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May Day in Germany, Walpurgisnacht and Maibaum
May 1st and it's 'Tanz in den Mai', Dancing Into May, in many regions of Germany. Beginning with Walpurgisnacht, the evening of April 30, when witches join in the festivities and continuing with May Day maypoles, age old traditions and dancing lasting deep into the night.
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.
Multicultural Germany's Soccer World Cup
It wasnít large or ornate, and neither gold nor silver but in the eyes of their fellow Germans, and many in the outside world, what the German soccer team took away from the 2010 South African World Cup Football Championship was the trophy worth winning. A symbol and example for the next years.
Munich Oktoberfest - Fast Facts
Albert Einstein worked there as an electrician, an intoxicated dachshund 'came to' in Lost and Found, electricity used would give a home for four 52 years of power, and German emigrants have begun versions all over the world, but 'Oktoberfest' began in Munich over 200 years ago.
Munich Olympics 1972, From Dream to Terror
The home of Munich's 1972 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Park. A revolutionary, pioneering design, its sweeping acrylic glass canopies symbolized a new democratic, transparent and optimistic Germany, their shape a panoramic view of the Bavarian Alps. But the dream was broken.
My Father's Keeper - Book Review
My Father's Keeper: Children of Nazi Leaders - An Intimate History of Damage and Denial: follows the lives of children, many of whom are still alive, their unenviable legacy: being born to senior members of the Third Reich.
North Germany's Friesentorte Recipe
It is a delicious creamy calorie bomb, and a North and East Friesland specialty. Friesentorte the 'special occasion' Frisian cream cake that accompanies a Friesentee, (Frisian tea), Ceremony on Sundays and celebrations. Or just because you feel like it.
Obatzda, Beer Garden Favorite, Recipes
A Bavarian Beer Garden without "Obatzda" on the menu would be hard to find. A spicy mixture of different cheeses, always flavored with paprika whatever additional ingredients are included it's a favorite Bavarian specialty really worth trying.
Oberammergau Passion Play
The wind of change has blown through the Bavarian village of Oberammergauís centuries old and unique Passion Play, although Jesusí entrance to Jerusalem, his crucifixion and resurrection remain the focal points.
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.
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