Author Archives: John Laun IV

Hofbräu Haus

There was no way I was leaving  Munich (read more) without enjoying some traditional German fare at The Original Hofbräu Haus. I got just what I expected, a good time with great atmosphere and ok food. And they got just what they expected. A drunk tourist buying too much at the gift shop on the way […]

A Little Italy in Munich

Near the beginning of our time in Germany (read amore) we had the urge to get some Italian food. There was to be plenty of beer, sausage, and pretzel in our future, so we wanted a change of pace in advance. We also wanted something to compare to when we got to Italy in hopes we […]

Coping-Hagen in Denmark

If you want to be technical about it, we visited one more country on this European trip than we planned to, courtesy of our friends at Scandinavian Airlines. After leaving Amsterdam on the way to Germany our planned layover in Copenhagen took a turn for the weird when our connecting flight to Munich (read more) wasn’t […]

An AmsterDam Good Time

Day 1 – Meeting Sir Albert Our time in Amsterdam was bookended by some travel adventures, and quite a bit of work to do as well. Our trip in Monday morning started in a Paris downpour, barely making the Thalys train, and worrying the whole time that our luggage wasn’t secure from bandits at the […]

Raiding The Pantry

Hidden among a crowded narrow street of bars, restaurants, and cafes, Amsterdam is hiding a great little place known only as The Pantry. Unassuming from the street, small inside with only a handful of small wooden tables, it strikes you as one of those places that could either be a big mistake, or a great […]

Parks, Picnics, Paris

Day 1 – Better Late than Tower After a day working in our Guildford office in southern England, we caught the Eurostar in the later afternoon to make sure we got to Paris on Friday night in time to enjoy a full Saturday and Sunday break. Given the late sunset in Paris and the proximity […]

London Calling

London has long been one of my favorite cities in the world. From our first family vacation here in 1997, I’ve loved walking the streets, the late bright summer nights, the accents, the tube, and even sometimes the food. I’ve been back a number of times since, always finding a fun new way to take […]

CannesFusion

Our last night in London took us to Porte Des Indes for dinner, a French/Indian Fusion restaurant just off of Oxford Circus. I had never heard of these two cuisines intersecting before, but the combination was super. As locations go, it’s just a block north of Oxfrod Circus close to Marble Arch. Fairly easy to […]

Grab a Dinner Jacket

Ever since my family’s first trip to Covent Garden, when my sister and I had narrower palettes, a baked potato was just about our favorite thing to eat in London. Simple but satisfying, as is the norm in much of the UK, Dinner Jackets at Covent Garden serves up steaming hot spuds from a little […]

Lunch at Pemberly

We took a break from walking the Gardens of Chatsworth House (Pemberly, from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice) to grab lunch. Here’s what we thought. There are a few lunch options around Chatsworth House, most are little ice cream or pre-made sandwich stands that we skipped over enjoyed at the end of our meal. Up at […]