beer pressure

I’d like to take a moment and pat myself on the back: I’ve come a long way from my Smirnoff Ice-drinking ways of freshman year of college (oooh doesn’t that just make you want to gag?). Though this may be hard to believe, when we planned our October getaway, hubs and I didn’t set out to have such a beer-centric European itinerary. It just happened, we swear it. When we arrived in Amsterdam, we had no choice but to visit the World of Heineken: From there, things spiraled quickly out of control. Seriously, check out what happened in Bruges: After our first pint on the square, we had to try the locally-brewed Zot (and eventually…

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brussels: hits & misses

You probably already guessed from my last post: Brussels wasn’t our favorite. We had braced ourselves for this–when you plan a multi-city vacation, there’s always the chance that at least one place will disappoint. The plus side to Brussels: because so many of our experiences were so ridiculous and random, we came away with a lot of laughs and absurd memories. That’s what matters most, right? Besides, when it really comes down to it, there were more than a few places we’d recommend. Hits  Aroma Cafe This place was right on Grand Place so I’m assuming it was overpriced and touristy, but we were in a daze. All we wanted was our Belgian waffle and…

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two days in brussels

Here’s the thing with Brussels: it is an oddly disjointed city. One of the things I love about New York is that you can walk five blocks and be in a completely new neighborhood with a different feel than where you just came from, but can’t really pinpoint when it changed. There’s a flow to this city, and seamlessly transitioning from touristy to bohemian to upper class in just a few steps is part of the allure. Brussels, on the other hand, just kind of shoves you into a new neighborhood without asking. We’d be walking on a cobbled side street, people watching and trying to decide on which cafe to nestle down in for…

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bruges: hits & misses

After we had settled on Bruges as one of our stops, I kept reading that it was the “Venice of the north,” and to be perfectly honest… that did make me a little nervous. We were in Venice last year for our honeymoon (which I think may require a post of its own at some point), and don’t get me wrong–Venice was absolutely gorgeous… but by the second day, we were itching to move onto Florence. Having set aside two days for Bruges, I started to wonder if we would be in the same predicament. Annnnnd we totally were. But that doesn’t mean it was a bad thing! We once again came out with more…

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two days in bruges

Bruges was everything we pictured it to be. Quaint, adorable, and completely relaxing, we pretty much just strolled around the town for two days straight. Usually when we plan our bigger trips, we try and do half the time in a city, and half the time in a beach town somewhere. Because we wanted to start in Amsterdam and end in London, there wasn’t really time to get down to a (warm) coast, so Bruges was meant to be the calm of our trip, and it totally was. Day 1 — SUNDAY AFTERNOON Arrival – We arrived in Bruges Sunday afternoon after our morning at the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam. We hopped on a…

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