Friday, August 31, 2018

Rhine Falls, Switzerland


The Rhine Falls is one of the 3 biggest waterfalls in Europe. This year the water level is very low for this time of the year, a consequence of this hot and dry summer (about which I don't want to complain).

Usually the amount of water flowing down in the summer time is about 600 m3/s (~158'500 gal/s)  and 250 m3/s (~66'000 gal/s) in the winter time. During this visit it was just 190 m3/s (50'200 gal/s).

Luckily I was there early enough to avoid the big crowds of tourists and I walked some quiet paths along the River Rhine when more and more busses arrived.

Enjoy the pictures and let me take you to a virtual trip to the Rhine Falls... a designated smoking spot with a great view...

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Monday, August 27, 2018

The resurrection of this blog


Yes, it was silent here for  a long time but I think it is time to bring back some life in this blog.

Maybe in the first steps more like a picture story than a real report, but hey: that will be better than nothing...

Stay tuned, something should go online within the next days...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 in pictures


It's time to sum up another year with some nice pictures... many good memories are connected to those. As always it's really hard to reduce all the pix of one month down to one... a click on the picture'll bring you to the corresponding report... this year there are only 4 pics, as I stopped posting (temporarily) in April...

  • January
A visit to.... Laphroaig
  • February
Surf'n'Turf Burger
  • March
Whisky ad... rack of lamb

  • April
Pirates of the Caribbean

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

03/24 - 04/08 - Pirates of the Caribbean


It was something that we'd on mind since a long time and last year we decided to book a cruise in the Carribean Sea with Mein Schiff 5.

The tour started in La Romana / Dominican Republic and had the following stations:

  • Roseau, Dominica
  • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadaloupe
  • Fort-de-France, Martinique
  • Castries, St. Lucia
  • St. George's, Grenada
  • Kralendijk, Bonaire
  • Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • La Romana, Dominican Republic

We'd a wonderful time, perfect weather, good company, excellent food and some cigars. Nothing to complain about.

Now about some sad news: due to rapidly droping page views over the last months (and also some other personal priorities), I will reduce my activities here, therefore this will be the last posting for the time being... maybe I will revive it again this year... or finish it completely... I'm not sure yet.


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Who let the (Brew)dogs out?


Brewdog definitely has a nice range of different craftbeers which are worth trying... I went through a few of those, here are my impressions.


Five AM Red Ale

The nose is very malty with a roasted aroma combined with some hops.

The taste is also very malty with a decent bitterness.



Dead Pony Pale Ale

Lots of tropical fruits with a good amount of malts...

The tropical fruits like mango and pineapple are also present of the palate with some maltiness in the background. Easy to drink and very enjoyable, lightly hopped.



Punk IPA

A load of citrus and hops hits the nose, well, that's an IPA like I would expect it.

On the palate the citrus is a bit more in the background, hoppy notes combined with tropcial fruits are the main flavors. A really good IPA.



Jack Hammer

Tropical fruits and citrus, intensive orange color. That's the first impression.

Very earthy, hoppy and intensive bitterness with less fruits than in the nose. The alcohol is well hidden behind the intensive hoppiness and bitter notes.



Santa Paws

The aroma is what you would expect from a beer with that color: some coffee, hints of caramel and some yeast, some sweetness in the background.

The taste is more intensive: dark malt with a decent bitterness, again some coffee and caramel. The yeast comes up from time to time, very creamy in the mouth.

It's a bit weak for my personal opinion...



Hardcore IPA

It's named Hardcore and its attributes are definitely more on the extreme side: caramel, malt, spices, citrus, tropical fruits and hops.

The hoppiness is definitely there from the first sip, combined with the flavors which came to the nose before: hops, citrus, spices, herbs, malts and caramel. The full load.

If you are a hophead, I am sure you will love it, I did so. Even though the ABV is high, it is very drinkable! Be careful!



Paradox Macallan

I got this bottle from a friend (thx Seth!) while I was in Florida a few years ago... the description itself sounds really interesting... a beer which's been stored in a Whisky cask... a 1987 Macallan Sherry cask.

Ok, let's give it a try. Very dark color, the foam is beige and very creamy... Fat in the mouth, reminding a bit of chocolate with some decent bitter notes, you can really chew the roasted malt... a very intensive taste... and after a while: oh yeah, there´s the influence of the cask. There's definetly Sherry, creamy dried fruits... some hints of smoke... from time to time the alcohol gets more intensive and then fades away again... it's bottled at 10 %.

This one went very well with the 1997 Diplomaticos No. 2 which I fired up... good combo.