With brewing traditions dating back to the earliest historical records, Europe remains king of craft beer. Beer aficionados will argue endlessly over their own personal favorite European beer locales, but a few stand out as especially celebrated. Here are six of the best places to drink a beer in Europe that should be included on…


On the streets of Oberammergau today, it is quiet. There is little indication that, less than a year from now, this small German village will be packed with visitors from all over the world. Oberammergau’s Passion Play, which will take place next summer, is perhaps the most anticipated event in the world of tourism. Locals…

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A Meal Inside the Mountain

Posted by Brian Jewell in Europe on July 22, 2009


Salzburg, Austria is a city with lots to see and do, including a mountaintop fortress and the birthplace and childhood home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. But one of the most interesting facets of our visit there today was dinner at St. Peter’s Restaurant, which is well over a thousand years old. Founded in the year…

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Images of Innsbruck

Posted by Brian Jewell in Europe on July 20, 2009


If a picture is worth a thousand words, then snapshots of Innsbruck, Austria are worth 10,000. This city high up in Austria’s Alps is the second largest in the country.  And while there are many noteworthy facets, including a thriving cultural and educational scene, nothing is more impressive than Austria’s Old Town. The area known…

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A Home in the Alps

Posted by Brian Jewell in Europe on July 19, 2009


It’s hard to visit the remote Alpine villages of Switzerland without wondering what it would be like to live here. Although there must be downsides to living in small, difficult-to-reach places, the natural beauty and cultural charm of these places makes them feel like heaven on earth to visitors. This morning we visited the small…

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Dining at a Bernese treasure

Posted by Brian Jewell in Europe on July 18, 2009


Kornhaus Keller doesn’t look like much from the outside. But inside, this historic restaurant proves to be one of the great secret treasures of Bern. The building was constructed between 1711 and 1718, a sandstone work in High Baroque style. During its lifetime, it served as a granary and market hall, an alehouse and a…


There’s nothing like traveling in Europe to shake up your perspective on history. In the United States, we get excited about things that are 200 years old; in the West, where some states have yet to celebrate their centennials, even newer items and places get the historic treatment. But visit Europe, where cities and buildings…

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My Favorite Things

Posted by Brian Jewell in Europe on July 16, 2009


If Switzerland is the land of cheese and chocolates, we wasted no time diving in to the heart of the country. Our first full day of the tour has taken us from Bern, the capital city and our home base in Switzerland, to Gruyere, a small village area in the French-speaking part of the country….