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German Wine and Vineyards
Grapes arrived in Germany via the conquering Romans, and ancient traditions surrounding hillside vineyards with huge sundials and the annual harvest continue. But the German wine industry has changed, and is returning to producing high quality wines so Liebfraumilch is on the way out.

Federweisser, Zwiebelkuchen and Treberwurst
"Federweisser" might look like grape lemonade but it's autumn's young wine with a strong "kick" and short season, and its traditional harvest time accompaniments, a rich onion pie "Zwiebelkuchen" and "Treberwurst", sausages marinaded with grapes and fried, can be enjoyed any time of the year.

The Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945, Book Review
Life, revolutions and war changed Marie (Missie) Vassiltchikov’s predestined comfortable and privileged future, from that of a beautiful, spirited "White Russian" princess in Tsarist Russia to an aristocratic, but penniless, refugee wandering Europe. Ending in Berlin during WWII.

Green Germany, and a Non Nuclear Future
The original plan was that German nuclear power plants were to be phased out by 2021, but the situation changed with not all Germans in agreement. However a nuclear reactor accident in Japan not only restored the status quo, the date for phasing out nuclear power was moved forward.

Germany's Radioactive Wild Boar
Radio active wild boars in Baden Wurttemburg and Bavaria, together with an overall population boom within wild boar families, thanks to the Chernobyl meltdown of 1986 there is another side to some of the residents of Germany's beautiful forests.

Ostalgie and Nostalgic East German Recipes
Before the "Fall of the Wall" meals in East Germany were planned around what was available that day. Queues were long and legendary and bananas seen on television but not in a shop. Appetizing and healthy food was served nevertheless, and here are some favorite recipes from the time.

Oktoberfest in Munich
A huge country fair, and the world's largest "Volksfest", it began as a horse race honoring a royal wedding. Over 200 years later the Oktoberfest has moved with the times, but is still an annual festival of Bavarian exuberance, draft beer, beer garden food and tradition.

Germany's Romantic Road
It's a spectacular journey passing through stunning contrasting scenery and historic medieval towns into a world of the past. Germany’s Romantische Strasse, the Romantic Road, a theme route that showcases southern German culture from food and wine to art and architecture. And of course history.

Schultueten and the First Day of School
For Germany's first graders their first day of school is a big celebration. Parents and grandparents accompany the new pupils, there are welcoming speeches, songs, "photo calls" then Schultuete, School Cone, held tightly, it is time for their exciting new "Lebensphase", to begin.

LEO German English Online Dictionary
You need a German English Dictionary “right now” but there isn’t one around, or perhaps you would like an resource for future reference. LEO Deutsch-Englisch Online Wörtenbuch offers that and much more, including a great many interesting, and informative, “Germany and German life” links to explore.

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