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Cocktail Hour

Auerbachs Keller – Goethe’s Favourite Bar

Here at the SGE, we always enjoy bars that have a literary twist. So when we were exploring Leipzig recently, we were delighted to find nothing less than Goethe’s favourite bar! The Auerbachs Keller is the second oldest establishment in the grand old city, and has been serving fine wines […]

Adventure Travel

A Desert Island of Ruins & Shipwrecks

Most travellers head to the Caribbean in search of a relaxing, tropical paradise. Here at the SGE however, we prefer our island visits to have a touch of danger and adventure! We heard of a small, uninhabited island, home only to ruins once used to quarantine slaves, a forgotten graveyard, […]

Cocktail Hour

In’t Aepjen, Amsterdam’s Monkey Bar

For today’s Bar of the Week, we’re stopping by one of the oldest bars in the historic city of Amsterdam, In’t Aepjen, to discover a rather peculiar way of paying your bar bill hundreds of years ago! After Amsterdam was destroyed by fire in 1452, the old city was rebuilt […]

Secret Histories

The Vanderbilt’s Abandoned Salt Water Pool

The Vanderbilts were once the richest family in America. Bankrolled by Cornelius Vanderbilt’s vast shipping and railroad empire, they spent money in an astonishing fashion during the Gilded Age, until it all disappeared, in what has become known as ‘The Fall of the House of the Vanderbilts’. The most storied […]

Abandoned Places

A Ruined Gothic Mansion Hiding in the Woods

The grand mansion which inspired an entire generation of Manhattan socialites, lies forgotten and decaying in the Hudson River Valley. The first glimpse you get is of the steeple, just a fraction higher than the tree line of the surrounding forest. As we walk further along the overgrown path, you […]

Cocktail Hour

Harry’s New York Bar

When Ian Fleming decided upon a favourite bar in Paris for James Bond, there was only one option for the discerning secret agent; the oldest cocktail bar in Europe – the legendary Harry’s New York Bar. According to the 1960 short story “A View To A Kill,” when in Paris, […]

Cocktail Hour

Welcome to Cocktail Hour!

“Personally, I had no doubts. I never waivered. Hot Scotch-and-water was the stuff for me…….I seemed to see the beaker smiling at me across the misty fields, beckoning me on, as it were, and saying ‘Courage, Bertram! It will not be long now!’” -Very Good Jeeves, P.G.Wodehouse, 1930. Whenever out […]

Adventure Travel

A Graveyard for Explorers

In the shadow of North America’s tallest mountain, there is a quiet cemetery. Step inside and you’ll not find rows of traditional looking gravestones. Here, the memorials are much more personal in nature; small boulders with simple brass plaques; some take the form of broken airplane propellor props sticking out […]