Sunday, September 13, 2020
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Just for fun I picked a 11 day excursion to see what the airfare looked like end of March first of April. I know they can't go out much further than that. I found a TAP Portugal flight from ORD to LIS (1.5 hour layover) to TXL for $204.00. It was a bout a 13 hour flight. The return out of MUC to LIS (5 hour layover) to ORD was $277.00. It is a 17 hour flight! Includes no seat selection but does allow for one carry on and a personal item. Total of $481.00 I will say Delta and American and their partners are no way close to these numbers. What the heck, they look like jets (Well kinda they are Airbus) and the seating looks the same. I always sit in the back as I would be the last to hit the water.
Monday, September 07, 2020
Ok, the first draft of next year's Bier Immersian 2021 trip has come a little quicker than I thought. If you are reading this before the previous post, please read that one first to set the stage.
I am suggesting the following bier immersion for our trip. This includes five different locations and bier styles prior to the culmination of the trip in München. We will start in the north and work our way south, visiting these cities and sampling their bier (remember, this is just a suggested itinerary. add value if you can):
Berlin: Berliner Weiße
Berliner Weiße is a light and sour wheat beer, which is sweetened by a shot of himbeer (raspberry) or waldmeister (woodruff-flavored) syrup giving it a candy-colored red or green color.
A German style brown ale, “Alt” means old, and the name refers to the pre-lager brewing method of using warm top-fermenting yeast like British pale ales.
Kölsch, meaning "of Cologne", locals are proud of their beer which is brewed exclusively in the Cologne region.
The secret of this beer’s mild smoked flavor is the century-old process of drying malt over an open fire made from beech wood logs.
München: Helles, Weisbier, Dopplebock
Let the discussion begin.............
Saturday, September 05, 2020
What? Oktoberfest 2021? Even though this year's 'Fest has been cancelled, it would not have even started yet. Are you guys crazy?
Well, yes, we are probably crazy. But nonetheless, it is never too early to start planning an Oktoberfest trip. We have already begun informal discussions, and next year's trip is going to be a bit different.
We are discussing a trip that celebrates the different bier of Germany, not just München. We expect to start our sojourn somewhere in northern Germany, and work our way south sampling the different biers in different regions. This "pre-trip", if you will, will culminate with a traditional visit to Oktoberfest in München. Details of the bier immersion trip will start flowing shortly. Items to be discussed include, where do we go, how long are we there, how do we get from Point-A to Point-B, and so on. Current thoughts are 4-5 different cities, and 7-10 days of bier immersion.
Please stayed tuned in the next few days for the first draft of Bier Immersion 2021. Your input is extremely important. Where do we want to go? How long do we want to stay? Is it only bier focused or should we also immerse ourselves in culture? So much to decide. Maybe I should go have a cold one to get started.
If you are so inclined, you can also provide your input to the first draft prior to publication. Let me know your thoughts.
Friday, July 24, 2020
Painless, the US carriers could take a lesson on customer service from those folks at BA!
Just waiting for American to cancel my flight to London and the fight not to get a voucher!!
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
I just looked at an email form SWAirlines on a big fare sale. Flights out of CVG to Albuquerque for example is around $300 round trip . Bags fly free!!
OUT of MDW (Chicago) $238 dollars to Albuquerque round trip in September
Just some data points if we do a western swing trip. Of course David it would be an eastern swing, but he has always leaned the wrong way! Ha Ha
Monday, July 13, 2020
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
German Travel Ban Extended
It's now out to August 31st. Cutting it close. Of course, if Americans behave, follow prudent guidelines, we don't spread the virus, and our infection/mortality rate goes down, then we are in good shape!