Fun Facts - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fun Facts about the Life, Times and Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Who made his first performing tour at six years old, wrote his first symphony at eight, kissed an Empress, was an excellent billiards player, spoke 15 languages, and had a very popular marzipan candy named after him.
The Bird's Wedding, Vogelhochzeit - SorbTradition
It's an ancient January tradition in Sorbian Lusatia, eastern Germany. Children in Sorbian costumes: Bridal Couple, the bride a Magpie, her groom a Raven, or bride a Thrush and groom a Blackbird. Wedding guests, coachman, chaplain, all different "birds". A folk custom with no sign of dying out.
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.
The Birth of the Modern Car
Mercedes Benz began as a dream. Bertha Benz believed in her husband Carl and his vision of a Horseless Carriage. Patented on January 29th 1886, she made the first ever long distance journey with an internal combustion engine powered vehicle. From a love story the modern automobile was born.
A Beef Rollups Recipe - Rinderrouladen
Rinderrouladen, "Beef Rollups", slices of beef rolled up around a seasoned onion and bacon filling, served in a wine sauce. A delicious, and classic, "cold weather meal" in Germany, once considered so special they were saved for celebrations or Sundays, now a traditional dinner choice.
Forest Schools, Germany's Waldkindergarten
Waldkindergarten, nature's pre-school for children, where class room walls are replaced by fresh air, the natural world and exploration. It's a system of education that began in 19th century Germany and has become increasingly popular throughout the country.
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