First & Last Brewery – Northumberland

On a spring day with friends in Yorkshire, we lit the barbecue ahead of the FA Cup Final and opened up a can of First & Last Brewery’s Hedgerow Gose beer. Gose, a sour and salty beer originating on the banks of the river of the same name in central Germany, is a beer type… Continue reading First & Last Brewery – Northumberland

Coconat – A workation retreat

As we sit down to write this piece, our friends at Coconat in the small hamlet of Klein Glien are about to celebrate their 5th birthday. And it is indeed five years since we first pulled up outside the old manor house in Brandenburg, not long after they had opened.  At the time, Paul was… Continue reading Coconat – A workation retreat

90th Anniversary of the Kinder Trespass

“I may be a wage slave on Monday / But I am a free man on Sunday.”The Manchester Rambler – Ewan MacColl As anyone who has read the wonderful Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit will have realised that the story of wanderers, hikers, trekkers and strollers is filled with tales of trespass,… Continue reading 90th Anniversary of the Kinder Trespass

Europe by Rail – 17th edition

As travellers, writers, photographers, editors, publishers and friends, Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries have long been an inspiration to us. Their creativity, sense of adventure and curiosity about the world around them is reflected in everything they do, from the wonderful hidden europe magazine (to which we are occasional contributors) to their latest release, the… Continue reading Europe by Rail – 17th edition

Blanq – Beer from the source of the Ahr

From the pool at the bottom of the old town of Blankenheim, we had set out on a walk that would take us the long way round, through the woods and down the back of gardens, passing the school, the remains of a Roman villa, and the youth hostel in the castle on the hill,… Continue reading Blanq – Beer from the source of the Ahr

The Book of the Alps by Marmota Maps

Right at the beginning we need to point out that Paul had a small role in helping put together the English-language edition of the Book of the Alps, but we had already discovered and become fans of the original German version long before he got involved and it remains one of our favourite books of… Continue reading The Book of the Alps by Marmota Maps