Fasching / Karneval (or Mardi Gras, German Style)

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Bamberg, in Bavaria, Germany, holds its own when it comes to Fasching, the German version of Karneval or Mardi Gras. Here, I give you photos of the Fasching parade, including shots of the parade participants before the procession. Costumes, candy and fun; what else do you need for the last big hurrah before Lent?

The Bavarian Forest, Part II

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The rest of the story of my trip the Bavarian Forest in Germany with dear friends. While there, we feasted on fresh-caught trout, saw hand-blown glass gardens, visited a huge church, rode a gondola to a ski area (though it was summer), and celebrated my German "mom"'s birthday.

The Bavarian Forest, Part I

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A trip with my German "parents" to the Bayerische Wald, or Bavarian Forest: staying at Steinbruchsee inn, delicious food, gorgeous nature and hand-hewn woodworking, not to mention loads of taxidermy! Part 1

Munich, Germany, with Friends: Hofbrauhaus, BMW World, Viktualienmarkt and Olympiapark

When friends come to visit in Munich, there is much to do. And we did it all! First, the famous beer hall, Hofbrauhaus, and then BMW World, Olympia Park's revolving restaurant, the Viktualienmarkt, an Indian Restaurant on a schedule, and more!

Fifth Bamberg Christmas Market – and SNOW!

Lots of sights this week: Bamberg's Artisan Christmas Market (fifth and final market in town), beautiful snowfall and my walk to Weipelsdorf in it, plus a few more German Christmas traditions and Nativity scenes around town.

Two More German Christmas Markets in Bamberg, Germany

A visit to Bamberg, Germany's Medieval Christmas market and the main one on MaxPlatz. Includes nativity scenes from several churches and snow scenes of this wonderful German town.

Making Lebkuchen, Germany’s Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

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Join me as I get a hands-on tutorial for making Germany's famous gingerbread Christmas cookies, Lebkuchen. You can do it, too! The authentic German homemade family recipe is is my book, A Travel for Taste - Germany, available by clicking the Shop tab at the top of the blog. It will be like you visited Nuremberg's Christmas market in person!