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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

Lanesville Heritage Weekend is here again, and my mind is wandering (again)

On Indiana State Road 62, the main highway through Lanesville, there stands a sturdy red barn with nicely restored Mail Pouch Tobacco advertisements on...

Down the rabbit hole with Radio GDR

Merely a bookmark to offer: Radio GDR. Life in the former East Germany holds an ongoing fascination for many people. Join us on the East Germany...

ON THE AVENUES: Daze of future passed (1998 – 2021)

Pints&union began operations three years ago yesterday (and today, and this week). The following column first appeared at the NA Confidential blog in 2018,...

Werner Tübke, East German art, and the Americans in 1989

When the following article appeared in 2017, all of the talk in America was about building walls. Characteristically The Magnificent Trumpolini never understood that...

Learn more about Käthe Kollwitz and her powerful visual legacy

 Käthe Kollwitz is an artist we should know and celebrate. Controversy is the least of the reasons why, although it's something I appreciate. Why Käthe...

An Afternoon with Santa Claus: Zürich’s Hürlimann Brewery, 1994

Exuberant excess in beer has been redefined so many times recently that I wouldn't know where to begin a survey of the territory, but...

Travel: Sofia, Bulgaria in June 1987

Yesterday, a review of a book about Bulgaria during the Cold War. https://www.rogerbaylor.com/2021/06/02/books-the-cold-war-from-the-margins-in-bulgaria/ 34 years ago Tuesday (June 1, 1987) I arrived in Sofia, capital of...

Beercycling by numbers, in Belgium

My band of beercyclists rode their bikes in and around the Westhoek region in Flanders five times in nine years (2000-2008), and I still...

To hell with car-centric burdens, but long live the Trabant!

I never cared very much for automobiles in the sense of stylishness. Growing up in a transitional zone between rural and suburban, I understood...

It was May Day in Vienna, 1987

Friday, May 1, 1987 was the 16th day of my second European immersion tour. Prior to arriving in Vienna earlier in the week, it...

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Think beer globally, drink beer locally, pair beer with food thoughtfully

Every major industrialized nation has A BEER (you can’t be a Real Country unless you have A BEER and an airline—it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear...

Menu Items: All the food was Greek to me, and gratefully so

Originally published at Food & Dining Magazine on 7 November 2021. --- “Edibles & Potables” is Food & Dining Magazine’s Sunday morning slot for a merry...

REWIND: “This week in solipsistic beer narcissism” (2014)

Lightly edited to remove a couple of obscure topical references. --- Are you fed up with words you don’t understand? Tired of scrolling down to your favorite...