Archive for December, 2008

TTT: Take a break!

As you can tell by my infrequent posting this month, December has been super busy for me. What does that mean? It means I’m going to take my own advice. My travel tip this Tuesday is to take a break, whether you’re going on a special trip or staying at home, whether you’re celebrating Christmas or just grateful for a couple of days off of work. Take some time to relax!


December 23, 2008 at 8:31 am 5 comments

TTT: Skip Venice October-December

As I’m working on my Venice post for y’all, I’m thinking about the terrible flooding that happened this year.  For Travel Tip Tuesday this week, my recommendation is to go see Venice ASAP – but not in October, November, or December if you can help it.


December 16, 2008 at 8:54 am 1 comment

My upcoming travel plans

I can’t help myself.  I haven’t really even begun sharing all the tips from our last cruise with you, and I’m already working on more trips.  Actually, I’m thinking about my next FOUR trips!  lol


December 15, 2008 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

TTT: Celebrating the season

Check out the National Geographic blog for tips about how to celebrate in cities around the world – London, Chicago, Rome, and Paris.  I bet more are coming soon.  Keep an eye out for their holiday posts.

Images from National Geographic.

TTT: Travel Tip Tuesday

December 9, 2008 at 6:03 am 1 comment

World Beer Fest – fall 2008

I’m much belated in sharing the deets of the beer fest, but here goes.  I went to the daytime session in Durham in early October with my friend R and R’s friend J.  Luckily J was pretty easy to get along with, and we all had a blast.  I remembered my tips and planned pretty well.  I ate Bojangles beforehand, drank lots of water, didn’t bother to finish bad beer, and usually didn’t waste my time drinking beer with which I am already familiar.  We were there for a solid 4 hours, and I think it’s fair to say that R felt it after about an hour, J felt it after a couple of hours, and I only ended up the slightest bit tipsy for about the last 20 minutes.  🙂  (I prepped better than they did, was probably drinking beer a bit more often in advance of the fest, and was more willing to not drink the whole 2-4 ounces we were usually given.  I also have a weirdly high tolerance for my size.)  Here’s what we had.  I’ll italicize the ones I noted liking.

  1. Abita – Amber.  I gave the guy at the booth a hard time about not bringing the pecan and whether they’d copied Lazy Magnolia with that idea.  He didn’t know.
  2. Allagash Brewing Co. – White.
  3. Allagash Brewing Co. – Black.
  4. APIS Meadery – Kurpiowski Polish Mead.
  5. APIS Meadery – Bernardynski Polish Mead.
  6. Arcobrau Brauhaus – Urfass Lager.
  7. Arcobrau Brauhaus – Dark Lager.
  8. Asahi Beer – Asahi Super Dry.
  9. Azalea Coats Brewing Co. – Fokker Golden Ale. (more…)

December 5, 2008 at 12:30 pm 3 comments

Destination: Amsterdam

I’m ashamed.  I’ve been back for nearly 6 months now and haven’t completed my “destination” posts from our Europe trip this past summer.  I swear I won’t take so long in the future.  Anyway, here goes.  First up – Amsterdam.  I’ve wanted to go to Amsterdam since whatever age I read The Diary of Anne Frank (probably 3rd or 4th grade I imagine).  On our way from Raleigh to Venice, we had to have at least one or two layovers.  Most of the cheapest flights connected twice – once in the US and then once in Europe.  I noticed several going through Amsterdam, so I chose a flight that gave us about 11 hours in Amsterdam. 


December 3, 2008 at 7:02 am 3 comments

TTT: Review pictures in advance

If you’re like me, your favorite souvenirs from your trips are your photos.  You may also be like me in that you are not an especially creative photographer and have trouble coming up with unique perspectives while taking pics.  For this Travel Tip Tuesday, I’m advising that you do some browsing of pictures of the places you plan to visit on your next trip.  You might see an amazing picture taken from Notre Dame with a gargoyle helping to frame it.  Then you can try your hand at re-creating that pictures instead of just snapping the usual Paris cityscape after your climb.  Trust me – this is something that’s absolutely worth the time.


December 2, 2008 at 7:06 am 1 comment

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