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Federweisser, Zwiebelkuchen and Treberwurst
"Federweisser" might look like grape soda but is young wine with a strong "kick" and short season. Although its traditional harvest time accompaniments, rich onion pie, "Zwiebelkuchen", and "Treberwurst", sausages marinaded with grapes and fried, can be enjoyed at 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 a Taste of East Germany, Recipes
In communist East Germany meals were planned around what was available that day. Queues were long and legendary and a banana seen on television but rarely in a store. Appetizing healthy food was served nevertheless, so for a "Flash into the Past" here is a taste of East Germany.

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, through stunning scenery filled with contrasts and historic medieval towns, into a world from the past. Germany’s Romantische Strasse, Romantic Road, a theme route showcasing southern German culture from food and wine to art and architecture. And of course history.

Schultüten and the First Day of School
For Germany's first graders the first day of school is a big celebration. If possible the entire family accompany new pupils, for the welcoming speeches, songs, "photo calls", then Schultüte, School Cone, held close, it's time for their new "Lebensphase". With link to a "School Cone How To".

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.

Rabbit A La Berlin, Film Review
Its original title was Mauerhase - A Hare That Lives by a Wall, and Oscar nominated Rabbit A La Berlin uses the viewpoint of Berlin's death zone rabbits, a bunny utopia, as symbolic of a totalitarian system. A different perspective on socialism, the fall of the wall and end of communism.

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