Belgian Beer Tours: What’s It Like to Take One and Is It Worth It?

During my PlacePass beer tour of Brussels, my tour guide Simon had no qualms about telling us, a group of Americans, exactly what he thought of American beer. He was the leader of a two and a half hour long beer tasting tour in Brussels, and he was certainly proud of his country’s beer heritage. After being assured that American …

Your Visit to Liverpool: Understanding Scouse

When you visit Liverpool, you’ll probably notice their accent is rather different from what most people associate with a British accent. The distinct Liverpudlian lilt has confounded and intrigued visitors for decades. In “Scouse,” as the accent is called, “cut” rhymes with “foot,” “nurse” has the same vowel as “square,” and T is often dropped from the end of words. …

Portuguese Fado: The Music of Lisbon

As emotional as it is beautiful, fado music strummed its way onto the scene in the 1800s and has since then solidified its status as the music of Lisbon. Portuguese fado is characterized by slow, emotional, melancholy lyrics often sung by a revered singer and accompanied by typical Portuguese string instruments. In traditional fado houses where guests can listen to …

Visit Hungary: History’s Architectural Legacy

When you visit Hungary, you will definitely take note of it’s architecture. For a country at the intersection of three civilizations—Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East—it’s remarkable that Hungary has managed to retain a distinct identity. At the same time, the marks of the region’s former empires have left their traces on Budapest’s physical and cultural landscape. The …

The Ideal European Trip Itinerary: 15 cities in 6 weeks

Having trouble planning your European trip? Don’t worry, we know there are too many incredible cities to visit, so we’ve put this bucket-list European itinerary together to help you navigate your options. Brace yourself. This is one serious trip, but it’s absolutely worth it. We recommend you tackle it with us, so you don’t miss out on any of these …

Harry Potter’s London: 8 movie spots you might recognize

Visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or re-reading all seven books are both great ways to re-live the Harry Potter series. If you find yourself in London, however, we we’ve got the perfect Harry Potter’s London tour for you! On this Harry Potter Bus Tour, you will come face-to-face with the places that inspired some of your favorite scenes! What could be better …

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Kafka and Prague: 9 Must-See Sights for Any Kafka Fan

Though Prague is only mentioned by name a few times in any of Kafka’s works, Kafka and Prague have a long and important relationship. It’s clear through his writing that the city left an indelible mark on his psyche. A German-Jew, Kafka was doubly marginalized during a time when anti-foreign and anti-Semitic feelings were strong in Prague. Though he tried to …

Iceland Glacier Trekking: An Adventure Through Falljökull

By: Eric Chin, a Let’s Go! researcher-writer I’ve always thought it would be awesome to be a mountaineer. Who hasn’t, at some point in their life, dreamed about strapping on a harness and spikes and scaling a sheer mountain face, or standing on the summit of Mt. Everest? That’s why this PlacePass tour caught my eye. We all know what …

Cliff Diving In Split, Croatia

By: Gavin Moulton, a Let’s Go! researcher-writer “If you climbed these cliffs in communist times, you’d catch a bullet.” That was not the reassuring news I wanted to hear as I was about to jump off the edge of a cliff next to Yugoslav dictator Tito’s former villa, which is currently an active Croatian military compound. All manmade threats to my …