She was also adamant that we stay with…

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Ljubljana

Ljubljana

Rarely have we felt so quickly at-ease with a city as we did after arriving in Ljubljana. It was certainly helped by our beautiful, sunny apartment, and by the impeccable blue skies and mid-70s temperatures, but there was something else about the capital of Slovenia that felt incredibly welcoming and comfortable. Ljubljana is a medium-sized city with a population around 280,000. The jade-colored Ljubljanica River cuts through the city, with walkways and cafes lining both banks, and a myriad of…

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Sydney

Sydney

After spending nearly a month and a half in Australia, it was hard to believe we still hadn’t really seen Sydney, save for one day back in the middle of February (between visiting the Great Barrier Reef and Lord Howe Island) when we spent a full day exploring the city. Interestingly, we actually planned this entire trip around Lord Howe Island. About 8 months before we left the U.S. (10 months before vising LHI), and before we were even sure…

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McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale

The renowned McLaren Vale wine region lies about 40 minutes (25 miles) south of the coastal city of Adelaide, in the state of South Australia. Having enjoyed several wines from this region back home in North Carolina, we knew we had to make a visit. We found a beautiful B&B in Seacliff, a southern suburb of Adelaide, that was perfectly located halfway between McLaren Vale and the city center. Thus, Rosalynda became our home base for a few days of…

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Coonawarra Wine Valley

Coonawarra Wine Valley

From the end of our Great Ocean Road excursion in Port Fairy, we headed north to Adelaide and the neighboring wine country, famous for tasty shiraz and cabernets. We were familiar with some of the reds from the McLaren Vale region, and were excited to visit a couple of our favorites in person. On our flight from Sydney to Melbourne a week and a half ago, I took my window seat on the Qantas 737, and found myself seated next…

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