Boulder is a quaint town, perfectly nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With a strong western vibe and all the chillness a city can possibly possess, the relaxing atmosphere really takes hold. Avery Brewing is a short drive from downtown, and it’s well worth renting a car or taking an uber to it. Back in KC, I can get my hands on some of their beers, but I got to try a few new ones while out there. […]
Red Rocks Park is just 10 miles outside the city center of Denver, Colorado. These iconic red sandstone structures are home to an outdoor amphitheater that dates back to the 1940s and several hiking trails. The jagged configuration of rocks is known as a fountain formation. It’s believed to be between 290 and 340 million years old. The rocks themselves are red because the iron oxide they are made of has “rusted” or oxidized with exposure to the elements.
Just south of the tiny German town, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, stands the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains, at 9,718 feet above sea level. Zugspitze was most likely derived from the German word zugbahnen meaning avalanche paths. You can hike to the top or take a cable car. (I bet you can guess which one I did.) Once you’ve reached the peak, there are a few places to eat and drink. Don’t be a fool and forget a good pair of pants. Despite the warm weather down […]
Near the sweet little town of Garmisch Partenkirchen lies the Partnach Gorge, carved by a mountain river. It’s over 2,000 feet long and up to 260 feet deep. A winding foot path leads you along the side of the rushing waters, through caves and carved rock. It’s the kind of overwhelming nature that makes you feel 3 inches tall (which I think is a healthy thing to feel every once in a while to put humans in their proper place).
Nuremberg is a sweet little German town, surrounded by an old city gate and a few rivers. Perhaps I shouldn’t say little because it happens to be the second largest city in Bavaria, just after Munich. It dates back to the Middle Ages, 1050 to be exact. It’s been ravaged by the plague and home to much cultural growth during the Renaissance. Nuremberg was a hot spot during WWII, and almost completely bombed to smithereens. You may also remember it as […]
Maybe you remember that I was in Munich for Oktoberfest. Well, I got to go back and spend a little more time in the beautiful city. Of course, I made my way to the original Hofbrauhaus. It dates back to the 16th century and smelled a bit of barf, understandably so. There are plenty of little outdoor shops to peruse during the day in The Viktualienmarkt. And you can get a great view of the city if you climb the bell […]
Bavaria may be the most beautiful place I’ve ever been on planet earth. Driving the winding roads, awestruck by nature, you can’t help but feel like you’ve traveled back in time. (See a video of what that experience is like here.) We stayed a night in the ancient Roman city of Füssen, and it felt like one of the most peaceful places in the world. It’s located right by Ludwig II’s castle, Neuschwanstein. The beautiful Romanesque Revival construction was meticulously planned out and […]
Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, is one of the most unique cities I’ve seen to date. The canal system leaves a beautiful footprint that people have creatively filled with homes, an abundance of art museums, and coffeshops aplenty. I love seeing cities that continue to thrive amidst their historical foundations–believe it or not, this place has some history. Their earliest known records date back to 1275. Although compared to other Dutch cities (like Rotterdam, which I’ll get into later), Amsterdam is quite […]