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Tell Your Story...One Block at a Time

I don't like a house crowded with bobbles and trinkets. So when I'm browsing through wonderful collections of art at local festivals, something really has to be unique and eye catching for me to bring it home.

At the Bristol Renaissance Faire this year I found The Rabbit Hero cart with illustrated blocks set up in lines and stacked in precarious positions. I got a chance to talk with the artist, Tony Brandl, as I looked through the pieces. It's a novel idea. Each wooden block has a hand sketched or printed drawing with custom color and composition. On the back is a word or phrase. You can have one on display, or set up a series to make your own visual story.

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Symphony in the Park

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Last night, I attended the Grant Park Music Festival's Haydn London Symphony. Fawzi Haimor conducted three lively orchestral pieces. He performed with such energy, I thought he'd fall off the platform more than once!

Dancing Around the Maypole

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Stefan's Indian Ale (Maisel & Friends)

I'm going back to the basics with this beer notes post. A 5-hour layover hurts less when you're in the fatherland of beer. I passed on the liter of lager for this nod to the English IPA.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: It's clear gold with a frothy white head with a thick layer that sticks around for the full sitting. It leaves moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma is more floral than expected for an English -style brew. The orange comes through in the smell.

Taste: Pithy, pithy, juicy orange. That pithiness brings it into the IPA category. The thick may gives it nice body and makes the bitterness fade nicely.

From the bottle:
Inspirierend und exotisch. Überrascht mit Zitrus-noten und floralem Touch. Im Abgang Anklänge von Waldhonig und karamellisiertem  Malz. Eine Reise durch die Welt der Aromen.

Looking Behind You at the Photo Op

When we're on vacation we do what it takes to see the iconic sights. Sometimes we stumble upon them. This is a note to you to look behind you when you get to your destination. Explore.

On a visit to Cinque Terre, I walked up the path that gives you the best, most iconic view of Manarola. I sat and enjoyed the colorful buildings and beautiful sea.

Then, I turned around. I saw beautiful flowers, a closer look of the water crashing into the rocks, and where the blue trail linking the villages was washed away. I saw an amazing view of the villages north of Manarola, their bright colors popping out of the rocky hillsides. It's a rare view of the area. I saw the regional train racing though tunnels.