Happy Oktoberfest to everyone out there.
|Map of Germany - Whitehall Shop|
I know, it is September, but the official Munich Oktoberfest kicks off today, and since we need no excuse to eat German food, we are not arguing. Actually, the event celebrates the marriage of Bavarian (the big dark green section at the bottom) Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, which happened on October 12, 1810, but the German weather has since moved the date of the nearly month-long celebration a little earlier in the year. We tend to have the opposite hot-cold issues in Texas and the annual celebrations around these heavily German-heritage parts happen a little later in the year.
Please no lectures on the fact that Oktoberfest celebrates a Bavarian event before the unification of Germany and before the modern German map took shape. I know, I know. But the map is pretty and so that trumps geopolitical history today.