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Luxembourg; a guide to a country that you’ll probably never visit and why you should make the effort before Brexit

‘Guess what kids? We’re going on holiday to Luxembourg!’ Said no-one, ever.

When planning this trip, we had several conversations with people about where we were going and they usual went along the lines of: ‘the architecture in Brussels is beautiful’ or ‘You’ll love Croatia, the sea there is incredible’, perhaps even ‘can you bring me something back for me when you go to Amsterdam?’ But when it came to Luxembourg, most people were saying things like; ‘Where?’ ‘Is that even in the EU?’ or ‘I’ve been there, but only driving through on the way to Germany. I didn’t stop, obviously.’

So what happens if you actually take some time to get to know Luxembourg? Well I’m glad you asked because I’m going to tell you all about the time that the Family P spent some time in perhaps one of the most surprising EU countries of all.

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Beer, Waffles and Europe. TwoMenABoutTown goes to Brussels, Belgium #2MenEUTour

Belgium is obviously an important stop on our EU Tour because as we all know there are actually only three things to do there; eat waffles, eat chocolate and drink beer. Well, maybe it’s a bit important for the EU as well. As we got off the train from Amsterdam, Mrs P. let me know in no uncertain terms that she had the first two things on the list covered without my assistance and so that evening I was at liberty to go and explore the third = Best. Wife. Ever.

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Busaba Eathai Westfield, Review

For some people it’s sausage and mash, for others it’s a curry. The Child will choose pizza over any other meal choice and my grandparents will happily tuck into any roast dinner they can find. So what’s my favourite meal? Well, the truth is that it changes all the time.  I’ve been bouncing between anything with pasta and best of British this past year with some amazing meals at The Hand and Flowers, Nelson Street and Trinity. This week it’s Thai.

Hello Busaba Eathai!

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What to do in Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Two Men About Town’s Big Brexit Tour

“Daddy? Why hasn’t the woman standing in that window got any clothes on?”

In accordance to the universal inevitability of Sods Law, of all the things for which Amsterdam is famous, we hit the one I didn’t want to see within 15 minutes of arrival. The Child is often found ignoring her homework, pouring talcum powder down the sink or banging all the drawers and cupboards at 6am with complete and utter disregard to the rest of the household, so why does she choose now of all times to develop an insatiable appetite for those questions a Dad doesn’t want to answer? I attempted evasive manoeuvres into a nearby cafe but were caught in a cross fire:

“Daddy? This place smells funny and those people all have brownies, can I have one please?”

No. No you can’t and actually I’m not really that thirsty anymore. Who wants to go on a boat trip? It was with these childhood innocence ending verbal grenades that The Child kicked off trip 4 of our Big Brexit Tour.

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TwoMenAboutTown Big Brexit Tour Trip 3 – Croatia and Slovenia PART 2 #2MenEUTour

When I was first looking at the 28 countries of the EU, I knew there were some that I would enjoy visiting and some which, quite frankly, I wanted to limit my time in. I’ve always loved Scotland, Ireland is as beautiful and friendly as you could wish for and who doesn’t want to spend some extra time in Italy given half the chance? In all of these discussions though, I am afraid to say that Slovenia didn’t even feature. Even as we drove up the length of Croatia we were in two minds as to whether or not we should even cross the border. Is it worth it? Could we really be bothered? Well, we’ll go because we have to but we probably won’t like it. Yeah, probably.

Shame. Shame on us.

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Urban Dhaba, Milton Keynes – Review

I’m a little late coming to this one and those of us who follow the Milton Keynes dining scene know that there have been a few blog reviews of Urban already from some of our very own MK blogging stalwarts Jo and LouBou. But when I hear of a new Indian restaurant promising ‘authentic’ recipes with a great vibe and better flavour, then my interest is peaked. So, after the dust had settled from the initial fanfare and launch, Mrs P and I dropped in on Urban Dhaba late one evening to see what all the fuss was about.

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Flowfold wallets – big claims but do they measure up?

