Guide to the Best Brews of Brussels

Belgium beer are the bee’s knees. I was going to first provide a full Brussels City Guide, but I think that it is important to create one just for the beer! And the beer being a main course in Belgium, it only seemed fitting.

:::CAFE LEFFE:::

Our first stop was Cafe Leffe. As you can see below, we didn’t even get to our Airbnb to drop off our bags, having a Leffe was first on the list. This spot is not only in the beautiful Salon Center but also has all Leffe brews on tap. The Leffe Ruby being my favorite, so refreshing and yummy. We definitely came back here multiple times.

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 :::DELIRIUM CAFE:::

Delirium Cafe is known for their beer selection…as in 2400 different types of beer! They have a catalog for their beer menu…it’s crazy. It is kind of chaotic here, but worth checking out! We first ordered the Delirium Nocturnum on tap > Delicious! Then we went on to beers like the La Trappe, Pink Killer, and St. Bernardus. Great spot when looking for a unique selection of beer!

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:::AU BRASSEUR:::

Au Brasseur was the only place where we could find a sampler of Belgium Beers. You can order a sampler of 3, 6, 9 or 15 Belgium beers. This place was packed at night so we went during the late afternoon, when it was slower and shared the 9 beer sampler. {ALSO: The only take CASH Euros, no cards accepted.}

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Plus: There are many shops where you can browse beers by region!

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Look for more pictures and full city guide coming soon!

Happy adventures,

Erika

My Eight Carry-On Essentials for Long-Haul Flights

My carry-on bag for those long cross-Atlantic flights has been perfected! I currently don’t work many international flights (due to my base & seniority mostly), but I do fly a lot of red-eyes and try to take as many weekend trips to Europe that I can fit in. Now with more of a routine in place, it makes those 8+ hours feel less intimidating.

Long Haul Essentials

Here is how I prepared for a red-eye or flight across the Atlantic, to say Brussels :). 

Step One::: Before I head to the airport, I shower and put my hair in a braid (using Essential #5, an EMI-JAY hair tie).

Step Two::: Confirm I have my passport, and that all the essentials above are in my carry-on! I also try to pack an empty water bottle to fill at the airport.

Step 3::: Once onboard and settled, I usually like to watch one movie and then after sleep for the next 4 or 5 hours. Ask for a cup of hot water and add the Zarbee’s Night Time Drink (Essential #1). It will not only protect your throat but ease you into a nice peaceful sleep.

[ I usually struggle to get to sleep and then if I do sleep, wake with a dry and sore throat. In a perfect world, I would not sleep with my mouth open…bahaha. Luckily, I finally found something that solves my problem >>ZARBEE’S!! They also have vitamin-filled or immune support supplements! AND with great ingredients!]

Step 4::: I find it necessary to have a sleep mask (Essential #2, accompanied by eye drops). If you are near a galley or bathroom there will always be a light on, and the mask solves that dilemma.

Step 5:::  Flights arrive into Europe in the morning, so I like to hit the ground running, no time to waste! Once I wake up, I go into the restroom and take out my braid, finger comb and fluff (maybe even apply some dry-shampoo, it can be hard to find in travel size). My hair was contained in the braid for my sleep and now can be let down with a nice wave.

Step 6::: I wipe down my face with a refreshing YestoCucumbers Face Wipes (Essential #4) and reapply makeup if I’m feeling ambitious.

Step 7::: And then of course brush my teeth and use some mouthwash (Essentials #7), that always helps with waking up too. After, apply some Burt’s Bees lip balm (Essential #3, the only chapstick that I use).

Step 8::: Finally hands need some EOS hand lotion (Essential #8).

ALSO:: Drink LOTS of water! Ricola drops (Essential #6) are a soothing treat too. Lemon mint is my favorite flavor :).

Long Haul Flight Essentials

Would always love to hear your travel tips or routines!

Happy travels!

Erika

The Perfect Day in Zürich

Zürich, Switzerland was a perfect mix of charm, history, style and tranquility. I really loved the city. I thought our day was perfectly planned and consisted of quiet walks, beautiful architecture, a boat ride on the lake, a peaceful picnic and bridge jumping!

