You seem to loose your feet, and you mount a boundless realm without horizon. You probably imagine that you are going in the direction of the infinite, whereas you are simply drifting into the incoherent.
- American Journal of Pharmacy, 1868
Every once in a while something special occurs in the wonderful world of absinthe, be it a festival, a gathering, an exposition or simply one of my trips to research the history of the green drink. This is where you find reports, photos and more from these travels...
The world is full of information and it's waiting to be discovered or re-discovered. Libraries, museums, galleries - you name it. There are so many places where references of absinthe can be found - deliberate or not. In my research on absinthe I go to several places to find information. Sometimes I find what I'm looking for, sometimes not. Either way it's practically always something new learned from where ever it may be. This is where I have collected some of those travels.
Every year by the end of Septemer or beginning of October the Absinthiades take place in the town of Pontarlier, Jura, France. Pontarlier - being the birthplace of French absinthe and historically home of the most famous and successful absinthe distilleries it is of course the ideal place. Today, Pontarlier is the home to two absinthe distilleries wtih history dating back to the Belle Epoque. The annual Absinthiades host a wonderful antiques market, the degustation to crown the best absinthes of the year and much more.
Each summer, in June, the otherwise sleepy town of Boveresse, Val de Travers, Switzerland comes to life. The entire valley awakens and absintheurs from around the world gather to take part of the festivities. A small town-fair where distillers move into the street and offer tastings and sell their absinthe, ending in a tent-party which too often plays 80's hit songs...
Many writers "of old" wrote poems or passages about absinthe. Some drank it, some didn't. Find some of them here as well as reviews and notes on modern books about absinthe.
The Absinthe Poetry section has seen several updates the past days. Poems and information about more authors; Antonin Artaud, Arthur Symons, Francis Saltus Saltus, Florence Folsom and Robert Loveman. Open your mind and have a drink while you enjoy their lyrics.
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