(First published in Gemutlichkeit, The Travel Letter for Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 1991 at the outbreak of the Gulf War; then again after September 11, 2001.)

Among the very best days of my life was Saturday, October 6, 1973. Liz and I were in Copenhagen. It was the first day of our first trip to Europe. Her brief diary entry for that day reads, “Our room at the Royal was across the street from Tivoli Gardens which is closed now. After collapsing for a short time we walked along the Strøget and just looked. Had a beer in a small, quiet pub, walked back, had dinner and bed.”

Here we are in 2016. A stunning development considering just a few short weeks ago we were looking ahead to 2015—at least it feels like weeks. Time seems to fly at warp speed, but well do our best to keep up.

Yesterday the euro fell to 1.15 vs. the U.S. dollar. In other words you can now buy one euro for $1.15. Last year on this date a euro cost $1.37. The hotel room that rented for 100 euros (there are many in that price range) cost $137. Today’s it’s $115. And remember, the price of oil has dropped dramatically. Last year, a gallon of diesel in Germany hovered near the $8 mark. Today it’s about $5.15. A €3 beer is $3.45 instead of $4.11. Folks, it's time to go to Europe.

Just across from the wildly popular Manneken Pis (sculpture of a little boy urinating) have a beer at Poechenellekelder (Eikstraat 5). Grab the first vacant table and wait for a busy server. The Lindemann's Framboise (raspberry-flavored beer, only 2.5% alcohol) is delicious. If berry-flavored beer is not to your taste, there are dozens of other choices.

Brussels' two most popular beers seem to be light lagers, Stella Artois and Maes. I preferred the Stella.