The day started with a walk through Platzpitz Park, that led us to the Drahtschmidlisteg bridge where we took a little dip and a little jump. (First picture is me, second picture is my good friend Kacey.) The water was a tad chilly, but refreshing. There were ladders all along the river to get back up onto the side docks. I loved how active the river was…there were people rowing, swimming and sun-bathing near the bridge.

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We then took a walk down Bahnhofstrasse, which is the main street with shopping and restaurants. There are many little side streets with adorable cafes, flower shops, and a fancy boutiques.

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At the almost end of Bahnhofstrasse, we stumbled upon the famous Sprügnli, which has been creating decadent desserts since 1836. I picked up four macarons – for the picture below, going clockwise from upper left: Passion Fruit with Chocolate, Gold Champagne, Coffee and Raspberry.  And they were Y-U-M-M-Y!Macarons in Zurich | Scones in the Sky

Scones in the Sky | Sprügnli Raspberry Macaron

Continuing on, we arrived at the boat dock, Burkliplatz Zürich. We took the ‘short round trip’ that was an hour and a half long and covered about half of the lake. It cost 8.20 francs per person and was well worth it.  The full round trip being four hours long. I loved passing by the different towns and their variety in landscape & homes. Next time it would be nice to have more time to stop and look around each town. I loved seeing the Alps off in the distance, and wish I could have gotten a good photo of them.

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After the boat ride, we took the street named Wühre. The street bordered the river, and would go from cobble stone road to a bridge to a tunnel, and I loved it. Along the way, we stopped to visit the two amazing cathedrals in the city: Grossmünster and Fraumünster.

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Picnic in Zurich | Scones in the Sky

Picnic in Zurich | Scones in the Sky

 

Happy adventures,

Erika

P.S. There were so many swans…I mean…seriously a fairytale city!

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The Last of Crete, Greece

Here we go…the last of the pictures from our time in Crete during our honeymoon. We loved our drives around the island. The one from Koutouloufari to the southern beaches of Keratokampos was especially gorgeous. We went through this picturesque village along the way that I haven’t remembered the name of (which is really driving me crazy! ha). I was obsessed with all the wild poppies growing on the side of the road. There is also a group of pictures of the city of Agios Nikolaos–that was one of my favorite days.  They had a great market, olive wood handcrafted products and beautiful views.

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Happy Adventures,

Erika

Crete, Greece — Honeymoon (part two cont.)

Back to the honeymoon adventures! It’s hard for me to only pick a minimal amount of pictures to show you all the wonders of our trip. I tried to…but I think I failed…because there are quiet a few pictures below.  I hope you can get to the island of Crete soon…it’s beautiful.

In the pictures, you will see our visit to the Palace of Knossos, Winery Stillanou, and Heraklion.  The beach at Keratokampos (including our drive along the way) and Agios Nikolaos will have to be posted tomorrow. The post was getting a little too long…you would be scrolling for dayyyssss. 😉

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Winery Stillanou

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Getting wine right from the vat 🙂

Heraklion

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Hiking to the old, abondoned windmills.

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Happy Adventures!

Erika

Airbnb – Dublin

Our Airbnb in Dublin was our first experience using this great site. And it set the bar high. Paddy & Lorna were incredible. Their listing HERE.

We went for my birthday last year, a quick 4 day trip to Ireland.  Here are my photos of their lovely home, and a few of our favorite day we spent in Dublin…in the fishing village of Howth, where we went on a gorgeous cliff walk.

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Lorna & Paddy’s adorable cat, Tiger, greeted us at their door

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:::Howth:::

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Lorna had also put together an extensive guidebook for us. That highlighted the “must-sees” around Dublin. Here are links to a few places we suggest going when in Ireland, some provided originally by Lorna.

Queen of Tarts –went here 3 times. Loved the Raspberry Scones, and Pies 🙂

Beerrrrrrr — buy tickets online first if you can. Free Guinness at the top!

V.C.C – a speakeasy, hard to find but worth the search! Amazing Cocktails.

The Stag’s Head – a must when in Dublin

Happy Adventures,

Erika