Happy 856th Birthday, Munich! And the Dallmayr store!

Munich's annual anniversary celebration - this year was number 856! Music, dancing, vendors, festival, and, of course, beer! Also a glimpse of the famous, historic Dallmayr delicatessen.

Augustiner Keller, One of Munich’s Biggest Biergartens

Visit one of the biggest Biergartens in Munich, Germany. Typically Bavarian, get beer, brats, schnitzel and pretzels in the outdoor biergarten or indoor beer hall. Not far from the train station and a must-see for tourists!

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.

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.

Westminster University Building, Denver, Colorado

The Red Castle or Westminster Castle is a beautiful example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture dating from the mid-1800s. Home of a university and even chickens, this building stands today as the location of KPOF studios, the longest-running, continuous licensed radio station in Colorado.

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.