Flew out on the A380 for the first time. Too bad I was in economy...
You can watch the view via your screen and cameras placed on the exterior of the plane. Here is the view as we fly over the Golden Gate Bridge on takeoff.
Heidelberg Castle. Upon arriving in Germany I like to wander around the city to help adjust to the time change. if I stayed in the hotel I'd fall asleep, no bueno for jetlag.
Ahh, first beer of the trip.
Outside the first brewery - Kulturbrauerei
Wandered over to the old bridge.
Statue at the base of the old bridge.
Found some decor for our pergola/biergarten.
Next stop - Vetter brewery for another beer and an early dinner.
Best fried potatoes in town.
The next morning I was up early for a run through the old city. A different view than my normal running paths!
Early morning light along the Neckar river.
On Friday after work we hopped on a train to Brussels. Let the weekend begin!
Arriving in Brussels at 1 am to so much partying! Felt more like Times Square on New Years Eve.
First beer in Brussels - nothing unique, but it sure tasted good after some travel difficulties.
Brussels in the morning - partiers replaced with tourists. I step out of my hotel (the pictured Marriott) and see a horse drawn carriage. The first of many Brussels moments where I just shrug my shoulders and go, "okay".
The Brussels Town Hall and the Grand Place
I stopped for breakfast - coffee and a waffle - and was joined by this kitty.
Waffles in Belgium have ruined them in the US for me...so different, so amazing.
Waffle and kitty - breakfast of champoins.
Brussels Town Hall
Flower Market in the middle of Grand Place
Door to the Town Hall
One of the museums found along the Grand Place
Wider view of the full town hall
I found my place of worship
Next I walked over to the famous statue Mannekin Pis
Back at the Grand Place, my next goal was to find chocolate.
Found some! There are many chocolate shops, I liked this one because they were making the chocolates by hand right there.
I had some time to kill before my scheduled beer tour so I wandered some more. Found myself in this little alley where the famous Delirium Cafe sits.
And the female counterpart of the other statue.
I spent a lot of time wandering with my head up, admiring the architecture.
Back at the Bier Temple. Found some goodies to bring home!
This place is legendary, but I found other places I liked more. Still, we made sure to pay our respects and have a Delirium Tremens on tap.
Inside the Delirium Cafe.
We did a walking beer tour, our first stop was Au Bon Dieux Temps, a 300 year old pub.
It's quite tucked away down an alley and through two small doors.
My first beer of the tour, a trappist Tripel at 9.5%. Oh boy!
Luckily, we then walked quite a bit to our next stop, crossing carnivals and parades and marching bands. Okay.
And then the heavens parted and angels sang. I was finally at Cantillon, the only beer destination on my life's bucket list.
It's not a brewery as much as it is a museum and living organism.
Cedric, our beer tour guide was fantastic. Knowledgeable, fun, and patient.