Montreal History Museum: Musée McCord

Dedicated to Canadian history, the McCord Museum was inaugurated in 1921 by David Ross McCord, a native born Montrealer, whose family first settled in Canada in the 1700’s. McCord was an avid collector of all things related to the history of Montreal, Quebec and Canada and its varying cultures. It was his original collection and […]

The History of Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Montreal‘s St. Patrick’s Day parade has been held since 1824. The parade is named after St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, whose feast day falls on March 17. Born in the late 4th century in Roman Britain, Patrick showed little interest in Christianity until he was kidnapped and spent six years in Ireland as a […]

Germany: Baden’s Hex Vom Dasenstein Winery

The name of this wine cooperative comes from a colorful local legend. According to the story, in 1356AD, the daughter of a local nobleman had an affair with a commoner from the village of Kappelrodeck. Once her father discovered the affair, he banished his daughter from their castle and she was forced to spend the […]

The Bavarian Maibaum: A 16th Century Tradition

Erected in towns throughout Bavaria, the maibaum, or maypole, is meant to symbolize the independence, strength and community of a town. A long-standing tradition and closely governed by local regulations, the maibaum has to have a height of at least 30 meters and can only stand for a maximum of 5 years. Once a tree […]

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