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.

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.

Faschingskrapfen, Germany’s Filled Mardi Gras Jelly Donuts for Karneval

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Throwback Tuesday Post (TBTP) from 2014: Join me in trial-and-error and eventual success making the traditional pastry for Germany's Mardi Gras, called Karneval or Fasching: Krapfen, or filled donuts. Made of yeast dough, they are fried and filled with apricot or rose hip jam. You can make them yourself with this recipe! I've included a little history and language notes, too.

Ice Castles in Dillon, Colorado

A beautiful winter activity: the Ice Castles in Dillon, Colorado, about 65 miles from Denver. Check out my photos of the manufactured icicle walls embedded with LED lights, a frozen fountain and many tunnels. Slide down an ice slide with me, too!