One of my favorite things – if not my absolute favorite – about Germany are the specialty shops. I grew up in the US where you go to one store for everything you need to eat. Not the case in Germany. If you want good meat… go to the butcher. If you want good cheese… go to the cheese shop, bread? the bakery, etc. I think it is an absolute shame that the art of these things has been either lost to our generation or is now considered a ‘delicacy.” It shouldn’t be considered a delicacy to have bread that is baked TODAY and not in a factory on the other side of the country (not to mention the chemicals that go in it). These photos pay tribute to those that still do things the right way.