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In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.
The Little Thing: Business Class passengers on KLM are given collectible miniature Delft blue houses.
It used to be that taking an international flight meant receiving gifts of complimentary playing cards, stationery (for composing all those mid-flight telegrams), and other niceties to pass the time. These days, even passengers paying top dollar to fly in First Class are lucky to enjoy a minimal amenity kit and an extra flute of champagne. One exception is KLM, who continue a 60+ year tradition of handing out special ceramic mini Delft houses to their Business Class passengers.
Drinking Travel / Oktoberfest Travel / Munich Travel / Germany Travel / Sam Adams / Events / Booze Travel / → All Tags
Kicking yourself for not pulling the trigger on a trip to Oktoberfest this year? And the year before and the one before that? You're not alone. But you know what will ensure you don't procrastinate again next year? Free tickets!
Sam Adams is currently running rounds of its National Stein Hoisting Competition, in which contestants have to hold a 1-liter stein of beer straight out in front of them for as long as possible without bending their arm or, worse, spilling the beer. The two hoisters who hold it up the longest (one male and one female) will each win a trip for two to next year’s Oktoberfest in Munich.
Sounds like a fun event, win or lose, sure to spark some energy in the bar. Keep in mind this is a national competition, though, so you’ll compete at your local event, but your time is compared against fellow beer lovers across the country. You can check out the current leaderboard here. So far, the best time for men is 13 minutes, 27 seconds and 9 minutes, 26 seconds for women.
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Prost! The 180th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany has already begun, but you're not too late to get in on the fun. Running from September 21st through October 6th, the celebration of beer and the autumn harvest returns with its 14 Big Tents, an amusement park, and all the sausages under heat lamps you can handle.
Naturally the focus is again on beer, but we're here to say that, yes, we've been to Oktoberfest before and, yes, there's more than just heading for the hops. It's definitely too late to make a table reservation in a major beer tent, but drinking other beverages can still yield you a seat.
Here's four other liquids to guzzle during Oktoberfest 2013:
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
Last week we paid $8 for a domestic beer while riding an Amtrak train.
In 1941, that price would have been the small sum of 25 cents on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, or the B&O for short.
Perhaps you recognized the railroad from playing games of Monopoly, as it's one of the four railroad properties. In real life, however, the Baltimore and Ohio was the Unites States' first passenger railroad, founded in 1828. While expanding beyond the east coast to connect into the Midwest, it operated through the Great Depression and the World Wars and eventually merged and merged again to become what is now known as the freight train operator CSX.
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The third film in Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, The World's End - about a group of friends who attempt to recreate a pub crawl from their youth and unwittingly become the world's only hope for survival against an aliens invasion - hits theaters in the U.S. next week.
With the movie's worldwide release, Hertfordshire, where most of the movie was filmed, is getting ready for its own invasion of tourists hoping to recreate the movie's big screen binge, starting at The First Post and ending at the aptly named The World’s End.
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As many already know, we have a serious obsession with airline cocktails, and so much is our passion that we occasionally name an In-Flight Cocktail of the Month. The aim is to highlight those special concoctions that flight attendants whip up with only a cocktail shaker, some tiny liquor bottles and a whole lot of hope that it won't make you drunk and unruly.
The best place to enjoy a Mai Tai is undoubtably while sitting in front of crystal clear blue water with your toes dug into some cool, white sand. However, we bet you didn't know it's been scientifically proven that the second best place for a Mai Tai is at 35,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean.
The first thing that comes to mind when we think of Munich is, without question, beer. The two are joined at the hip, their lips locked in love thanks to the yearly Oktoberfest celebration that has drawn so many and tattooed the Bavarian city with a feel-good reputation.
As the most famous beer hall in the world, the Hofbrauhaus typically gets the bulk of the love and attention with its location in the city center. It will jump out of every guide book, and ask someone who’s been to Munich for a recommendation, and they most always respond with some form of “well, you’ve got to have a beer at the Hofbrauhaus.”
And we agree, but allow us to recommend a place we liked even better than the Hofbrauhaus, a place just as epic: the largest beer garden in the world. Located in a lovely park, the beer garden at Königlicher Hirschgarten seats 8,000 people (yes, 8,000!) under large chestnut trees, with a live band and a serve-yourself concession of German sausage and brats, pork knuckle, giant soft pretzels, sauerkraut, grilled chicken, etc.
When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
Bermuda is the kind of destination where it's good manners to have a drink with breakfast, which means it's the kind of place we like to visit. And the island's best-loved local booze is Gosling's Rum, some of which is so sacred that it can't even be taken out of the country. Luckily, one of the bottles you can take home with you is Gosling's Bermuda Gold Liqueur.
The liqueur is made from loquats, a plum-like fruit that grows on the island. Since it's on the sweet side, it's not really a chugging alcohol. It mixes nicely with Coke, and locals also recommend it poured on top of vanilla ice cream. Either way sounds good to us.
[Photo: Lilit M, uncommoncaribbean]
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The temperatures are warming up and that can only mean one thing for the city of Chicago; it's festival season! We don't know, but it might be that fact that the majority of the year Chicagoans are cooped up indoors to dodge the wintery weather, but very few cities around the world love their street fairs as much as Chi-town does.
Annual events like Taste of Chicago, North Halsted Street Market Days and Blues Fest will be in full effect on their respective weekends, but we've got some festival favorites. Pack some comfy shoes, sunscreen and social skills because it's time to hit the streets.
Flying through Glasgow? Like Whisky? You're in luck! Thanks to a match-made-in-heaven partnership between British Airways and Pernod Ricard, some travelers passing through Glasgow International Airport who prefer a scotch on the rocks (or served any other way) will be treated to special Whisky Bar and Snug.
Located in BA's Executive Lounge, passengers lucky enough to gain entry to the lounge can settle back with a stiff one in the special section devoted to the national drink of Scotland. The Glenlivet Whisky Bar is just part of the $1.2 million the airline forked over to refurbish the lounge.
Just the other day we heard about Turkish Airlines and their problem with red lipstick, and now it looks like the carrier is getting ready to ban even more in-flight stuff. Apparently the airline is not too keen on serving alcohol to Russian passengers, because apparently they’re a little too thirsty when it comes to up in the air beverage consumption.
The news is trickling out from a couple of sources, as the reports appear to have started over in Russia. If things are true the carrier would move to stop serving alcoholic beverages on flights to and from Russia, as Turkish Airlines isn’t really up for dealing with potentially unruly passengers.
No trip to St. Croix is complete without getting up close and personal with one of its most famous exports - Rum. The Cruzan Rum Distillery has been making some of the most popular rum in the Caribbean for more than 300 years.
For just $4, visitors can take a tour of the factory and see exactly how the rum is made and distributed. When you arrive at the distillery it is easy to see why their motto is "Welcome to the Don't Hurry". A cool breeze seems to drift through the open-air gift shop/bar/seating area even on the warmest days and, considering the work being done, the estate was surprising calm and quiet. Of course, the sweet smell of molasses wafting through the air doesn't hurt either.