Wine tasting in Riquewihr, my addresses …

For centuries, Riquewihr has produced some of the most beautiful wines of Alsace and the world. There is written proof of winegrowing activity in Riquewihr for almost 1000 years. Read more … Schoenenbourg and Sporen, the lifeblood of Riquewihr Let’s keep it short: the Schoenenbourg vineyard made Riquewihr. For centuries it has been well-known that…

Riquewihr, most beautiful wine village …

When I was a student in Strasbourg, the villages along the wine route and especially Riquewihr were on the top of my list for weekend escapes. At that time I could hardly guess that years later I would have the opportunity to undertake in Riquewihr all that exciting heritage renovation works … See more pictures…

Alsace Wine Route : open wine cellars in Mittelbergheim

Spring is here and the season of wine festivals has begun. The winemakers of the village of Mittelbergheim (between Sélestat and Obernai) unveil once a year in spring, the secrets of their cellars. A unique opportunity for lovers of Alsace wines to get acquainted with an Alsatian village of exceptional architectural and wine heritage but…

Early morning walk around Riquewihr (2)

The alarm went off early … The sun now rises earlier, and to capture the unique light of dawn, a lay down is not the best plan. Dawn brushed away the night when I go down from La Vancelle direction Riquewihr by the wine route. I guess the sun still hidden behind the blue line…

Walks around Riquewihr in Spring (1)

Spring in Alsace is not an easy season for the photographer … The vegetation is exploding: it is a festival of flowers and leaves everywhere! The asparagus tips show their nose. The activities also start again: flower festival, flea markets and local products … The terraces are taken by storm when the sun shines ….

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…

5 Christmas markets are awaiting you in Colmar!

The Christmas markets 2018 will start officially in Colmar Nov. 23, 2018 and will welcome you every day until late December, 31. Colmar is located in the very center of Alsace, a mere 10 kilometers away from the Alsace wine hills. Colmar and its surroundings has a sunny microclimate and is the second driest city…

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…

Christmas market magic in Riquewihr – 2014 update

 You may probably find it a bit strange to see a post about Christmas be published in the middle of the Summer? Actually we are just a little more than 100 days away from the earliest Christmas markets in Alsace (Colmar is starting on Nov 21, 2014). And waiting for a last minute opportunity for…

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…