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. In New York, you can walk five blocks and land in a new neighborhood with a different feel than where you just came from. You can’t really pinpoint when it changed, but somehow, almost magically, it did. There’s a flow to this city, and seamlessly transitioning from touristy to bohemian to ritzy in just a few steps is part of the allure. Brussels, on the other hand, practically shoves you into a new neighborhood without asking. We’d be walking on a cobbled side street, people watching and trying to decide which cafe looked most charming, when all of a sudden: BAM. We were surrounded…

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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 was quaint and adorable, and the perfect place for two days of strolling around, enjoying the scenery. This charming town was added as the calm of our trip, slowing things down in between our urban hiking through Amsterdam, Brussels and London. Spoiler alert: it delivered. Day 1 // Sunday On Sunday afternoon, we arrived in Bruges, after an emotional morning at the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam. We hopped on a local train, pain au chocolat in hand, and two hours later, we were in Belgium. Though there is a bus option if you want to save a few euro, we nabbed a cab from the train station to…

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