The Belgians figured out a long, long time ago that good beer is a key part of the good life. And before beer was pasteurized, beer making was a local craft. That craft is returning through microbreweries in the US and around the world. And I find out this morning, Tallinn is developing its own microbrewery culture. I think this will really take off and am glad to see it get started!
We all have visions of how life could be really great. And for some people, things seem to work out that way. Isabel Lucas got her start as an actress like this
The ethereal bohemian beauty was discovered back in 2002
Well, it is nice to be described as an “ethereal bohemian”, beauty or not. But how was she discovered?
… while she was lazing under a mango tree at an organic market
Lazing under a mango tree? Perhaps it is because I spend a lot of time in a northern climate up here in Tartu. but that image resonates. BTW, you can have a chilled caipirinha at a hostel called the Mango Tree near the Ipanema beach in Rio …
You might ask, “who is Jim Oseland?” Up until just a few days ago, Jim was the senior editor of Saveur Magazine. I know because I like Saveur online. It is a food mag, but not just a food mag. I gets into lifestyle and travel things and does so on a pretty high level. So Jim got my attention. But Jim is leaving Saveur to edit a magazine called “Organic Life” that is put out by the folks at Rodale. I will keep an eye on this to see if Jim adds some flair to this venture. Methinks it needs it.
Here is Jim chowing down at a cooking competition
Towards the end of the novel, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, we are taken to the lovely city of Zurich. I can attest to the charm of this great city. In the book, our hero makes use of two hotels the “Matterhorn” and the “Zimmertal”. These are fictional names. The movie used the Dolder Grand Hotel as a backdrop, which is a luxury spa on the edge of town and seriously nice. Here is a peek at the Dolder
Hmmm … but there are other options. And to walk to the bank, our hero would have needed a more central location. Perhaps the Storchen?
Street art used to be local but that is changing. Art promoters are starting to realize that street art is a perfect medium to spread digitally. And so the street art celebrity has bee born. You can follow your favorite street artists on Instagram. I kind of like Cleon Peterson. How about you?
I get into arguments from time to time which Greek island is the most fun to visit. Rhodes for hospitality? Crete for food. Mykonos for fooling around? Well … you can offer your own ideas. At least one traveler says Mykonos is pretty cool. .So which do you choose?
A great start to a travel blog post
There’s a place in Croatia that I love even more than the old city of Dubrovnik, the saltwater lakes of Mljet, the architecture of Korčula, the colors of Rovinj, the beaches of Pučišća, and the waterfalls at Krka.
That place is Zadar, and I confess I have not yet had the good fortune to visit. But here is a nice image of their sea side solar disk installation