Sharing tales from the road...

The Inspiration for Finding 007 in the Czech Republic

A couple years back, I was moving my business into a new building and had saved up enough points on my credit card from the construction costs to grab a free plane ticket to Europe.  My first thought was to head into Paris and spend 2 1/2 weeks getting to know The City of Lights and test my French speaking skills.  But after I booked my reservation, I started to think - just Paris? 

I had never explored Europe. Maybe this was my chance. I could rent a car and go on an adventure. 

Two things struck me when I arrived in Johnstown, PA.

First, it was September 10th, a day before the anniversary of 9/11, the worst human caused disaster in U.S. history. That dubious feat unseated Johnstown, which had held that distinction for well over 100 years.

The car is packed, the bills are paid, and the reservations have been made. Let's head to the bluegrass hills of Kentucky to get our taste buds into some fine Kentucky bourbon! 

Before getting to the first distillery of Day 2, I've learned a few things about how to do a bourbon tour that I'd like to share with you.

The drive out to Woodford Reserve through country backroads was a joy. While the well kept strip of asphalt held some danger in it's narrow passages, the  horse farms and picket fences made the extra tension roll away.

So, traveling on my own, I didn't have to worry too much about making sure the family or friends I brought along were happy and entertained, so I could have just stuck to bourbon the whole time. However, I've made the journey to a great section of the country, so I couldn't resist a day of baseball and architecture in Cincinnati.  

After a fun day in Cincinnati, it's time to get back to the business of expanding my knowledge of bourbon. And what better way to do that than to hit another craft distillery and then roam the streets of Louisville, including Whiskey Row! 

 From start to finish, my one full day in Louisville was filled with information packed tours, amazing tastings, decadent chocolates, some fun bars, and an enjoyable walk around Whiskey Row.

A couple of things really surprised me about this tour. First, that I would have so much fun discovering bourbon that after a week I could have kept going. And second, that in a week, I'd go from bourbon novice to an educated consumer of it.

Out of Kentucky and on to my old stomping ground of Tennessee. Here, I'll figure out what constitutes a Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey and find out the difference between that and bourbon, both in flavor and in production techniques.

So it's time to take that bird and fly yourself overseas for a business and pleasure trip. This means you need to take into consideration the clothing, documentation and equipment you'll need to take along. 

What you don't know can sometimes lead to awkward situations, unnecessary issues, or even expensive mistakes.  Before I took off on a long drive across Europe, I filled my itinerary with some additional notes to make sure I was prepared with each country border I crossed.  Here are some of the important items of note for a trip to Germany.

A couple years ago, I planned a European trip using James Bond as my guide. He always goes to such exotic places, it seemed the perfect way to see the Old Country. Information was scarce at that time, so I did the best I could. There are a lot more resources now. I'll be working on a guide to condense this information by country, so you can more easily track these places down. First stop, Austria!