Monday, June 29, 2009

Falling in Love with the Alsace


In the last few years, I've been to a number of old towns in Europe. Unfortunately, after awhile, they all seem to blend to together. So when we headed to the Alsace area over the weekend, I wasn't expecting much.

But the little villages in this area are just charming. I wanted to hug them. People were handing out samples of sausages, wines, macaroons, and kugelhopfs out the windows. And who can resist that generosity combined with half-timbered houses that were all competing for best floral design of the year?

We stayed in Eguisheim (about 6k south of Colmar) at a B&B that wins best value of the year in my book. It is run by Marie-Therese and Albert Bombenger, whose house sits on a vineyard right outside town. And the best part was, they both spoke French and German, so we could communicate just fine. I highly recommend a stay here, and for 42 EUR/night including breakfast, it's the deal of the century in Europe and you'll feel right at home.

I also recommend visiting Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, two other adorable villages in the area.

8 comments:

Kerrin said...

OH ! I fell in love with Alsace so many times, and still do every time I go back. One of my favorite places to visit - in the world !! Really ! And that's not only because kugelhopfs are their specialty. :) Ok, I need to start planning my next trip there. And bonus, I know where I'll be staying already. Thanks so much for sharing the B&B tip. Genial ! Wunderbar !

Chantal said...

It really is a special area. I also found the people really friendly, which was a nice change of pace from Paris and Provence. And the wine...mmm. Plenty of spots for vineyard hikes too!

Suzele said...

I think Eguisheim was the first village I ever visited...

It's just so cute with the winding circular little streets not to mention about 30 wine makers in one tiny little village...

Can't beat that!

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