Not only was the food phenomenal - the wine list had me salivating, the atmosphere was unlike any Twin Cities restaurant I've tried, and yes, the reservation was worth the wait. I found the service to be wonderful - we'd gone roughly one month after the official opening, and every single person working at the restaurant provided such a wonderful experience that made for such a lovely evening.
Many people have heard the tales of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men - all of which also originated in this area too. But it's not just the tales of heroism and the moody grey skies that fill the streets with fog that capture the attention of locals and visitors alike.
By the end of my first European trip, and my mother will never let me live this down, I said, "Are we going to ever see anything other than churches and dead people?" Meaning, consistently touring old cathedrals, catacombs and crypts. Well mum, it's safe to say that I understand the desire to see all of the churches now.
London is known for having such an incredible food scene, and that recognition is incredibly well-deserved; what with the tiny, hole-in-the-wall pubs at every corner, little corner bistros and family-run favourites. Throw in a gin bar or two and you're well on your way.
Ask anyone that knows me, and I'm always the first to hunt down something to do with traces of volcanic activity. I knew that the Great Lakes region, specifically Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota, was a previously volcanic area - the only question that remained was if there were still any black sand beaches left.