At Lac Blanc Aventures theme park, the whole family feels like Tarzan.

Are you looking for a nice family outing with children, parents and even grandparents? Wouldn’t an experience off the beaten track with a zest of adventure and sensations, not be even better? And when the heat invades the plain here you will find a welcoming coolness. So the Lac Blanc Aventures leisure park in the…

Enjoy the magic of Haut-Koenigsbourg castle in the snow…

When I look up over the screen of my computer at home I can see the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle. But yesterday, I didn’t. It was snowing. At dusk, I left my keyboard and once more, I went up to the mountain facing my window … See my pictures and read more … In the early 1900’s…

Castle Haut-Koenigsbourg plays 50 shades of Green …

Trees and vines were ready. Ready for this little whiff of spring heat that would release the first leaves … In three days, the landscape has awakened! Suddenly, one, the mountains are draped in a light green dress that captures the slightest ray of light. Around the villages, cherry light up and magnolias emphasize that…

The beautiful and real story of the Christmas tree

The fir has long been the symbol of Christmas in Christian homes. A well-established tradition in Alsace for over 5 centuries, the Christmas tree would have crossed the blue line of the Vosges mountains to conquer French families only after the 1870s. At the heart of Alsace and the Rhine valley, the beautiful town of…

Meisenthal glass factory, craddle of the Christmas bauble

Further north of the Vosges mountains, at the edge of Alsace and Lorraine, there are several villages (St-Louis, Lemberg, Goetzenbruck, Soucht and Meisenthal) which had long specialized in producing glass and crystal ware. The village of Meisenthal is famous for its Centre International d’Art Verrier (CIAV; international center for studio glass). Glass has been produced…

Flying with the eagles at Kintzheim castle

From north to south of Alsace, the number of ruins of castles is impressive. Created and constructed in the Middle Ages by the lords of the Holy Roman Empire, these castles are still dozens to have survived the centuries to highlight the hills and mountains of Alsace their mysterious and romantic silhouette. I know particularly…

Strasbourg – an evening at the cathedral for its first millennium

The cathedral of Strasbourg in its colorful dress. Every night until AUG 31, 2014 and again in 2015 From September 2014 to September 2015, the Notre Dame Cathedral of Strasbourg is celebrating. The venerable building, which was once the tallest in the world, celebrates the millennium of its foundation. This summer already, and until August…

The imperial eagle is back hovering over the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle

In the early summer this year, on my way home from Riquewihr to La Vancelle my eye was suddenly caught by an unusual brilliance on the top of the mountain. The keep of the castle Haut-Koenigsbourg was gleaming! For nearly a year, the tower was covered with an impressive scaffolding to complete the repair of…

Christmas atmosphere in Obernai and Mount Sainte-Odile region

Less than an hour drive from Riquewihr or Colmar, heading north towards Strasbourg the monastry of Sainte-Odile is set on the Vosges mountains overlooking the little medieval city of Obernai. Together with a couple of lovely villages as Rosheim and Boersch, this is another place to visit for a different day out, especially during the…

Meisenthal, craddle of the Christmas bauble

Further north of the Vosges mountains, at the edge of Alsace and Lorraine, there are several villages (St-Louis, Lemberg, Goetzenbruck, Soucht and Meisenthal) which had long specialized in producing glass and crystal ware. The village of Meisenthal is famous for its Centre International d’Art Verrier (CIAV; international center for studio glass). Glass has been produced…

Haut-Koenigsbourg castle: a 900 years long history …

When I was a kid, we went to the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg with our school. It was always a romantic and magical day out that struck our minds of children. For several years since, the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg is at my window. And it is still magical … Of course, for almost a millennium, it…