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Easter in Germany - Decorating Eggs
It is an ancient practice. Decorating eggs to hang from trees or add color to homes during the Easter holiday, or decorated and given as gifts at other times of the the year. Very popular in German speaking countries, here's a "How To" with some decorating ideas.

Easter in Germany - Coloring Eggs
Coloring eggs for Easter has been tradition in German speaking countries for centuries, and they are used to decorate everything from houses and gardens to wells and fountains. Found ready decorated at all Easter Markets, Ostermaerkte, it is still the custom, and much more fun, to color your own.

German Easter Tradition - Rabbits, Eggs and Ostara
Alongside the religious background, the Egg, Rabbit, Goddess Ostara, and of course Chocolate, also star in Germany’s Easter celebrations. The mixture of History, Easter symbols and Pagan and Christian tradition, make the country's Easter customs and traditions special.

Streetwise German - Some of Germany's Idioms
"Alles in gruenen Bereich" - Everything in the green area, does not mean an area/building in varied shades of green but "Everything is under control/OK". Heard every day it is one of many commonly used German expressions that sound bizarre, are fun to know, and have shaped the language.

Monk's Chicken, 13th Lent Century Recipe
Medieval monks really knew how to twist the rule book during Fasts like Lent, and this 13th century recipe, with chicken breasts rather than the "Fish not Fowl" Beaver Tails used in the Middle Ages, is a delicious example.

Albert Einstein Quotes
Albert Einstein was a humanist and theoretical physicist, sometime laborer at the Munich Oktoberfest, Nobel Prize winner and, as a 'genius', asked his opinion on many things. These opinions became 'Einstein Quotes'.

Schnitzels and Their Sauces Recipes
Breaded meat cutlets in Germany are 'Schnitzels', and traditional German Schnitzels are not only easy to make, they have sauces or variations named after everything from 'Barons' and 'Gypsies' to 'Hunters' and 'Blue Ribbons'.

Schnitzel, a Breaded Cutlets Recipe
Their original inspiration was an Emperor's love of meat covered with gold leaf. Germany’s Schnitzel - thin breaded cutlets, delicious, simple to make, and in all their variations, different types of meat, vegetarian alternatives, sauces, are one of Germany’s favorite meals.

The Dutch Quarter, Potsdam, Germany
Just outside Germany's capital Berlin, and far away from the Netherlands-German border, there is a 'Dutch Quarter'. Since the 18th Century a settlement of 134 simple Dutch styled homes, built for artisans from Holland, has been set amongst the opulent palaces and parks of Potsdam.

German Apple Crumb Cake Recipe
It is a social tradition in Germany. Four o'clock in the afternoon is the time for Kaffee und Kuchen, coffee and cake. One of the most popular cakes to be chosen to accompany that cup of coffee will be 'Streuselkuchen', a delicious Fruit Crumble Cake.

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