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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.

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...

Donald Niebyl tells the amazing story of Yugoslavia’s pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal

In 1987 for the first and only time, my European tour itinerary included Yugoslavia. It was fascinating for all the usual reasons, and at...

An absolute fascination with “The 15 Tallest Skyscrapers of Yugoslavia”

If Donald Niebyl created a calendar with these images I'd snatch one up. My only visit to Yugoslavia when constituted as such came in 1987,...

“Arthur Frommer’s Europe on $25 a Day” absolutely changed my life

At 91, Arthur Frommer still preaches the budget travel gospel, just as he did when I was converted 35 years ago. As it was...

Even the Commies know I’m not a Communist

Whenever locals refer to me as a communist, it strikes me far less as an insult than the understandably ineffectual flailing of dullards. It also...

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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,...

Moody Tongue Beer Dinner at The Exchange in New Albany, 28 July 2021

At Moody Tongue, our goal is to create thoughtful, exciting beers that blend familiar flavors with quality ingredients through our philosophy of culinary brewing:...

Diary for 28 July 2021: “Craft” is especially nonsensical when tacked to “hard” seltzer

The point of these “diary” entries is to write as the mood strikes me, in the moment. I'd suggest we piss on hard seltzer, but...