Sunday, September 30, 2012

Summer vacation in Alsace and Lorraine

Hunawihr, Alsace, France

When living on the French Riviera, going North for the summer vacation is actually a good plan: Temperatures are a bit cooler but it's not freezing yet and all the people have left for their summer vacation... to the Nice area, we can attest!

We spent the last 2 weeks of July in Alsace, thereby living at such a "contre-courant". We visited family and reacquainted with some old friends. We attended the baptism ceremony of my godson's brother Jonas in the best part of the wine region (Riquewihr, Ribeauvill√©). We spent some time in the Vosges mountains (picking blueberries and carefully removing ticks), and we visited some of my best friends in Lorraine.

The newly baptized Jonas in full armor... and slippers
Visited by a stork during the reception that followed the baptism ceremony
"I just love vineyards... and wine!"
A typical landscape from Alsace
Wild blueberries
Picking blueberries right by the "mur paien"/"Pagan Wall"
Panorama over Sainte-Croix-aux-Mines and valley
In the peaceful Vosges mountains at dusk

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