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Lucky Chimney Sweeps, Germany's Schornsteinfeger
Tradition and superstition surround Chimney Sweeps in Europe. Including Germany where the traditions of "Lucky" Schornsteinfeger, in black gold buttoned suit and top hat, are rooted far in the past. In "real life", crafted or chocolate, they are a favorite "Good Luck" symbol.
Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer and Pianist
An iconic German born composer and child prodigy, who first performed in public aged seven and broke new ground in Western classical music. Continuing to produce musical masterpieces even when profoundly deaf.
Maibowle, Woodruff Punch A German Spring Favorite
Sweet Woodruff is the scent of early summer, and added to White Wine it becomes May Punch, Maibowle. A brief season but it's a favorite drink in Germany, and traditional addition to all the festivities and customs that belong to early spring and the first warm days and evenings of summer.
Monk's Chicken, 13th Century Recipe for Lent
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 wasn’t 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 and really worth trying.
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