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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amsterdam: hits & misses

As accidental as our poor planning for this trip was, hubs and I had psyched ourselves up for a laid back 10 days of city exploration… but somehow, still ended up being pretty busy during our two days in Amsterdam. Despite this and the rain/wind/hail situation happening when we arrived, we fell in love with the city almost immediately, and came away with more things that we’d recommend you plan to do than avoid while in Amsterdam. HITS The Hotel Pulitzer Situated right along a canal and next to the Nine Streets, the surrounding neighborhood is everything you picture Amsterdam to be (you know, as long as you’re not picturing drugged up prostitutes everywhere, WHICH…

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two days in amsterdam

I know this will come as a surprise, but Hubs and I didn’t take much into consideration before deciding on Amsterdam, Bruges, Brussels, and London for our fall trip this year. Eastern Europe was at the top of our list, but we knew we wouldn’t have enough time to plan that trip the way we wanted to…. and you might recall that thanks to Fashion Week, our foresight couldn’t have been more correct. Lazy or not, we were in serious need of stops that did not require much in the way of advanced planning. We were lucky to find that this was the case, and we weren’t even THAT affected when we got to JFK…

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one month countdown to europe 2k11

Hubs and I leave one month from today for our grand tour of Amsterdam, Bruges, Brussels, and London. Our plane tickets are booked, our hotel rooms are reserved, and I’m counting down the seconds to when I shut down my computer and hail a cab to JFK. As I’ve mentioned, that’s usually the extent of our planning. We make a list of places we want to see, and if it’s necessary to buy tickets in advance we’ll do it, but otherwise we’re pretty much ready to go. Except, of course, for the most important part: packing. You might remember how important the right outfit is to me when traveling, and yesterday at work, I was…

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