German Labor Day – May 1st

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Germany’s (all of Europe, in fact) equivalent of Labor Day: May 1st. Banks and most businesses are closed, including the supermarkets. However, cafes, bistros, restaurants and especially beer gardens are in full swing. See my photos of Bamberg's samba band and speech event plus join me for a famous Rauchbier (smoke beer).

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!