If we associate nutcrackers with Christmas, it is largely because of Tchaikovsky’s 1892 ballet of that name. It is based on a tame version of an 1819 story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, a prolific writer considered a pioneer of the Gothic fantasy genre. He is one of the rare writers and composers to become a protagonist […]Christmas was born along the Elbe (part 4: nutcrackers)￼ — All things environmental
Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes […]Travel Guides: 25 Things To Do In Munich, Germany
Germany’s health minister Karl Lauterbach ruled out a Christmas lockdown on Sunday but warned a fifth COVID-19 wave could no longer be stopped and backed mandatory vaccination as the only way to stop the pandemic. “There will not be a lockdown before Christmas here. But we will get a fifth wave – we have crossed a critical number of Omicron infections,” Lauterbach […]No lockdown before Christmas, Germany says
The Netherlands went into lockdown on Sunday and the possibility of more COVID-19 restrictions being imposed ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays loomed over several European countries as the Omicron variant spreads rapidly. In the United States, White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci urged people travelling to visit loves ones to get booster shots and always […]Omicron threat looms over winter holidays in Europe and U.S.