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.

What’s the Difference between Ice Cream, Sherbet, Sorbet and Gelato?

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Final word on the difference between ice cream, sherbet, sherbert, sorbet, granita and Italian ice. Plus a delicious recipe for pomegranate-coconut milk sherbet that will knock your socks off. You won't believe its gluten-free and non-dairy!

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).