G is for Germany (A-Z Blogging Challenge)

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Barrels and barrels of beer!  That’s what comes to mind when you start thinking about Germany, and what better place to see it, drink it, experience it other than the Oktoberfest.  The Oktoberfest isn’t the only beer fest in the country, in the fall every little town or dorf has its own wine or beer fest and often the smaller it is, the more intimate it is, and the easier it is to get to know the locals.

In Germany, it is customary to share tables, especially at festivals.  Small groups, couples, or families will find a spot they fit in and plop down.  Whoever comes and sits next to them become their drinking buddies for the night.  I enjoy this so much that I’ve stopped trying to get a large group to go to the fest with, just Jim and me.  That way we can be assured that we’ll be adopted by our tablemates.  So much fun!

Have you been to Germany?  Have you experienced the Oktoberfest and any other wine or beer fests?


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  1. I love Germany from having lived there for 3 years. My daughter went to a DOD school at Bitburg which is closed now I think. It is so wonderful to find a DOD teacher/blogger. Really enjoying reading your posts. Keep up the good work.

    1. Julia, It is fun. For a non-drinker,it’s best to go to the festivals, especially the big ones during the day and leave before people get too drunk. That’s even how I like to do it, and I’ll have a beer!

  2. Thanks for the shout out! I have all my shout outs planned and yours is scheduled (and already written) for tomorrow’s post.

    Great tips on the tables. I think people get freaked out when they first experience it, but it’s really not so bad at all.

  3. My first visit to Germany was a school exchange when I was 14 – there was a festival while I was there, though obviously I wasn’t drinking! I’m rather partial to a beer now (Belgium is good too as I’ve recently discovered.) We have a proper German brewery in Glasgow, run by a German woman according to German purity laws. Serves hearty German food too! I enjoy a visit to the bar / restaurant and must take the brewery tour some day.

  4. I had a friend who lived in Germany with her husband and when they came back to oz, she showed me lots of wonderful things. She ran a shop and all the ex pat German people in the area would come to have a place to talk and buy their favourite things.

  5. I have a few friends that frequent Oktoberfest every year and they say its an awesome experience! I know that I would love to do this at least once in my lifetime though I am not sure that going there would be the best time to go and explore other parts of the country – maybe that trip should just be focused on the beer drinking festival 🙂

  6. LOVE your photo. You must have a really nice camera to get these awesome shots you do. Germany is on my list of places I’d LOVE to visit. I can’t drink beer anymore, somehow I developed an allergy to it, but I love wine so it will be fine. Hubby loves beer. My Dad’s side of the family is German, from Pfullengen (not sure I remembered how to spell that). I’m 5th generation here in the states. Is it as clean and quaint as I picture in my mind? Where in Germany did you go? How long were you there?

    1. Sandy, I currently live in Germany and have for the past year and half. It is both clean and quaint, and a whole lot more. There’s plenty of beautiful towns, good food, good wine and beer, fantastic people, and it’s super easy to get around. Really it’s a dream destination. With your family history, I hope you make it here soon!

  7. We opted to skip Oktoberfest and head to Germany a few months earlier, but did go to a beer garden in Munich and sit on long benches alongside all sorts of people.

  8. I never thought I would enjoy travelling in Germany as much as I have. I spent sixteen days at Oktoberfest in 2011 and I’ve never looked at beer the same way again, however…

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