Les passages couverts, or The Covered Passages of Paris

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Even in the rain, Paris is a city with much to discover. This time I visited the passages couverts, or the covered passages. Straight out of the belle epoch, the passages are home to funky, one-of-a-kind bookshops, ateliers, textile shops, museums, second-hand shops, hotels and boutiques with all manner of intriguing articles.

Food in Paris

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Photos, names and descriptions of some of the best food Paris has to offer in bistros, cafes and restaurants, from macarons to schawarma and everything in between.

The Stained Glass of La Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, France

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After an amusing taxi ride, our little traveling foursome arrived at the medieval La Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. It's very near Notre Dame. The fascinating gargoyles adorning the facade were a fitting preface to the ornate interior. But the absolute best part of it was all the stained glass!

Raising the Maypole (Maibaum) in Bavaria near Munich

Each year on May 1st most European countries celebrate May Day, which is the equivalent of Labor Day in the US. Bavarians decorate a tall pole with an evergreen wreath at the top. It's a grand effort and ceremony to raise it. Then they, well, dance around the maypole! Here's my timelapse video of just such an event near Munich, Germany.

Heideboden Rot, Red Wine Blend with Zweigelt Grapes from Hannes Reeh in Austria

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Review of Austrian wine Heideboden Rot, a red wine blend with Zweigelt grapes from Hannes Reeh winery. I found this wine at Zum Brez'n restaurant in Munich, Germany. Recommended with their Brez'n Salad that is topped with roast duck.

Berninger Winery in Zell-am-Main, Bavaria, Germany – no, not Beringer

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Berninger Weingut in Zell-am-Main, Bavaria, Germany, is a small vineyard that produces wonderful local wines from grapes grown on the neighboring hillside. Learn some German wine label terminology and have a wonderful Bavarian dinner besides!

Lake Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany, and King Ludwig’s Herrenchiemsee Palace

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Stunning views of Chiemsee, freshwater lake in Germany near the Alps. On the Herreninsel island I visited Herrenchiemsee, "Mad" King Ludwig II's palace - and an exact scale replica of Versailles.

Andechs Abbey, Dießen and Herrsching in Southern Bavaria, Germany

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On a hilltop in Bavaria just south of Munich lies the Andechs Abbey, famous for the monk-made beer, beautiful hiking, organic dairy and produce and an all-around monastery/brewery German experience. Nearby are the lakefront towns of Dießen and Herrsching, known to German locals as relaxing places to kick back.

White Asparagus, or Spargel, Germany’s Favorite Spring Vegetable

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Focus on Bavaria/Germany's favorite spring vegetable, white asparagus, or Spargel. Fresh, boiled, pickled or creamed, the recipes are endless for this limited-time harbinger of good weather.

Starkbierfest, Munich, Germany

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Throwback Tuesday Post (TBTP) from 2013: During Lent, Bavarians observe what is known as Starkbierfest, or Strong Beer Fest. At that time, uber-strong beer can be had at the breweries and it will knock you down. It's said that monks, who fasted during Lent, subsisted on this strong brew.