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The Search for Gluten-free Beer in the Czech Republic

Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Pilsen, Czech RepublicI read on the Internet somewhere that the Czech Republic was one of the leaders in developing gluten-free beer, so naturally I believed this. Off I went with visions of gluten-free tastings, gluten-free tours, gluten-free lagers and pilsners. And all we found was smokers.If you are a chain-smoker, you […]

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A November Hike at Aachensee in Austria

Friday, we–and you know when I say “we” I always mean Oscar the Carpaccio Pounder because I don’t plan things, right?–so, we planned a spur-of-the-moment trip to Austria. We drove to Aachensee, just across the German border into Austria, then we hiked all the way to Gramaialm from the parking lot in Pertisau. When I […]

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On the Bee-ducational Path at Pillersee

Yesterday evening our neighbors came home after a family bike ride all bundled up in warm jackets and scarves, hats and gloves. I was standing there at my door barefoot in shorts and a not-very-clean T-shirt. “Um,” they said collectively. “What.” The only thing missing from my summer-fun gear was an umbrella-ed drink, sunglasses and […]

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