STRONGER THAN STEEL, SO LIGHT IT FLOATS, HANDMADE IN THE USA! These are bold claims for any product, but for a wallet? Hmm. I, and many men like me, seem to be forever searching for the ultimate wallet. No sooner do we find something that looks fantastic, then it disintegrates within the month. Here at TwoMenAboutTown we do have a bit of experience road testing wallets, with the A-Slim and the Bellroy both having been put through their paces. So if Flowfold fancy their chances, then we’re more than happy to see if they can cut it with the big boys! They sent us a few samples of their wallets and invited us to see if they really are up to the test.

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TwoMenAboutTown Big Brexit Tour Trip 3 – Croatia and Slovenia PART 1 #2MenEUTour

The more observant of you may have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet on here recently. This is because on top of some additional work pressures, its actually bloody hard planning to get round 28 countries in 2 years! It’s taken some serious scheduling and after Trip 1 (Scotland) and Trip 2 (Ireland)  Trip 3 sees the Family P getting ourselves over to Croatia and Slovenia. The truth is that neither of these were places originally anywhere near the top of our ‘ooh, that looks interesting’ list. In fact, I would go so far as to say that we actively tried to reduce our time here but found ourselves committed to a week due to school holidays and the ever increasing cost of leaving things too late.

But.

You know that time when Donald Trump said that he was going to build a real, actual non-imaginary wall across the entire US Southern border, and get Mexico to pay for it, and this was an amazing idea, and everyone would say that he is the best and kindest and most humble President/Humanitarian Saviour the world has ever seen*? Yeah, we were as wrong as that.

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Trinity, Cambridge – review

Mrs P and I never wanted to go to Trinity. A couple of weeks ago we didn’t know it existed and that’s because a couple of weeks ago it didn’t. As we sat on the beach in Whitstable enjoying a drink and a native wild oyster or two (well I enjoyed the oysters, Mrs P threw up a little bit in her mouth at the thought of eating them) we decided to make the most of our anniversary with a spot of dinner, as is standard in the P household. We considered our choices; my man SuburbanGent loved The Beach at Bude but we wouldn’t get there in any sort of reasonable time frame and his other tips for a hotel get away such as The Grovesnor or CitizenM  are all interesting but didn’t really pop my fizzle. I wanted something new, something fresh. I wanted Cambridge.

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TwoMenAboutTown Big Brexit Tour – Ireland #2MenEUTour

After swinging past Scotland in our last post, for the next stop in the TwoMenAboutTown EU tour Mrs P and I roared into Dublin for the weekend and although it wasn’t as long as we had originally planned for, we still managed a good 36 hours in the beating heart of Irish city culture. Just because there was so much that we didn’t manage to get to in Ireland, once the credit card has recovered from the beating that is currently underway, Mrs P and I both agree that our collective sights are now set on returning and seeing the rest of the country at a more leisurely pace.

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The Wheatsheaf, Bow Brickhill – review

You know how sometimes things just pass you by? I mean, those times that you know something is going on but you just don’t understand it. I find that recently this is happening to me with increased regularity, for example; planking, ripped jeans and clean eating are all things that I see are happening, but honestly? Why? I have nothing against the advocates of any of these things, I hope they ride the trend wave as far as possible, but when all is said and done? Chances are, I’ll probably not be eating a plate of spiralised corgettii in a pair of trousers that I paid someone else 200 quid to cut up for me while lying down across two chairs.

And sometimes, such as it is with pubs. We all know I like a pub, yes, yes I do. As the sun makes its way out from behind the clouds for the Official British One Week of SummerTM like a snail making it’s way towards the forbidden cabbage of it’s dreams, I find myself slowly but inexorably drawn down to the pub garden and believe me, I’ve tried a few; The Maytime, the Black Horse, the Swan or even the Hand and Flowers all have their individual characters ready to provide you with liquid refreshment on a mildly warm summers day.

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TwoMenAboutTown Big Brexit Tour – England and Scotland #2MenEUTour

And here we go! We’re kicking off on our two year European adventure with the easiest way Mrs P and I could think of to start this exciting/terrifying two year exploration into the mountainous highs and cavernous lows of Europe. We just jumped into the car and drove North to see what happened.

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