Grape picking as in the early 1900’s

Grape picking as in the early 1900’s
In 2018 this very special harvest will take place on SEP 23, 2018 (the grapes are ripe much earlier this year). Come and join us!

Sled dog race at Lac Blanc

Next weekend I will attend the Nordic sled dog race at the ski resort of Lac Blanc, on the heights of the valley of Kaysersberg, not far away from Riquewihr. See my report and pictures about the sled dog race at Lac Blanc in 2016 Snow is forecasted for almost every day of this week…

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…

Alsace: ideas for your stay in Winter

A day out in the snow of the Vosges, the evening in the Alsace vineyards! Winter is full of surprises. Alsace allows you to combine many pleasures: a day out in the snow and open air in the resorts of the Alsatian Hautes Vosges and an evening back in the vineyard with visits of cellars and…

Weekly markets in Alsace: Grab your basket!

One of the pleasures of a holiday in Alsace, in any season, is to visit a weekly market to buy fresh local produce. So grab your basket and let’s go ! Markets in Alsace are an old tradition Local markets in Alsace were created in the Middle Ages by the princes. They were frequently set…

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…

Fantastic Morgenstreich – my Basel Carnival picture gallery

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. It is a must attend for many Alsatians … Here is my picture gallery of this year. See our updated Carnival page for the current year here. Wake…

Christmas concerts in Riquewihr – 2015 program

According to tradition, the first Christmas songs were sung by the angels above the crib to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus. Historically, the first Christmas songs were songs of joy evoking the Nativity, sometimes even rhythmic chants or dances. During the Middle Ages, the “mysteries of the Nativity” were a popular theater form where…

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…

WW1 – 100 years ago in the Vosges mountains …

Today is Nov 11, 2015. A bright sun is shining and the sky is absolutely blue over Alsace and the Vosges mountains that I see from my window. Difficult to imagine what a nightmare was going on 100 years ago not far from here. Today is Armistice Day (which coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans…

The White Stork, my beautiful queen of Alsace

When the end of the Summer is getting nearer the Alsatian storks are gathering for their yearly long trip to the south … My fascination with the stork goes back to childhood. It was a bird which was much talked about in the books, especially the tales and legends. On the contrary, when I was…