Europe 2013 Archive

The best craft beer in Bruges, Belgium

Belgium is a fantastic beer country filled with a rich brewing tradition. This tradition is so strong that there are entire styles that Belgium does far better than anyone else. The tiny country is filled with great breweries and beer bars, including in the picturesque city of Bruges. Here are my favorite places to drink craft […]

Europe: Bruges, Day 20

The previous day had been clear and sunny, but still cold. On my final day in Bruges, the crisp, clean air was replaced by some of the densest fog I have ever seen. Since I had walked through much of the city already, I didn’t mind getting to see it in a completely different way […]

Europe: Bruges, Day 19

On my first full day in Bruges, I awoke to a sparkling clear day. The cold had not subsided, but the sky was clear and blue. With the sky being cloudless, my first stop after eating a requisite Belgian waffle was obvious: the Belfry of Bruges, AKA the Belfort. It sits right at the Markt (Market) […]

Europe: Como to Zurich, Day 15

This part of my trip was comprised of just a couple of nights in each place, so I was off to Zurich, Switzerland the next day. Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Italy with one last train fiasco. I arrived at the station in Como to find that every train was listed as […]

Europe: Rimini to Lake Como, Day 13

After the quick sojourn to Rimini/San Marino, my next destination was the north of Italy, specifically Comer See (Lake Como). Given my previous train experiences in Italy, I was less than optimistic that I would actually make it there, but set out on the journey anyway, since pessimism is part of the fun of traveling. My […]

Europe: San Marino, Day 12

Another day, another trip to a tiny European nation. San Marino sits just inside the eastern coast of Italy, completely surrounded by it, due east of Florence, and just southwest of Rimini, the nearest Italian city. It’s the 3rd smallest country in Europe. There are frequent buses from Rimini, and the whole winding ride takes about […]

Europe: Nice – Monaco, Day 9

One of the goals of this trip was to get to all of the tiny European countries that I had missed on previous trips. The first on the list was the tiny, incredibly rich, Principality of Monaco. I had originally intended to get off at the train stop before Monaco, Cap d’Ail, and then walk […]

Europe: Nice – Cote d’Azur, Day 8

My first full day in Nice wasn’t actually spent in Nice. Truth be told, I actually didn’t spend a ton of time there, instead opting to use it as a base for day trips around the Cote d’Azur (French Riviera for those of you who are uncultured). I took a 20 minute bus ride to Eze, a […]

Europe: Paris to Nice, Day 7

For the most part, the ride to Nice was uneventful. We finally got out of the clouds and fog about 2.5 hours into the journey, and it was then sunny for the rest of the way. I activated my Eurail pass for the ride, giving me unlimited train travel for the next 15 days of […]

Europe: Paris, Day 6

On my final day in Paris, I headed to Montmartre, home of many famous artists such as Dali, Monet, and Picasso, as well as Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. I’m not sure if it was because it was off-season or if I just wandered through the wrong areas, but I was pretty unimpressed with the neighborhood. Sure, […]