Christmas Trails in Osthouse

Les “Sentiers de Noël” are back! — Update 2015. A superb sound and light show is taking place in Osthouse, a village beside Erstein, south of Strasbourg. The word “show” is probably a misnomer. It is an experience. It is a colorful immersion, cheerful and naive, in the world of fairy tales and legends of…

Spring in Alsace and the real history of the Easter Bunny

Once more, Spring is here! Actually the past 15 days were pretty mild and sunny already. The music and noises made by Carnival succeeded in chasing away the cold spirits of the Winter. Nature is awaking: in the vineyards and landscapes … All over Alsace and the upper Rhine valley but also in the Vosges…

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…

Early Spring and Easter in Riquewihr and Upper Rhine

Good news: Spring will be here before the end of this week. Actually the past 15 days were pretty mild and sunny already. The music and noises made by Carnival succeeded in chasing away the cold spirits of the Winter. Nature is awaking: in the vineyards and landscapes … All over Alsace and the upper…

Fastnacht in the Upper Rhine valley

An old tradition in the valley of the Upper Rhine, southern Germany and Switzerland, Fasnacht or Fastnacht (carnival) is the time of the year when the reign of bad spirits of the cold and grim winter period is over and these spirits are symbolically being hunted down and expelled. Carnival – Fasnacht in the valley…

Do not miss Basel carnival and the Morgenstreich – update 2014

The Morgenstreich is a major and spectacular event that starts the Basel carnival. The Morgenstreich or procession of lanterns, is consistently held the Monday following Ash Wednesday. In 2014 the Morgenstreich will take place on Monday, March 10 at 4:00 in the morning. Yes you will have to get up early, but you will not…

Basel carnival and the Morgenstreich

This is the first time I’ve been at the famous Morgenstreich of the Basel Carnival. You have to earn it! Every year, a special train chartered by the SNCF (the French railways company) takes the Alsatian participants to what is the most famous carnival in the region. The train leaves Strasbourg at 1:15 am, stops…

Carnival – Mulhouse celebrates 60 years parade

An old tradition in the valley of the Upper Rhine, southern Germany and Switzerland, carnival is the time of the year when the reign of bad spirits of the cold and grim winter period is over and these spirits are symbolically being hunted down and expelled. By the end of winter, each year around January…

Carnival – Fasnacht in the Upper Rhine valley

An old tradition in the valley of the Upper Rhine, southern Germany and Switzerland, Fasnacht (carnival) is the time of the year when the reign of bad spirits of the cold and grim winter period is over and these spirits are symbolically being hunted down and expelled. Carnival – Fasnacht in the valley of the…

Christmas Trails in Osthouse

Les Sentiers de Noël — Update 2015. OSTHOUSE Christmas Trails  — 27/28/29 Nov and 05/06 Dec, 2015. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: €6,50 – free for children under 12. 17:00 – 21:00 on Friday and 16:00 – 21:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Official website: http://www.lessentiersdenoel.fr The previous event took place in 2012. Hereafter my personal…