Just on a whim, and because this is how we’ll be drinking in the future, here is a new feature Fiveday Friday.
Five of the best travel experiences from around my world of travels (and some of them won’t involve drink).
I’m spurred here by a radio shout-out for the sprawling 500-year-old The Lindsey Rose.
Southwold in Suffolk, which is about 118 miles east and a two-and-a-half hour drive from London, was recommended to me by my old boss.
And with its dainty beach huts and English Country Garden pubs it was very much like ‘somewhere different but the same’ for this Scottish family within your own country.
Which is what we’ll all be reengaging ourselves with more and more now.
That’s not to say we won’t be reflecting on those awesome outdoor drinks dats we’ve enjoyed around the world.
Beer o’clock in South Africa
The Brewery and Two Goats Deli, Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa: And this beer garden deep in the heart of Afrikans country even has a wooden hammock.
Where you can sleep off your wooden smorgasbord sample of beers and stouts.
On the Bosphorus
TTG Travel/Turkey Travel Group: And if the back garden can be a stretch of water which splits two continents….
Pleasure cruises are perfect for small groups and you can work off that Turkish spread with a boogie on board.
While looking out on two continents on the Bosphorus.
Swiss for Prosecco
Interlacken, Switzerland: Well, you do build up a thirst whizzing through a wood and the main road on your tutti bike.
It’s an electric scooter hybrid, you understand.
And you’ll find a bar in the valley where your Prosecco Spritzer has never tasted so good.
Der Plague and Der Great Outdoors
Oberammergau, Germany: And not a bad place to drop in on as the good burghers of this Bavarian town know all about pandemics.
They made a pact with God back in the Middle Ages where they would put on a Passion Play if He rid them of the plague.
And you’ll want to sit outside anyway to take in the murals that tell the story of Oberammergau.
Jocky Mountain High
Salt & Lime, Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Now Coloradans are ideally placed for this COVID crisis because they’re outdoors people.
They freestyle up the Rockies, white water raft on the French Powder River and then sit down in the open air on their ranches.