Europe

London Eye

The London Eye Sees All

When you go on vacation, going to the top of things is often high on the list of sightseeing activities, and London has its fair share of tall buildings and monuments. However, the London Eye is one of the easiest, accessible and most spectacular ways to get an eagle eye view of  London.… Continue Reading →

Segovia

A Pleasant Day Trip From Madrid

When the Spanish sun makes Madrid too hot to handle, do what the locals do and head for the hills. Segovia is located about an hour north of the city, and at 1000 feet higher than the capital, it’s cooler and breezier than the capitol.… Continue Reading →

Anne Frank House

A Human Face on the Cost of War

Photo Courtesy Massimo Catarinella

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, is one of the most moving and thought-provoking books ever written. If you haven’t already read it – stop reading this post right now and go find a copy. If you have read it – a pilgrimage to Amsterdam to see the annex where Anne, her family and the van Pels family lived for years during World War II, is a worthwhile endeavor that will drive home the dreadful human cost of war.… Continue Reading →

Dutch Resistance Museum

A Fascinating Documentation of the Dutch Resistance During World War II

World War II started for the Dutch in May 1940 with the bombing of Rotterdam. It continued through the deportation of most of nation’s 140,000 Jews (only 30,000 would survive the war), the failed Operation Market Garden (the basis of the film A Bridge Too Far) and the Hunger Winter of 1944-1945.… Continue Reading →

Tuschinski Theatre

Dinner and a Movie – Amsterdam Style

Our favorite date night in Amsterdam: lingering over beer & bitterballen at De Beiaard, then strolling over to the Tuschinski Theatre to catch a popcorn flick. Now, we know what you are thinking: “Why are you seeing a movie on vacation that you could see at home?… Continue Reading →

Zandvoort aan Zee

Biking Excursion Outside of Amsterdam

Zandvoort aan Zee is a seaside resort town with something for everyone: miles of beaches for swimmers and sunbathers, cute stores where your mom can shop, casinos where your dad can lose some souvenir money and a national park for the whole family to explore. At only 30 minutes by train from Amsterdam Centraal, it is the perfect day (or even half-day) trip.… Continue Reading →

Flam: Norway In A Nutshell

Fjord Escape

Norway is gorgeous: fact. Norway is expensive: fact. These can be reconciled to an affordable, unforgettable experience: fact.

The village of Flam, with its 400 or so full-time residents, is located in the heart of Norway’s fjords. It is part of the “Norway in a Nutshell” tour, a combination of trains, buses and ferries that brings tourists across the country from Oslo to Bergen.… Continue Reading →

Heineken Experience

Have You Ever Been To A Beer Experience? Well, I Have.

We talk a lot about beer and breweries here at L&A. It could be our German ancestry or Wisconsin residency, but it is probably because beer tastes good.  Heineken is no exception. Now, I know there are some haters out there who call Heineken (and any other green bottle brew) skunky, but hear me out.… Continue Reading →

Templo de Debod

Egyptian Temple Rebuilt In The Heart Of Madrid

Construction on Templo de Debod began in on the shores of the Nile in Egypt in the second century BC. It stood there for over 2000 years until the construction of a dam forced the temple to be moved. It was dismantled between 1969 and 1970 and moved to Spain where it was rebuilt brick by brick in Madrid.… Continue Reading →

AEgir Brewery

Aegir Brewery, Flam, Norway

Dramatic Scenery & Bold Beers in Norway

An American brewer falls in love with a Norwegian woman, and the result is Ægir Brewery – one of most beautiful bars in one of the most beautiful towns on earth. However, the brewery is more than a just pretty face in a pretty place: the beer here is damn good.… Continue Reading →