About Petey Menz

Petey's a Let's Go veteran who traded the rolling hills of Ireland, England, and Scotland for the significantly warmer landscapes of Slovenia and Croatia. When he's not blogging about the Adriatic Sea or rakija, he's wondering what to do now that he's graduated from college. Plastics?
1 12, 2015
  • Hilltop View from Vinohrady, Prague

Five Places to Ditch the Crowds in Vinohrady

1. Jiřího z Poděbrad Farmers Market         Mass production is for the masses – leave the packaged life behind for a day wandering rows and rows of a farmer’s market, picking your own damn avocadoes. Well, yes, not from actual trees, but from market stands, and that’s basically the same thing. Basic-ally. Open Wednesday & Friday 08:00-18:00, Saturday 08:00-14:00. 2. Baobab Why yes, baobab trees were referenced in The [...]

30 11, 2015
  • Rovinj Beach in Croatia

Seven Things to Bring to Beaches in Pula

Water Shoes. Rocks, sea urchins, crabs—there’s no shortage of things to cut your feet open on. Olive oil. Should you step on a sea urchin, soaking the afflicted body part in olive oil will help you get the spines out. Snorkel mask. It may not be fun to step on aquatic life, but it’s sure pretty to look at. Your dog. Certain beach areas prohibit animals, but those that don’t are often [...]

28 11, 2015
  • Northern Ireland Good Vibrations

Ten Musical Activities To Keep You Busy in Belfast

Belfast Music Bus Tour. It only happens every two weeks, but this extensive bus tour, organized by Oh Yeah Music Centre, provides a great introduction to Belfast's storied musical history: Van Morrison, U2, and the Undertones all make appearances. Good Vibrations. Punk is central to Belfast's musical history, and this record label/record shop released some of the most important Belfast bands. Ulster Hall. There are bigger concert venues in Ulster, but only [...]

24 11, 2015
  • Dublin Street

Top 5 Places to Get Your Vintage Fix in Dublin

Harlequin, 13 Castle Market. With stock that changes daily, Harlequin will always keep you guessing. Maybe you’ll opt for the floral dress from the sixties, or perhaps the Baltimore Police Uniform. The infinite variety, coupled with reasonable prices, makes it a top stop for vintage shopping in Dublin. Tahiti Vintage Dublin, George's Street Arcade. There are only about 100 square feet in this vintage shop, but somehow that's enough room for a [...]

18 11, 2015
  • Liverpool Chinatown

Around the World in Chinatowns: Liverpool Edition

Quick—which European city has the oldest Chinese community? Is it London? Paris? Rome? No, as a matter of fact it’s Liverpool. Didn’t see that coming, did you? Since the 1830s, immigrants from China have come and settled in Liverpool. Though the physical area occupied by the Chinatown is fairly small—if we’re being honest, Liverpool is pretty small in general— and immigration rates have recently tapered down, there are tons of restaurants, bars, [...]

13 11, 2015
  • Croatia_Zagreb_View of Zagreb from Belvedere

Your Guide to Shopping in Zagreb

Zagreb’s main commercial street is Ilica Ulica, but over the years, it’s been snatched up by global brands. But fear not—Zagreb still has tons of smaller, quirkier, and more distinctive stores. You just need to look a little harder to find them—or you could just follow this itinerary. START: Lav Gallery and Café, Opatička 2 Shopping can be a sport, which means you need all the nutrition and energy you can get. [...]

7 11, 2015
  • Ljubljana Novi Trg

Top 5 Ways to Beat the Heat in Ljubljana

Ljubljana gets warm over the summer—it’s not uncommon to see temperatures pushing the high 80s and low 90s (Fahrenheit, not Celsius—it gets hot, but not that hot). And with the usual urban oases coming up short— after all, air conditioning is sparse in Ljubljana’s national museums— you may need to get creative. Stand by the fountain in Novi Trg. It seems to be just a little too powerful—that is, the water comes [...]

1 11, 2015
  • "Guinness is good for you"

Craft Beer Culture: Dublin Edition

Guiness owns Ireland. It’s on tap at seemingly every pub and restaurant. Signs that say “Guinness is Good For You” can be seen throughout Dublin. The Guinness storehouse occupies 50 acres in the heart of the city. For some, this dominance comes with a price. “Guinness killed the brewing industry here in Ireland,” says Kevin Ryan, who runs Dublin Craft Beer Tours, a free weekly walking tour of several pubs in the [...]

15 08, 2015
  • Let's Go Haggis

Eating Haggis

I have been in Scotland for a week now, and those seven days have been filled with dread. As soon as I stepped off the train in Edinburgh, I knew what would happen in this mountainous land, and I knew I was powerless to stop it. Tonight, it happened. I ate haggis. No one was forcing me to eat haggis, of course, but it felt wrong to pass through Scotland without sampling [...]

12 08, 2015
  • Guinness Storehouse Let's Go

The Guinness Storehouse is a Masterpiece of Conceptual Art

Having spent more than a week in Dublin, I now know that Guinness will never go out of business. But if, through some act of God (or the Devil), the venerable brewers were to shut their doors tomorrow, the Irish Museum of Modern Art should immediately snatch up the Guinness Storehouse. The Storehouse is purportedly a tourist attraction that celebrates Guinness beer. In reality, it is an astounding piece of conceptual art. [...]

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