End Times

No, not that kind of End Times, but the denouement of our East European trip.

As I mentioned before, we are staying with our friend Colette in Alsace and so royally were we treated, we were in danger of staying for ever.  In the three days that remained we have visited three vastly different areas.  First a walk around Wasselonne (W=V)

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Eva and Colette in Wasselonne

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Building dated 1610

The medieval town of Wagen  was almost too pretty, as if were the set for a Disney princess movie.

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Flowery chariot

Nevertheless it is a real functioning  town and though it has a tourist season, the foundation of its viability is wine, and being autumn the grapes have been harvested and the town was totally quiet when we visited.

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A back street of Wangen

Walking through the town into the country roads makes this evident.

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Vinyards stretch into the distance

This mini-tractor with hydraulic forks, removes old vines in about 10 seconds!

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Removing old grape vines

The countryside is extremely beautiful, especially in autumn colours.  The land is gently rolling, vines cover the south facing slopes and mixed broardleaf forest on the ridges.  Further west, valleys intrude into the foothills of the Vosges mountains, often with picturesque villages like Andlau, below.

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Andlau

This post is getting to be a bit bigger than  anticipated, so I’ll break it into three.  Next time Strasbourg.

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