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On Notre-Dame Cathedral, evolution, growth, & rebuilding

As I watched flames consume the roof of the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, I thought back to my last proper trip to Paris. It was January 2013. Paris in January is grey & empty, a far cry from the summer months when most tourists visit. I love traveling to Europe in winter. It might […]

A visit to the David Hasselhoff Museum in Berlin, Germany

As Norm MacDonald once said on SNL, Germans love David Hasselhoff. Nowhere is this love more visible than at the David Hasselhoff Museum in Berlin. While looking at Google Maps when I was in Berlin, I spotted the “David Hasselhoff Museum”, and I knew I had to go check it out. The museum is located […]

The best craft beer in Prague, Czech Republic

It’s no secret that beer is popular in the Czech Republic. The country drinks more of it than anywhere in the world, and if you’re visiting Prague, you’ll quickly find that beer is cheaper than any other drink, with or without alcohol. Prague is of course filled with plenty of places where you can get […]

The best craft beer in Mammoth Lakes, California

Mammoth Lakes is one of the most beautiful areas of California, which is really saying something considering how much there is to see in the state. Between Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake, Devils Postpile National Monument, and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, there’s plenty to do outdoors year-round. After a long day of hiking or […]

A visit to Ambleside Roman Fort in the Lake District, England

The Lake District is filled with interesting historical spots. If you’re in Ambleside, it’s easy to miss the ruins of a Roman fort that have been preserved along the shore of Lake Windermere. Ambleside Roman Fort is located right near the town in a nice park, making it a nice quick detour if you’re nearby. […]

A visit to Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District, England

England’s Lake District is filled with interesting walks & plenty of ancient history. One unique place to visit is the Castlerigg Stone Circle, which is located just east of Keswick. It’s a dramatic construction set in a beautiful landscape, making for a nice little detour if you’re visiting the Lake District. A visit to Castlerigg […]

The Little Peeing Monk Statue in Tokyo, Japan

Sometimes when I’m traveling I like to just browse around Google Maps to see if anything interesting jumps out at me. When I was in Tokyo for cherry blossom season, I spotted something on Google Maps that I knew I had to check out: The Little Peeing Monk Statue. Where to find the Little Peeing […]

The best craft beer in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York

As time goes on, hipster neighborhoods evolve. What’s cool one year might not be as popular the next, once prices go up & artists, musicians, and small business owners start to get priced out. In New York City, Bushwick has supplanted Williamsburg as the hottest hipster area. The neighborhood is especially known for having some […]

The best craft beer in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York

Prospect Heights is a chill neighborhood in Brooklyn that is seeing new nightlife thanks to the opening of the Barclays Center, as well as the neighborhood becoming an appealing cheaper alternative to some trendier areas. Like nearby Clinton Hill, it also has a few great craft beer bars. Here are my favorite spots to drink […]

The best craft beer in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York

Along with neighboring Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill is a central area of Brooklyn that’s rapidly becoming a more popular place for younger New Yorkers to live. With popularity of course comes craft beer, and there are a couple of craft beer bars in Clinton Hill that stand out as great places to drink. Here are […]

The best craft beer in Paso Robles, California

Paso Robles, California has a lot going for it. Located halfway between San Francisco & Los Angeles, it’s a perfect layover break up the drive along the 101. Thanks to its hot springs, it has long been a getaway spot for travelers. The abundance of local wineries only serves to make Paso Robles a more […]

The best craft beer in Flushing, Queens, New York

Flushing, Queens, New York is known for a lot of things. The New York Mets. The U.S. Open tennis tournament. One of the most diverse populations in the country, with particularly large Chinese & Korean communities (and with those, amazing food). The Nanny. The World’s Fair. That clip of Homer Simpson seeing a bus heading […]

The 10 best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Japan

There’s a reason why millions of people flock to Japan to see the cherry blossoms bloom each spring in what is known in Japanese as the sakura. The sight of skies filling with tiny pink petals truly is magical. I’m usually someone who enjoys visiting places off-season, but when I had the chance to visit […]

The best craft beer in Atascadero, California

There are three options for driving between San Francisco & Los Angeles, depending on how much time you have for the journey. Following the 101 is the middle speed option, taking a somewhat less direct route through the small cities of central California. These cities make for nice weekend getaways or stopovers along the way. […]

The best craft beer in Carpinteria, California

After spending the previous couple of days in Paso Robles, my next stop on my road trip through California was Carpinteria. Carpinteria is a nice beach town located just east of Santa Barbara, along the 101 heading toward Los Angeles. It’s a nice place for an oceanside getaway in a place that’s pretty, but not […]